Why a Rodent Infestation is Dangerous for Children

deer mouseRodents living in your attic, basement, or walls are more than just an annoyance, they can also be responsible for the transmission of a number of diseases. It takes just a quarter-sized opening for rodents to find a way into your home. Kitchens, garages, and attics are their favorite nesting spaces. They live in groups and are capable of breeding very quickly. If you do have an infestation you should contact a professional immediately because these pests are dangerous for your children.

Why a rodent infestation is dangerous…

Rodents carry at least 25 diseases that can easily and quickly spread through their feces and urine. Some of the many diseases they carry include Hantavirus syndrome, Rat bite fever, Salmonellosis, Bordetellosis, Pseudorabies, and more. Also, being exposed to a rodent infestation can cause some serious allergies and make asthmatic conditions much worse.

Hantavirus was first signed out as a disease in 1993, and since then there have been more than 500 deaths reported. Humans become infected through contact with rodent urine, feces, or saliva. Symptoms include a cough, fever, muscle pain, fatigue, and headache.

Rat Bite Fever is an illness caused by bacteria transmitted by rodents. It is usually caused by a bite or a scratch from an infected rodent. Handling an infected rodent or handling one with the bacteria could result in transmission of the disease.

The mouse allergen is found in mouse urine and feces, and if there is a rodent infestation it can be found almost anywhere in your home. They can increase the symptoms of asthma and allergies, which is especially dangerous for small children. Traps and poisons most times are not enough to destroy rodent infestations. These pests breed fast and without a professional help it’s extremely hard to exterminate them.

Recognize rodent infestations…

If you’re not sure whether you are sharing a home with rodents, here are some signs of an infestation. Droppings are usually left behind in kitchen cabinets, drawers, bins, pantries, and along walls. A true rodent infestation is if you discover that they are breeding in your house, and their droppings are usually the first sign.

It’s almost impossible to take care of a rodent infestation by yourself. A good professional exterminator can help eliminate a rodent infestation quickly and completely. Since these pests spread diseases dangerous for your children, when you do spot an infestation, you should call a professional immediately.

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