The Dangers of Rodent Infestations
Although they may seem less threatening than other invasive pests such as termites or bedbugs, rodent infestations are more than just a nuisance – they can actually be a serious health hazard. Mice and rats commonly carry diseases when they enter homes, and the health risks can be fatal.
Some of the dangers associated with rodent infestations include:
- The Threat of Disease – Rats can transmit diseases directly from exposure to their feces, urine or bites, or through carriers including fleas, ticks, and mites. Mice are known for carrying bacteria, diseases, parasites, and viruses, all of which pose threats to humans.
- Rodent Bites – Bites are extremely dangerous to humans, and can lead to Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis (LCM), a serious illness that could cause neurological disease if undetected and untreated.
- Contaminated Food – Mice can contaminate food with their urine and feces. Diseases that spread to food include rat-bite fever, salmonellosis, leptospirosis, and tularemia.
- Contaminated Air – Humans can also contract Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis (LCM) from breathing in dust that’s been polluted with mouse feces or urine, which can have deadly effects.
So download your rodent fact sheet today to ensure that you’re protected from the harmful effects of rodents.