If you are a parent you know what we’re talking about when we say love/hate relationship. Generations of us have grown up loving the eternally perky Micky Mouse. Middle aged adults fell in love with a tiny immigrant mouse named Fievel in American Tale and current youngsters have Remy the French chef who also happens to be a rat. Yum.
Unfortunately, while our cartoon friends are cute, furry and typically helpful, their brethren that invade our homes are rather destructive and quite frankly dangerous to our health. There are the obvious problems: chewing through bags and boxes in our cupboards and basements, leaving little messes behind and scaring the daylights out of us when we unwittingly open a box of holiday decorations. But the more dangerous fact about rodents is that they are carriers for a number of diseases that can harm our families (pets included).
Worldwide rats and mice are known to spread over 35 diseases that are transmittable to humans. Some diseases that rodents or their parasite passengers can carry include salmonellosis, leptospirosis, tularemia, Lyme disease and even allergies (especially in young children) can be greatly magnified by rodent droppings. While some diseases are only transmitted by touching or being bit by a rodent, others can sicken humans by simply releasing airborne pathogens in their urine or feces, which is why it is so important to take action upon seeing even one mouse.
There are some things you can do in your home to help prevent rodents (List courtesy of pestworldforkids.org):
- Mice eat 15-20 times a day, so keep your homes clean and do not leave out food.
- Be sure to empty kitchen and household garbage cans frequently.
- Make sure that your home and storage areas are clean and dry.
- Make sure that you clean your sheds, crawlspaces, and garbage cans often.
- Close up any small holes and cracks. Mice can fit through incredibly tiny spaces.
However, if you have already seen the signs of rodents in your home (chewed boxes or droppings), you may want to call a professional to have them assess how bad the infestation is. You don’t want to wait until someone is sick to decide to take action.
Quik Kill Pest Eliminators can help you evaluate if you have a rodent problem and suggest how to have a pest free home. Give them a call at 800-525-0505.