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The excrement of rodents can spread illnesses and viruses, including: hantavirus, the bubonic plague, salmonella and others.
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Rodents are by definition a group of small mammals with continuously growing front teeth for biting or gnawing, such as mice, rats, guinea pigs, hamsters, beavers and squirrels.
Rodents are highly adaptable animals that make up over 40 percent of the mammal class. With more than 2,230 species identified, their ranks are massive, although only three types are considered major pests in the United States. They are the house mouse, the Norway rat and the roof rat.
These three rodents are identified as major pests because they are commonly found near human dwellings and are most likely to benefit from human structures, food and waste. Rats and mice pose an issue for humans living within the same vicinity for a number of reasons.
Rats and mice are both capable of transmitting disease to humans through their hair, droppings and urine. A single mouse can excrete 40 to 100 droppings per day, according to the Mallis Handbook of Pest Control by Arnold Mallis.
According to the CDC, rats and mice can transmit more than 35 diseases to humans including:
E.coli, Salmonella spp., Amoebic Dysentery, Anthrax, Cholera, Diphtheria, Hantavirus, Hepatitis, Lyme Disease, Ophthalmia, Shigella, Streptococcus, Tuberculosis, and Typhoid Fever.
SPREAD VIA: feces, urine, urine, bites and contact
Rats and mice might also bite, although it is not common. Sometimes a bite can result in rat-bite fever, a potentially fatal disease if not treated. Some people develop an allergic reaction to the excrement of rats or house mice, which can cause asthma-related symptoms.
Mice, rats and other rodents only need an opening larger than 1/4 of an inch in diameter to make their way inside a house. That means cracks and crevices, including where utilities enter the home and any gaps around doors and windows give rodents access inside. Once in, these pests will nest inside walls and crawlspaces or among boxes and crates that are often found in and around residential dwellings and in other areas where they can avoid contact with those who live there.
Once they are in your home they are very hard to get rid of. The most effective method of rodent control is prevention. Try to prevent an infestation in the first place by doing the following:
- Eliminate all entry points. Check for rips in door and window screens, gaps around window frames and cracks or crevices in the foundation. A mouse is a small creature that only needs an opening the size of a quarter-inch to gain access to your home.
Eliminate food sources. Make sure the kitchen sink is cleaned out each night and store food in airtight containers. Also, rodents love seeds. Make sure any bird seeds are stored in a container with a tightly fitting lid.
Organize cluttered areas. As earlier mentioned, rodents enjoy building their nests in low traffic areas, but they also like clutter. Organize storage areas to eliminate possible nesting sites and make your home much less appealing to rodents.
- Change of Seasons = Change Approach. Whether your facility is located in the frigid north or hot south, winter months mean cooling weather which can significantly impact pest behavior, so review your pest prevention protocols
If you think you have a rodent infestation, your mouse traps aren’t working and you still see signs of these pests, you likely have a much larger infestation that requires professional assistance, it’s best to Contact Us. We often get calls from concerned homeowners with rodent problems and they usually want to know “are mice dangerous?” The answer is yes and no, although they probably won’t physically attack you, they transmit diseases through urine and feces and bring fleas and ticks into your home. They can also damage the structure of your home by chewing and can even cause a house fire when they chew on electrical wires.
Signs that you have mice or rats at home.
Having rodents in the house can be absolutely disastrous, both in terms of the diseases they transmit and the cost of repairs, as they can:
Chew through wires and cause fires
Chewing inside the walls
They Make Disturbing Noises
Destroy property and belongings
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THE PESPRO SOLUTION FOR RODENTS
Pespro rodent control exterminators will conduct a thorough inspection of your property to identify if a rodent problem already exists. During this time, we’ll also identify any areas that may attract rodents to your home and locate any points of entry.
- Inspect and identify areas of rodent infestation.
- Identify conditions around the home that are conducive to rodent activity
- Make recommendations for improvement
- Seal off entry and exit points
- Install traps and/or baits as needed
With each ongoing visit, we’ll treat outside your home, fortifying the perimeter. And, if you request, we’ll treat inside your home again.