Are Rodents Harmful to People and Pets?    

09 May 2024 · 3 min read

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Exterior rodents, including species such as mice and rats, can be a persistent problem for homeowners. These rodents often inhabit outdoor spaces such as gardens, yards, and wooded areas, where they forage for food and establish nests. The real question many people have is are rodents harmful to people and pets? While they may primarily dwell outside, rodents can create issues for homeowners by damaging landscaping, raiding bird feeders, burrowing under structures, and taking over children’s play areas. Additionally, they can carry diseases posing potential health risks to humans and pets.   

One of the primary challenges with exterior rodents is their ability to adapt to various environments and exploit available resources. They are opportunistic feeders consuming a wide range of plant materials, seeds, fruits, and occasionally small insects or bird eggs. Their constant search for food can lead them into conflict with homeowners, especially if attractive food sources are readily available.    

Are There Health Risks with Rodents?     

Rodents, such as rats and mice, are not just a nuisance; they can also pose significant health hazards to humans. These pests carry a variety of diseases, either directly or indirectly, through their droppings, urine, saliva, and even through parasites like fleas and ticks that may feed on them. Here are some diseases associated with rodents:   

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome: This is a potentially life-threatening disease transmitted to humans through contact with infected rodent urine, saliva, or droppings, primarily from deer mice. HPS can lead to severe reparatory distress and even death.   

Leptospirosis: This bacterial infection is spread through contact with water, soil, or food contaminated with the urine of infected rodents. Symptoms can range from a mild flu-like illness to severe complications affecting the kidneys, liver, and other organs.   

Salmonellosis: Rodents, particularly mice, can carry Salmonella bacteria and spread them through their feces. Humans can become infected by ingesting food or water contaminated with these bacteria, leading to symptoms like diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps.   

Rat-bite Fever: This infectious disease can be transmitted to humans through bites or scratches from infected rodents, including rats and mice. Symptoms may include fever, vomiting, muscle pain, and rashes.   

Tularemia: Also known as rabbit fever, tularemia is a bacterial disease that can be spread to humans through contact with infected animals or contaminated environments, including rodents. Symptoms vary depending on the route of exposure and can include fever, skin ulcers, swollen lymph nodes, and respiratory problems.  

Understanding the Risks with Rodents and Pets 

Rodents, while small and seemingly harmless, can pose significant risks to our beloved pets. As responsible pet owners, it’s essential to be aware of this potential danger and take necessary precautions to protect our furry companions.   

One of the most concerning aspects of rodents is their potential to carry and transmit diseases. From rats to mice, these critters can harbor various viruses, bacteria, and parasites. When pets come into contact with infected rodents and may contract illnesses.   

Beyond direct contact, rodents can also contaminate the environment in which our pets live and play. Their droppings, urine, and nesting materials can be full of harmful bacteria and allergens, creating an unhealthy living space for both humans and animals.   

Pets that spend time outdoors, such as dogs and outdoor cats, are especially vulnerable to encountering rodent-infested areas.    

Eliminating Rodents   

At Greenhouse Termite and Pest Control, we understand the urgency of protecting homes and families from rodents. Our exterior rodent control service offers a comprehensive solution to effectively eliminate these pests from your property. We strategically place bait boxes around the perimeter of your home, targeting areas frequented by rodents, such as along the foundation and near entry points.    

The bait used in these boxes enticing rodents in search of hydration after consumed. The bait contains a potent rodenticide that once consumed, can disrupt the rodents’ internal systems, leading to mortality. By intercepting rodents before they enter your home, our service helps prevent indoor infestations while ensuring the safety of your property and loved ones. 

References

https://www.kingcounty.gov/en/legacy/depts/health/communicable-diseases/zoonotic/facts-resources/diseases-by-animal/pocket-pets#:~:text=There%20are%20disease%20concerns%20with,LCMV)%2C%20Tularemia%20and%20Salmonella.

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