The danger of a creature often depends on its environment. A rodent living as a house pet, for instance, is nearly harmless. As long as their cage is kept clean and they are only fed clean and healthy foods, they pose no real threat to their human owners. Rodents that roam free, on the other hand, are not as harmless. Just like a young child who’s allowed to play without supervision, rodents without confines have a habit of getting dirty. Unlike young children, however, rodents don’t get clean afterward. Instead, they marinate in their filth and, over time, can pick up dangerous bacteria, pathogens, and parasitic worms. What is crazy is that the issues rodents cause do not stop there. Here’s why rodents in your Greenville home are a bigger problem than you may think.
Common Home-Invading Rodents
In our area, there are only two types of rodents that are known for invading homes regularly, mice and rats. Of these two, mice are smaller, making them more capable of squeezing into homes. Rats are twice the size of mice and are notably stronger. Both of these rodents are hairy, have long tails, and are equipped with sharp front incisor teeth, which they use to chew through a variety of materials. Around homes, it is not uncommon for rodents to gnaw holes through wood, plastic, leather, clothing, wires, water pipes, concrete, and even metal. This chewing isn’t just for fun; rodents must gnaw on things regularly to keep down the length of their teeth. As you can guess, this behavior has the potential to lead to severe structural damage around your home. Some of the worst problems rodents cause with their constant chewing include water leaks, flooding, electrical outages, and electrical fires.
The Health Hazards Rodents Pose
Rodents are filthy creatures that love spending time around trash, sewers, and dead organisms. Because of this lifestyle, rodents often carry dangerous bacteria, pathogens, and parasitic pests. Inside homes, they spread these sickness vectors over countertops, tables, and into the food they scavenge. A few of the most notable diseases rodents spread are salmonellosis, hantavirus, and choriomeningitis. Here are some common symptoms associated with rodent-borne diseases.
- Fever (salmonellosis, hantavirus, choriomeningitis)
- Stomach Cramps (salmonellosis)
- Diarrhea (salmonellosis, hantavirus)
- Muscle Aches (hantavirus)
- Dizziness (hantavirus)
- Chills (hantavirus)
- Abdominal Pain (hantavirus)
- Nausea (hantavirus, choriomeningitis)
- Vomiting( hantavirus, choriomeningitis)
- Headaches (choriomeningitis)
- Anorexia (choriomeningitis)
- Malaise (choriomeningitis)
- Light sensitivity (choriomeningitis)
When cleaning up after a rodent infestation, make sure to use protective gear to avoid coming in contact with their fecal matter and urine as this is where diseases reside.
How To Get Rodents Out Of Your Home
Rodents are some of the most challenging pests to get out of a home. Not only are they known for being prolific breeders, but rodents are also adept at avoiding danger and staying hidden. If you are up against a rodent infestation in your home, you only have two options. For small infestations of only one or two rodents, store-bought traps might solve your problem, if used quickly and baited with peanut butter, not cheese. If several rodents have invaded your home, however, the best course of action is professional rodent control. At PinPoint Pest Solutions, we have the tools and experience needed to remove rodents from homes and other properties effectively. The longer rodents live inside your home, the more threat they are to you and your family.
Reach out to us today if you have questions or to schedule a service visit for your Greenville home.