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rodent-problems-mouseControlling rodents can often be a difficult task, but it’s definitely one that you must take seriously.  Let’s take a look at a few of the dangers that rodents can bring with them as they make their way inside your home.

 

 

Spreading germs

 

As a general rule, rodents such as rats and mice don’t typically clean themselves very well throughout the day.  They walk through filth, and everything they encounter comes right along with them.  They spread germs because their feet and fur are often in contact with contaminated food.  Rats and mice can easily spread E-coli and salmonella as they scurry across food and into your home.  Another thing to consider is that rodents don’t have bladder control.  They urinate whenever the need strikes them, and then they step through their own urine (and feces), spreading germs as they forage for more food.

 

Carrying diseases

 

This is the one most people are concerned about, and with good reason.  Rodents, especially mice and rats, are known to carry highly contagious and deadly diseases which is why controlling rodents is so important.  Although the Black Plague was a long time ago, there are still concerns over what a rodent can carry.  While diseases such as Lymphocytic Chorio-meningitis (LCM) can be a concern, simply by its very nature of making you sick, most people are much more concerned with Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome.

 

This latter disease is quite dangerous, with a mortality rate of 38%.  And not only can a rodent carry the disease, but so does its droppings.  When it comes to controlling rodents, you must be aware of this, because cleaning up feces can be just as dangerous as handling the rodents themselves.  It is suggested that you wear a mask of some kind when cleaning up the droppings left in your home.

 

Destroying your house

 

Rodents, especially rats and mice, can be quite destructive to your home.  They will commonly eat through wood, furniture, and pretty much anything else they can get their sharp teeth on.  They have even been known to chew through wiring for whatever reason, which can obviously cause problems.  If the damage is extensive enough, you could be looking at high costs of repair and restoration.

 

Another issue that people don’t normally consider is damage to your vehicles when kept inside a garage.  Ask any auto mechanic if he’s ever seen damage caused by a rodent and he’ll almost definitely answer yes.  This is more common when referring to the winter months.  As it gets cold outside, rodents will try to find any place warm to sleep, and will sometimes crawl under a car’s hood and chew through the wiring in order to build a nest.

 

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