Rodents including rats, mice, squirrels, and prairie dogs are associated with all kinds of diseases and health problems. They are not something you want in or around your home. Unfortunately, millions of Americans are dealing with them on a regular basis. Let’s take a look at some of the health problems associated with rodents and the best ways to prevent and combat rodents in your home.
Health Problems Associated with Rodents
Rodents can spread disease directly through exposure to feces, urine, and bites, or indirectly where the disease is actually transmitted through an intermediate source like a flea or tick. Just a few of the common diseases associated with rodents are hantavirus, leptospirosis, rat-bite fever, plague, typhus, Colorado tick fever, and Lyme disease. Symptoms of these diseases can range from simple flu-like symptoms to meningitis, liver failure, and in rare cases even death.
Combatting Current Infestations
Rodents often infest sheds, attics, crawl spaces, seldom used vehicles, and other areas. Using a rodenticide and trapping are two common ways to get rid of the live animals. If you have had an infestation, there are important things to remember before starting the clean up process. Since diseases can be spread by direct contact with animal carcases or even through the air via dust that contains traces of urine and feces, you will need special attire. Always wear long sleeve shirts, pants, plastic gloves, and a mask when working around rodents and their droppings. Before disrupting the nest materials or droppings, spray everything with a commercial disinfectant and let the area air out if possible. After raking and cleaning everything out, carefully bag all of the trash and dispose of it properly. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this safely, hire a professional to complete the process.
Preventing Future Infestations
Dealing with rodent infestations can be tricky, so it is always best to try to prevent them in the first place. The CDC has some excellent recommendations listed under their slogan “Seal Up!, Trap Up! Clean Up!” They encourage homeowners to seal the exterior of their homes so that rodents can not enter, use traps to control the rodent population around the home, and get rid of a rodent’s source of food, water, and shelter by keeping the home and yard clean and organized.
If you are having rodent troubles in or around your home, Midwest Pest Control can help. We have expertly trained technicians that know how to handle current infestations and can identify ways to help you prevent future ones. Midwest Pest Control is a family owned and operated company that is built upon honesty and hardwork. With a 100% guarantee, you can feel confident that we will get the job done and do it right!