Rodents and The Health Threats To People and Pets
Are you aware that rodents can pose a severe risk to public health? And it’s not just through a bite? Let us provide some beneficial information about the health risks you face when encountering rodents or having them live in your home or business.
For one, we start with the spread of disease.
Rodents are known carriers of various diseases that can transmit to humans. For example, they can carry bacteria, viruses, and parasites that cause leptospirosis, hantavirus, rat-bite fever, Salmonellosis, Tularemia and lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCMV), a neurological disease.
These diseases can be transmitted through inhalation and direct contact with rodents, their urine, feces, saliva, and bites.
Are you aware that it’s estimated that 5% of house mice throughout the US carry LCMV? In addition, they can easily transmit the disease without anyone knowing it.
Contamination of Food and Water
Rodents tend to make our homes, businesses, and agricultural areas in search of food and water sources their homes as well.
Their droppings, urine, and hair can contaminate food storage areas, kitchens, and pantries. Consumption of contaminated food or water can lead to food poisoning and other illnesses.
Allergies and Asthma
Rodent droppings and urine contain proteins that can trigger allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Breathing in allergens and contaminated dust from rodent infestations can lead to respiratory problems, including asthma attacks and allergic rhinitis.
Property Damage Leading to a Fire Hazard
Rodents have sharp teeth that continuously grow, leading them to gnaw on various materials to keep their teeth trimmed. Unfortunately, this behavior can damage property, including chewed wires, pipes, insulation, furniture, and structural elements of buildings.
In addition, damaged electrical wiring can pose a fire hazard, putting humans and pets at considerable risk.
Indirect Transmission of Parasites
Rodents can carry external parasites like fleas, ticks, and mites. These parasites can infest rodents and spread to humans and other animals, potentially causing additional health problems. And as many of us know, ticks can carry Lyme disease, which, if not caught early, can be highly debilitating.
Living or working in an environment infested with rodents can psychologically impact individuals. The fear and stress associated with rodent infestations can lead to anxiety, sleep disturbances, and reduced quality of life.
To mitigate these health threats, taking preventive measures to control rodent populations and promptly address infestations is crucial. This can include sealing entry points, maintaining cleanliness and hygiene, storing food properly, and seeking professional pest control assistance when necessary.
Prevent These Health Threats Now
Contact Garfield Pest Control to know that the rodent problem in your home or business has been eliminated. In addition, get advice on how to keep them away for good.