Many homeowners assume rats and mice don’t pose a danger in their houses since they don’t bite. However, rodents are dangerous pests to have in your home because they carry a lot of harmful diseases.
Additionally, when provoked, mice can bite your pets and children and cause havoc in your kitchen cabinets. Unfortunately, rodents are secretive parasites that tend to stay away from human beings. Therefore, unless you have a large number of rats in your home, they can easily go undetected.
Some visible signs of rat and mice infestation you can take note of include rat droppings, grease marks on your walls, and dirt. Getting rid of rodents in your home is, thus, vital in maintaining a clean, germ-free, and hygienic house.
Here are some dangers of having rodents in your home.
1. Health Concerns
Research shows that mice and rats carry several diseases, some of which are deadly to human beings, e.g., Listeria, Hantavirus, and Rat-Bite. For instance, rodents transmit their diseases to human beings by leaving their droppings and urine around your home.
Alternatively, when they scratch or bite you, they can transmit deadly diseases. Some common diseases that rats transmit include:
• Black Plague – transmitted by fleas from rats that bite you and your loved ones.
• LCMV – this is a viral infection that is transmitted through the saliva and urine of rats.
• Salmonellosis – transmitted through food or water contaminated with rat feces.
Rodents play a significant role in contributing to allergies in your home. For example, a national study found mouse urine levels that can trigger allergies in 35% of houses. 82% of households also had higher trace amounts.
Mouse droppings can also cause allergies in humans the same way mold and dust contribute to allergens. Moreover, mouse allergens are a known cause of asthma in both adults and children.
3. Structural Damage
Rodents are a living nightmare because they can destroy your house and cause a lot of structural damage that can be expensive to repair. Rats, for instance, gnaw on wood and plastic, leaving behind holes in your floorboards and walls.
Besides, you can see teeth or bite marks on objects that they have chewed on, including your stored food. Unfortunately, some rodents also chew on electrical wiring, which can lead to real dangers such as fires.
Rodents tend to hide in woodpiles, beneath building foundations, inside ceilings and walls, and in cabinets. Hence, finding them can be challenging if you aren’t looking for rats. You will only see the damage they cause after they have made a home in your house.
4. Food Contamination
Rats and mice thrive in households that leave leftover food everywhere and don’t correctly seal their pantries or food cabinets. This way, they contaminate food since they leave behind feces and urine when feasting.
Their germs also contribute to food spoilage, and when congested, such foods can result in severe health issues. On the other hand, rodents spill food everywhere, making your home untidy and unclean. This eventually attracts more rodents to your home because food is readily available.
Eliminating Your Rodent Problem
Many homeowners believe that if they’ve never seen a rodent in their houses, they aren’t there. However, rodents can hide in the smallest cracks and crevices and live in your home for months without being noticed.
Luckily, you can get rid of rodents in your house by hiring a residential pest control company for extermination services. At Allied Services Pest Elimination, we provide pest control services that are safe for your children, pets, and the environment.
Call 858-538-2777 today to get quality pest control services.