The history of rodent infestation is littered with widespread disease outbreak, most notably the Black Plague. While other parts of the world have seen a resurgence of variants of this deadly disease across Madagascar recently, it also is worth noting that rats and mice are currently capable of transmitting a wide variety of rodent-borne diseases domestically as well. To protect your family or customers this fall and limit the possibility of infestation, and therefore exposure, rodent control and prevention is critical.
Diseases that are spread by rodents can either be transmitted directly, through contact with the pest or its droppings and urine, or indirectly, through other vectors such as fleas or ticks. While there are many rodent-borne diseases that can be transmitted by mice or rats, transmission of some of these diseases is not likely in the United States. Here are some of the other diseases rodents are capable of transmitting:
- Salmonella – When you consume water or food that has been contaminated by rodents, you are at risk of contracting salmonella. This common bacterial disease can cause diarrhea, abdominal pain and fever. However, it can typically be treated with fluids within a week.
- Hantavirus – If you have inhaled airborne particles of rodent urine, droppings or disturbed carcasses, you could be at risk of contracting hantavirus. This rodent-borne disease is often mistaken for the flu initially then quickly takes a fatal turn if not treated properly. For this reason, using caution when dealing when performing rodent control is extremely important.
- Leptospirosis – Drinking water that has been contaminated by rodents or having direct contact with the urine of infected rodents can put you at risk of contracting leptospirosis, however, it is extremely rare. This bacterial disease can often lead to kidney and liver damage if not treated with antibiotics quickly. Individuals who spend time outdoors or working with animals are most at risk for contacting this rodent-borne
Pied Piper Services for Rodent Control
Rodent control for homes or commercial businesses is typically best left to professionals. If you notice any signs of rats or mice in your business, professional pest control services. Contact us today to learn how we can help protect your business from rodent infestations.