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Are Mice Dangerous?

A Mouse in the House Leaves St. Louis and Missouri Homeowners Worried

When thinking of mice entering your St Louis home your first thought is probably that they are a nuisance but not that they are dangerous.  However, having a mouse problem can put yourself, your family and your home at risk.   Not only can a mouse infestation in the house put your dwelling and possessions at risk for damage, mice can cause health issues for people living in an infested space.

Once a mouse has entered a house, they love to nest in areas behind walls, in attics and in basements.  These areas of the home are where most of the electrical systems are; if a mouse starts to chew through electrical wires without you knowing, a short circuit could happen and result in a fire, putting the structure and people within in serious jeopardy.  Along with the electrical damage they can cause, mice have the ability to chew through pipes and structural timber.  This can lead to costly repairs, including addressing water damage and flooding issues.  Not much is safe from this rodent’s incisors as they will also chew on containers, furniture and other common household items.

In addition to property damage, a mouse problem can be a danger to you and your family's health.  Mice droppings can contaminate your food and food preparation surfaces and may spread Salmonellosis, a type of food poisoning.  A bacterial infection, Salmonellosis causes flu like symptoms that can include fever, diarrhea and vomiting.  Mice are also carriers of Hantavirus, which is transferred to humans when they come into contact with or inhale particles of mice urine or feces.  This virus also causes flu-like symptoms such as fever, fatigue and muscle aches and if left untreated, may lead to severe pulmonary problems.  While Hantavirus is not especially common, the number of documented infections has been on the rise and this virus can be deadly for some.  Besides spreading disease, they are carriers of parasites such as fleas and ticks which can introduce more problems into your home.

Unfortunately, mice are not the only types of rodents in St. Louis capable of causing this type of damage.  In fact, rats, squirrels and other rodents are just as likely to cause the same kind of structural damage and introduce the same health issues into your environment.  If you think you have a mouse or other rodent infestation, you should contact a trusted St. Louis pest control company immediately; the sooner you call and get the situation under control the better for your home and family. 

Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions is a trusted St. Louis pest control provider that has been in business since 1956.  Contact us today to see how our residential pest control service in St. Louis can help you get rid of mice or other rodents and eliminate the dangers that are associated with them!

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