How Dangerous are Rats & Mice?

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Rodents are one of the most feared pest problems, and for good reason. Not only do rats and mice leave behind a mess, they also can create a hazardous environment inside your home or business. Rodents cause property damage and spread bacteria across any surface they come into contact with. Some of the most infamous diseases linked back to rodent problems include hantavirus and salmonella, among others. It’s important to learn about the dangers of rodents in order to prepare yourself for the reality of a rodent problem in your Los Angeles property.

Diseases From Rodents

Historically, some of the world’s most infamous diseases have been tied back to rats and mice. We of course know the bubonic plague was transmitted by fleas, but plenty of rats and mice carried the fleas and contributed to the outbreak. Today, some of these diseases are still a threat, especially if you’re dealing with a rodent infestation. The main three mice-borne diseases to be aware of include: 

  • Hantavirus
    • Most often found in the urine and feces of deer mice, hantavirus can cause symptoms from fever and chills to aches in pains. In serious cases, it can lead to kidney failure or worse.
  • Salmonella
    • The bacteria spread by rats and mice can track onto food. The most infamous bacteria is of course salmonella, known as food poisoning.
  • Plague
    • Historically, the bubonic plague was caused by infected fleas that were carried by rats and mice. This disease can still be spread today.

Damage Caused by Rat Infestations

In addition to the diseases they can directly or indirectly transmit, rodents can cause damage to your property. Rats possess incisors that never stop growing … meaning they never stop chewing! One of the common things rats chew on are electrical wires. When exposed, these damaged wires can create a fire hazard. The nesting habits of rats and mice can also leave a mess, especially when they tear through materials inside your property to create them!

How to Prevent Rodent Damage

In order to avoid the damage caused by (and diseases spread by rodents, it’s important to team up with a rodent exterminator. Especially when it comes to rodent control for commercial buildings, it’s important to work with a rodent exterminator who can prevent rat and mouse problems before they start. The rodent exterminators at Isotech Pest Management have the years of experience required to keep you, your employees, and your property safe from the dangers of rodents year-round.

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