Rodent problems are all too common, and if you have them in your home, you should take immediate action to get rid of them. In addition to frightening and grossing people out, rodent infestation can lead to serious health complications, ruined food, and structural damage.
1. Rodents can eat and contaminate your food. Needless to say, if you take a bite of food and have to pull rodent fur out of your teeth, you’ll understand why rodent problems are worth worrying about. Rodents also leave behind urine and feces in food. So if you realize rodents have been feeding themselves in your pantry, you’ll need to get rid of all food that’s not extremely well-sealed—which can add up to a significant amount of money.
2. Rodents spread disease. Do you remember studying the “Black Plague” that wiped out nearly half of Europe’s population in the 14th century? The suspected cause was a bacteria transmitted by fleas that lived off rats. Rodents still carry disease today, and while a pandemic isn’t likely, they spread many health problems such as rat bite fever, Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, and leptospirosis. Each year thousands of people are bitten by rodents, exposing them to the possibility of these and other rodent-borne diseases. Less frightening, but nonetheless problematic, are allergic reactions and asthma caused by rodents’ urine, feces, fur, and dander.
3. Rodents can harm you home. Rodents like to burrow and gnaw. The burrowing can cause foundational problems, and the gnawing can destroy wiring. This damage can lead to problems such as gas leaks, power outages, and internet and phone connectivity loss. Even worse, it can result in electrical and gas fires that destroy homes and kill people. Many fires that are attributed to “unknown causes” were probably caused by rodents.
Rely on Professionals for Removal Rodent problems are troublesome enough that if you have them you’ll need to call in pest-control experts to ensure that they are completely eradicated. A specialist can then help protect your home against further invasion and discuss preventative measures you can take to keep them permanently outside.