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The Health Dangers of a Household Rodent Infestation

Rats and mice are very good at finding food, water, and shelter. Due to their size and physical make-up, rodents can squeeze through holes no bigger than nickel or quarter, which means rats and mice in search of a place to call home can easily sneak into yours. Unfortunately, rodents in your home puts you and your family at risk of contracting some very serious diseases. Rodents are known to carry and transmit at least 25 different diseases. If you suspect mice or rats in your home, contact a rodent control company in Crystal Lake to protect yourself and your family from these following health risks:

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome

HPS was first discovered in 1993, and has since resulted in more than 500 confirmed deaths in the United States. This sometimes fatal respiratory disease can be contracted by simply breathing in air contaminated with the virus, which can be found in the urine, droppings, and saliva of rodents. If you recognize the early symptoms of HPS, seek medical treatment and contact a rodent control provider in your area to eliminate mice and rats that may be spreading the disease.

Rat Bite Fever

Although RBF is usually transmitted after being bit or scratched by a rodent infected with the bacteria Streptobacillus moniliformis or Spirillum minus, people can also contract the disease handling rodents with the aforementioned bacteria (even without a bite or scratch) or by consuming contaminated food or beverages. If not treated, RBS can be a serious or even fatal disease. Again, if you notice the symptoms of RBF, contact your health care provider and set up rodent extermination to prevent further exposure to the disease.

Leptospirosis

Also known as field fever, leptospirosis is an infection caused by a corkscrew-shaped bacteria called Leptospira that is commonly carried in many wild animals but is particularly prevalent among rodents. If left untreated, leptospirosis can cause kidney failure, pulmonary hemorrhaging (internal bleeding), and death. If you are concerned about rats and mice in your home, contact a pest control company in Crystal Lake and schedule rodent extermination to protect yourself and your family from this potentially fatal disease.

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