Health Risks of A Rodent Infestation

McDuffie Rodent Control

As winter approaches, rodents can pose significant health risks for you and your family. Seeking food and warmth, these pests may find solace within your home — bringing with them a number of potentially serious diseases.

Once they’ve infested a structure, rats and mice typically leave behind abundant urine and feces, which can contaminate sources of food, cause allergic reactions in some people, and spread disease-causing bacteria. When fecal matter dries out, it can cause serious health problems for people who breathe it.

In addition, rodent droppings can spread a variety of viruses and other types of diseases, including bubonic plague, hantavirus, Salmonellosis, and rat-bite fever. To ward off the spread of diseases carried by rodents, it’s critical to have a strategy for rodent prevention and control.


Diseases Spread By Rodents

What are some of the most serious rodent diseases that can affect you and your family members?

Hantavirus is one of several potentially deadly rodent born illnesses resulting from exposure to droppings. While a small number of cases are reported in the United States each year, the disease often is fatal. Rat-bite fever is another of many rodent infestation health risks that can be fatal. Symptoms including vomiting, fever, rash and headaches typically develop about three to 10 days following exposure.

Fleas that have fed on infected wild animals, including rats, can result in you or a loved one becoming infected with plague. The disease, which causes abscesses in the arms and legs, can be treated with antibiotics.

Salmonellosis, a type of food poisoning, can spread through food that has been contaminated by rodent feces. Symptoms of Salmonellosis include fever, abdominal pain and diarrhea.


Prevention and Control of Rodents

What are some steps you can take for rodent prevention? Most importantly, remove potential sources of shelter and food that may attract rodents in the winter. Store all garbage in metal trash cans with tight lids, and empty trash frequently. Be sure to take up any pet dishes soon after feeding, and avoid putting bird seed on the ground rather than in feeders.

Cars, old sheds and other structures can become homes for cold, hungry rodents. Rats are excellent climbers and can jump 3 feet, and mice can fit through tiny spaces. Be sure to close up any small holes that may allow these pests to take refuge in a shed or vehicle.

If rodents have managed to get into your home or other property, how can you begin rodent infestation cleanup? Trapping and poisoning — with assistance from a professional — can serve as effective methods of rodent control.


Contact McDuffie Pest Control

The professionals at McDuffie Pest Control can assist you with a variety of effective methods for reducing rodent infestation health risks. Since 1964, we’ve served customers in Northeastern South Carolina and Southeastern North Carolina with pest prevention and control.

To provide you with a customized recommendation for your pest control needs, our highly skilled technicians inspect your property. We then recommend the most effective treatment for removing the specific pests causing problems for you. With more than half a century in the pest control field, we pride ourselves on exceptional customer service. We look forward to developing a relationship with you and meeting your pest control needs for years to come.

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