If you’ve ever had a mice or rat infestation you know it can be an unpleasant experience. But what many people don’t realize is that mice and rats are more than just a nuisance; they can be dangerous to our health.
When rodents invade our home, the accumulation of feces spreads bacteria that can contaminate food sources. This bacteria can even trigger asthma attacks and allergic reactions in humans. This is particularly concerning when considering the fact that rodents defecate almost constantly. This means their droppings accumulate quickly, allowing us to inhale infectious particles.
Here are a few of the known diseases caused by rodents:
Salmonella: Mice and rats have been known to spread salmonella via the consumption of contaminated of food. Consider investing in air tight containers for non-refrigerated items.
Rat Bite Fever: This is a potentially fatal disease that is spread by infected rodents or by consuming food previously contaminated by rodents.
Bubonic Plague: If you thought the Bubonic Plague was eradicated from the United States, think again. Mice and other rodents can cause this same deadly disease that killed 1/3 of the population in the middle ages. While the plague is much more rare today, there are still several new cases each year.
Aside from the aforementioned health risks, rodents can bring other pests into the home. This includes but is not limited to fleas, mites, ticks and lice. Don’t forget that while these pests can be harmful to humans, they can also host on any mammal with hair. That means keep a close eye on Spike and Fluffy!
Never let a pest or rodent problem go attended. Always contact a professional pest control service like Aerex. Our technicians are trained to safely eliminate pests from residential and commercial properties.