True, some people keep mice and rats as pets. Rats are known for being smart, intelligent pets. Mice have a reputation for being curious, and they could even be considered cute. But the difference between a well taken care of pet rodent, and a wild, uninvited pest in your home is huge.
The dangers of rats and mice in your home cannot be overstated! Rodents can swiftly breech weaknesses in your home’s exterior, without you being any the wiser. They’ll sniff out a cozy, isolated spot to nest near a food source. And from there, they’ll make your home their home. In a month’s time you’ll have an infestation on your hands.
Just a few of their favorite habits include: gnawing on electrical wiring, raiding pantries and cabinets, burrowing in attic insulation, and shredding storage boxes. Yikes! That’s not just gross, it’s downright dangerous. If you have heard scuttling or scratching noises in the attic, basement, or walls and have been ignoring it- don’t. You’re putting your family’s health at risk! You need to call in professionals ASAP to remove the rodents.
Read on to learn about the shocking dangers of having rats and mice in your home.
Do rats and mice give you the creeps? Is the thought of rats and mice racing around in your home unseen keeping you up at the wee hours night? Rodents make most us feel keenly grossed out. Honestly, it’s for good reason. Wild rodents carry many harmful diseases. Having them in your home is more than a nuisance, it’s potentially very hazardous to your health.
The habits that rats and mice practice on an everyday basis make them the perfect vehicle for anything from parasites to zoonotic diseases that can be severely damaging to humans. These health risks are mostly presented through food contamination and rodent feces. Possible infectious diseases include Weil’s Disease, leptospirosis, Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, Murine Typhus, Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis, rabies, salmonella, Trichinellosis, rickettsialpox, and Tularemia.
Hantavirus is one to be especially wary of if you have rats in the attic. Rats excrete the virus in their urine, saliva, and droppings. Breathing contaminated dust after disturbing or cleaning rodent droppings or nests, can cause a person to contract Hantavirus which is a very serious pulmonary disease, and can be deadly.
Salmonella is another common issue with rodent infested households. The bacteria, which can cause disease in humans and animals, is transmitted to humans by eating foods contaminated with rat and mice feces.
Mice and rats can play a major role in triggering dangerous allergies. According to a study done by the State of Florida Pest Control Unit, a national study detected mouse urine in levels that could trigger allergies in 35% of homes. Trace amounts or higher were found in 82% of homes.
Mouse droppings are also an allergy issue. There are as many people allergic to mouse droppings as there are to mold and dust. Exposure to mouse allergen is a known cause of asthma in children and adults.
These health risks are very real and require every precaution. You, the homeowner, should never try to clean-up or remove rodent feces yourself! There is a certain procedure for removing animal feces safely, which involves professionals wearing proper protective gear and using trained techniques to sanitize and treat the affected area. Contact your local specialist Green Rat Control to make your home a safe space once again by removing rats and mice and any signs of their excrement safely.
Home Safety Hazards
When you cozy up inside and prepare for a cold winter, your home becomes a beacon for mice and rats. Dropping temperatures cause them to search for refuge in warm places. In fact, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) reports that rodents enter an estimated 21 million homes in the U.S. each winter!
Never seen a mouse or rat in your home? Doesn’t mean they’re not there. A mouse can enter into your home through an opening as small as ¼-inch! Rats and mice are very skilled at sneaking around, unnoticed in the night. They can live in your home for a long time undetected, all the while nesting and reproducing. Unfortunately, many times it takes visible property damage or foul odors to alert homeowners to the presence of rodents in their home.
Here are some of the most common dangers rat and mice pose to the integrity of your home:
Rats and mice can damage attic insulation or woodwork by burrowing into the structure. This is one of their preferred nesting areas. The insulation is shredded and then further rendered ineffective by contamination from rodent feces and urine. Any contact with contaminated insulation could result in the transfer of disease- do not attempt to clean or remove it yourself.
Attic insulation is a key component in keeping your home warm and comfortable. If your insulation is not functioning properly you are definitely wasting energy and will notice a spike in your electric bill!
For high-quality attic insulation services that meet all your needs- consultation, decontamination, rodent removal, or insulation replacement, contact the Green Rat Control team.
Unless you’re an electrician, it’s tough to fathom the amount of wiring that is networked behind the walls of your home- out sight, out of mind. But’s it’s there, keeping the lights on, and all your appliances running.
Rats can chew through just about anything, which can be extremely hazardous, especially when it comes to electrical wiring. When rats gnaw through these cables, there is always the risk of combustion.
Home fires often get started due to an electrical or wiring problem. The good news is you don’t have to be a victim. This danger is preventable!
During home inspection for rats and mice, professionals will check your kitchen and other hot spots thoroughly for any signs of gnawing or tampering. You can get peace of mind knowing that all your wiring is intact!
Lock up your pantry! Rats and mice love all grain foods. They’ll easily gnaw through cardboard cereal boxes, plastic zip lock bags with speed to get to their prize.
They excel at climbing, and it’s a myth that rodents cannot climb vertically. Wipe down your kitchen counters and keep things tidy. You don’t want to make your space look inviting to rats and mice. Place all foods in the pantry or lower cabinets in glass Tupperware or thick storage containers.
Consuming foods that have been tampered with by rats and mice is highly dangerous. Protect your kitchen!
Take Control and Play it Safe
The NPMA recommends these tips to keep homes rodent-free this winter:
Seal cracks and holes on the outside of your home to help prevent rodents from finding easy entryways. Pay special attention to areas where utilities and pipes enter the home. Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
Don’t build rodent attractions near your home. Store firewood at least 20 feet from the home and five inches off the ground. Keep shrubberies cut back from the house.
Rodents can hide in clutter, so keep areas clear and store boxes off of the floor. Keep food in rodent-proof containers.
If you find rodent feces, hear sounds of scurrying in the walls or observe other signs of an infestation, contact a licensed pest professional to inspect and treat the pest problem.
Rats and mice are smart, but you are smarter. Get the experts on your side and neutralize any dangers or threats rodents might pose to the safety and security of your home!
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