Did you know rodents invade an estimated 21 million homes in the U.S. every winter? Not only are rodents a nasty, uncomfortable nuisance, but they can also contaminate the air you breathe, your food and water with severe, life-threatening diseases. When they come along, sometimes they bring other pests like ticks, fleas, and termites into your home. In either case, rodents present a threat to you and your family. Below are some of the most common diseases caused by rodents:
Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome
Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome is a virus spread by breathing in contaminated dust, direct contact with rodents or their feces, and bite wounds. Early signs include fatigue, fever, headaches, and muscle soreness. Over time, it could cause a severe respiratory infection, and if not treated properly could result in death.
Leptospirosis is a bacterium spread by eating food or drinking water contaminated with urine, and direct contact to the skin. This disease is hard to detect and may be mistaken for the flu. If left untreated, it can lead to meningitis, kidney failure, and liver failure. These complications can take weeks to months to recover.
Lymphocytic Chorio-meningitis (LCM)
Lymphocytic Chorio-meningitis is a virus spread by breathing in contaminated dust, direct contact with rodents or their feces, and bite wounds. At first, the disease may be mistaken for the flu, with headaches, vomiting, and a high fever. However, this can lead to meningitis or more severe neurological problems.
Rate-Bite Fever is a bacterium spread by a bite from an infected rodent, contact with a dead rodent, or eating food or drinking water that is contaminated with rat feces. Early signs include fever, vomiting, headaches, and in some cases a distinctive rash. If left untreated, it can be deadly.
Salmonellosis is a bacterium spread by eating food or drinking water that is contaminated by rat feces. This disease is also well known to be caused by undercooked meat and eggs. Early signs include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal pain. Most individuals can overcome the disease with time, but more severe cases may require further medical attention and antibiotics.
Tularemia is a bacterium spread by handling infected animal carcasses, being bitten by an infected insect, eating food or drinking water contaminated with rate feces, and breathing in bacteria. Symptoms depend on how the disease entered the body. If the bacteria was inhaled, common signs are chest pain, coughing, and trouble breathing. Ulcers and swollen lymph nodes are symptoms of a bite. The disease is treatable with antibiotics.
If you have a rodent infestation in your home, you and your family are at serious risk for disease. Call the professionals at Frame’s Pest Control to quickly and effectively Rodent Control and remove the problem before it becomes a threat.
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