During the winter months, it’s not uncommon to have an unexpected visit with a rodent who has made its way into your home uninvited. People do not realize that these pests can be much more than a nuisance. Rodents, such as rats, mice and rabbits, are associated with a number of health risks. In fact, rats and mice are known to spread more than 35 diseases. These diseases can be spread to humans directly, through contact with rodent feces, urine, or saliva, and through rodent bites. Diseases carried by rodents can also be spread to humans indirectly, through fleas, ticks, or mites that have fed on an infected rodent.
This is especially concerning as this frigid weather continues and rodents need someplace warm to live. The National Pest Management Association estimates that rodents invade about 21 million homes in the United States every winter, squeezing through spaces as small as a nickel.
Rodent droppings can trigger allergies and transmit food borne illness such as salmonella, and as mice are capable of dropping up to 25,000 fecal pellets each year, an estimated 70 times each day – prevention and prompt removal in case of an infestation is key.
If you think you have a rodent infestation, contact A-1 Exterminators today for a free consultation. www.a1exterminators.com