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The Risks of Rodents

Posted By Critter Control of Reno || 11-Jan-2016

Rodents such as mice and rats can cause extensive damage to both your home and your health. They can be a nuisance that chew up wires and leave unwelcome droppings. But did you know that they can bring diseases with them that can be fatal? They spread these diseases in more than one way. At Critter Control, we want you to understand the dangers that rodents bring. That is why we have listed some of the ways they spread bacteria and disease.

Tainted Food

Rodents love to forage for food. They go through trash cans, gutters, and other pantries searching for morsels to eat. Unlike humans, they do not remember to wash their hands or sanitize before eating. This means when they come into your kitchen, they bring germs and bacteria, which they can transmit through their urine or feces. If you believe you have a rodent infestation, be sure to remove any food that was not in air tight containers.

Rodent Bites

While not common, rodent bites can happen. You should avoid them at all costs because mice and rats bring with them serious disease. A rodent bite can cause lymphocytic choriomeningitis, Lyme disease, and Hantavirus. Do not try to hold the rodents yourself when trying to get rid of them. Make sure to call professionals to handle the situation.

Contaminated Air

Sometimes you cannot see the risks that rodents bring with your naked eye. That is because some of the harm transfers through contaminated air. So while you’re trying to protect your family by closing the pantries and throwing out tainted food, you can still be at risk just by breathing the air. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, airborne pathogens brought by rodents can lead to Hemorrhagic Fever, Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, or Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis.

Don’t let your family’s health suffer because of uninvited guests. If you suffer a rodent infestation, contact our Reno animal removal team at Critter Control. We offer free inspections to target your exact rodent problems. Call today!

Categories: Mice, Rats

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