How Rodents Can Affect Your Family's Health

How rodents can affect your family's health

A rodent infestation in your home is a large problem with many ramifications. Not only is it gross, but it can affect your family's health in a variety of ways. It's important to take care of this kind of problem quickly, so you and family members don't get sick.

They carry disease directly.

A variety of diseases can be transmitted from rodents through contamination of your food and water, by leaving droppings or biting or scratching you directly. Because of how quickly they reproduce, they can be a big problem and the number of diseases you may be exposed to will increase as well.

Salmonellosis is a strain of food poisoning and can be very painful. You contract it from consuming food or water that has been contaminated by rat feces. Once someone in your home gets this disease, it is easily passed to others. Symptoms include nausea, fever, and diarrhea.

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome is fatal in more than half of its cases. Children are more likely to contract this disease than adults. It is passed through direct contact with rat urine or feces or by getting bit by a rat. Many see flu-like symptoms such as fatigue, shortness of breath and fever.

The symptoms of Lymphocytic choriomeningitis can be long-term. You may also suffer neurological damage if it goes untreated. It is transmitted through contact with rat urine or saliva. Symptoms include aches, fever, meningitis, nausea, and encephalitis.

Rat-bite fever occurs when you come into direct contact with a rat and are bitten or scratched. It can also be caused by ingesting contaminated beverages or food. Symptoms include nausea, rash, fever, and headaches. These symptoms can persist for up to three months after exposure and damage can be long-term if it goes untreated.

Rodents bring in allergens.

If you come into contact with rodent urine or dander, you can easily get sick because they can contain allergens which can cause difficulty breathing, allergies and other asthma-related illnesses.

They bring in other pests.

The damage that rodents can do to the health of member in your family can be two-fold. They may also bring lice, ticks, and fleas into your home as well and cause even more issues.

Rodents have the potential to make us very sick, so it's imperative that you take care of them at the first sign. Contact us now for a free quote and to set up an inspection!

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