Pest Control 101: What You Need to Know About a Rodent Infestation

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Rodents are filthy little ‘house guests’ that you need to get rid of quickly. A rodent infestation left untreated will result in a costly problem that might take a lot of time to solve completely. These little critters can wreak havoc in your home. You’d be surprised at just how much damage they can cause. Below are three ways rodents can ruin your home. If you need help really quickly, visit Pest Control PROS immediately!

Electrical Damage

In case you aren’t aware, rodents chew on everything, especially electrical wires. These wires are essential to some of the most expensive items in your home, which you will need to repair or replace. But the cost isn’t the only issue here. By stripping the insulation and leaving your wiring exposed, it can spark and cause a fire, posing a great risk to yourself and your loved ones.

Structural Damage

Aside from wires, they can also chew through wood, furniture, sheetrock, and other materials. Not only can these damaged places be hard to reach for repairs, but they can also compromise the structure of your home.

Contamination/Odours

Honestly, you can smell a rodent infestation from a mile away! These odours can become unbearable when rodents become trapped and die. Additionally, these little furry creatures carry germs and bacteria, which will spread throughout your home quickly as the infestation progresses.

 

Coming into contact with rodent urine and waste is very common on easily accessible surfaces like countertops and cabinets. But you don’t even have to come in contact with them for your health to be at risk. When cleaning rodent urine and droppings, bacteria will become airborne, making it easier to breathe in.

 

3 Common Diseases You Can Catch from Rodents

 

Rodents are a nuisance. They damage your property and spread diseases wherever they go. Contrary to popular belief, they don’t need to bite you for you to catch a disease they might carry.

Salmonellosis

It is a bacteria that can infect both humans and pets through the consumption of water contaminated with rodent excretions. Symptoms typically occur 12 to 72 hours after infection and include fever, vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal pain.

Plague

This disease spreads through flea bites carried by contaminated animals and transmissible particles. Symptoms can vary depending on the type of plague (bubonic- or septicemic plague) but include swollen and painful lymph nodes, fever and pneumonia, diarrhoea, weakness and bleeding (skin and other organs).

Tularemia

Tularemia generally enters the body through your mouth, eyes or skin. The type of tularemia will depend on where the virus enters your body, but the most common type is ulceroglandular tularemia, which enters through the skin due to skin contact. The most life-threatening form of this disease is called pneumonic tularemia and caused by inhaling the bacteria.

 

Most of these diseases are treatable and alleviated with antibiotics, but they come with a timely diagnosis and many discomforts. Rodents in our homes are not just destructive. They are dangerous to our health and should be irradicated by proper pest control methods as quickly as possible.