Rodents. What comes to mind when you hear that word? Do you think of a long-toothed groundhog disappearing into a hole under your shed? Do you think of dozens of rats running through a subway? How about little white mice getting a workout on a wheel at the pet store? Whatever you think of when you hear the word rodents, we hope you're not "thinking" about allowing them to live inside your home. Rodents definitely don't belong inside our homes with us. If you've seen rodents or the signs they leave behind, you should know the dangers involved in letting them stay in your home.
Rodents Damage Homes
If mice, rats, or even squirrels find their way into your home, they more than likely didn't just walk through the front door. There is a good chance they found a hole or a crack somewhere in your walls or roof area. Sometimes rodents will find water-softened wood and will chew their way through. Sometimes there is a hole that isn't quite big enough, but they use their sharp, ever-growing incisors to make the hole bigger so they can squeeze through. Sometimes a hole is plenty big because other, larger rodents have already made their way inside.
Once inside a structure, rodents will continue to chew everything in sight. They can damage insulation, wooden beams, items in storage, and even wiring. If a rodent chews on wiring, and it makes a spark, it could mean losing a lot more than some stored items. All those items, plus the rest of the items in the house (and the house itself) could be lost. It is never a good idea to allow rodents to stay living inside your attic or wall voids.
Rodents Allow Other Pests In
If rodents are getting in, you can be assured that other pests are getting in as well. While a tiny crack may only let in tiny pests, a hole large enough to let mice, rats, or squirrels in is large enough to let almost any pest inside from ants and cockroaches to spiders and stink bugs. Rodents also carry other parasitic pests on their fur such as lice, mites, ticks, and fleas.
Diseases Rodents Can Spread
Rat-bite fever: If a person comes in close contact with a mouse or rat, and is bitten or scratched, it is possible to contract rat-bite fever. Symptoms of this condition include inflammation of the skin, fever, and vomiting.
Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome: Symptoms include fatigue, fever, muscle aches, headaches, dizziness, chills, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. If untreated, this disease can lead to severe respiratory illness and can be fatal.
Hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome: Initial symptoms begin suddenly and include intense headaches, back and abdominal pain, fever, chills, nausea, and blurred vision.
Lassa fever: Onset of symptoms are usually gradual and include a general weakness and malaise. More serious symptoms include: a headache, sore throat, muscle pain, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, cough, and abdominal pain.
Leptospirosis: Symptoms of this disease may include fever and chills, coughing, diarrhea, vomiting, headache, muscle pain (particularly in the lower back and calves), a rash, red and irritated eyes, and jaundice.
Lymphocytic choriomeningitis: Fever, headache, and stiff neck are just a few of the symptoms associated with this disease.
Salmonellosis: This stomach-related infection causes bloody stools, diarrhea, cold chills, fever, headache, and vomiting.
Tularemia: Symptoms of tularemia can include a skin ulcer at the point of contact with an infected animal or at the site of a bite, and swollen lymph nodes near the ulcer, severe headache, fever, chills, and fatigue.
Plague: Plague patients suddenly develop fever, headache, chills, weakness, and one or more swollen, tender, and painful lymph nodes.
If you are experiencing rodents inside your home or seeing/hearing the signs, it is time to call a professional pest control company. These are not creatures that should be ignored. Even just one rodent in your home is one rodent too many because just a single rodent can quickly multiply into families of rodents nesting inside your attic and wall voids.
Rodents can have a serious impact on businesses and commercial properties as well. They can present issues for customers and employees and lead to failed audits due to health concerns.
Whether you own a home or a business in Missouri, reach out to Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions to create a pest control plan to keep these harmful critters out!
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