Rodent Infestation Can Increase Health Risks

It’s no secret that mice are among the most unwelcome pests within homes and commercial settings. Though rats and mice have become popularized by films such as Ratatouille and Stuart Little, in reality, they have the ability to pass diseases to individuals within the home. As mice search your home for food, they are leaving droppings or urine at unexpected places. Unknown contact with these can cause an array of health problems.

Hantavirus

Infection of the hantavirus from infected rodent droppings or urine can progress to Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, which can be fatal to humans. The rodent is immune to the hantavirus as a host and will not exhibit symptoms.

Leptospirosis

When left untreated, Leptospirosis can lead to kidney and liver damage. In the most extreme cases, death has been reported. Leptospirosis is caused by direct contact with urine from infected animals. Interestingly only mammals are able to transmit the disease to other mammals.

Salmonella

The Center for Disease Control has stated that mice and other rodents are susceptible to carrying the salmonella bacteria within their digestive tracts. By coming into contact with their droppings you are at risk of contracting the bacteria. Severe cases may require IV fluids, but most people recover with just fluids over a short time.

Rat Bite Fever

Streptobacillus moniliformis is the cause of rat-bite fever. The bacteria are found within the mouth, primarily on the teeth and gums, and are passed to humans upon being bitten by the rodent. In the United States, Haverhill fever is the most common occurrence.

At Emtec Pest Control, we are committed to safe and responsible pest control. We understand that your family’s safety is your number one priority, so we make it our priority, too. If you have any other questions about any of these pests or pest control for your home or business, contact your Oklahoma pest control experts at Emtec Pest Control by calling us or by filling out our online contact form. Our service areas in Northeast Oklahoma include Bixby, Broken Arrow, Catoosa, Owasso, Jenks, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Skiatook, Stillwater, Tulsa, and the surrounding areas. In Central Oklahoma, we service Edmond, Moore, Oklahoma City, Yukon, and the surrounding areas. You can also connect with us on social media for more helpful pest control tips and information. We are on Facebook and Google+.

At Emtec Pest Control, we are committed to safe and responsible pest control. We understand that your family’s safety is your number one priority, so we make it our priority, too. If you have any other questions about any of these pests or pest control for your home or business, contact your Oklahoma pest control experts at Emtec Pest Control by calling us or by filling out our online contact form. Our service areas in Northeast Oklahoma include Bixby, Broken Arrow, Catoosa, Owasso, Jenks, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Skiatook, Stillwater, Tulsa and the surrounding areas. In Central Oklahoma, we service Edmond, Moore, Oklahoma City, Yukon and the surrounding areas. You can also connect with us on social media for more helpful pest control tips and information. We are on Facebook.