You may have been lulled into a false sense of security by movies and TV. If you’ve spotted the telltale signs of a rat or mouse infestation, you might not be too worried. After all, with their wiggly noses and cute tails, what’s so wrong with a rodent making your home its own?
Unfortunately, a rodent infestation is a big problem for homeowners and business owners alike. In fact, keeping them at bay is a critical aspect of infectious disease prevention in Rochester, NH.
The new plague
Throughout history, rats and mice have transmitted more diseases to victims than maybe any other organism. For whatever reason, they are remarkably adept and helping viral and bacterial infections make the jump to humans. In early July, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that five cases of a new strain of bubonic plague had been identified in Bayannur, Inner Mongolia, China.
Given China’s recent history of poor disease containment and the current upswell of concern regarding infectious disease prevention in Rochester, NH, that news may come as somewhat alarming. Fortunately, the WHO has this outbreak under control for the moment. That said, this outbreak underscores the potential for rats and mice to carry dangerous diseases.
One of the most common diseases spread by rats and mice in New Hampshire is the hantavirus. This disease is caused when people come into contact with rodent droppings or get bitten. Hantavirus can lead to shortness of breath, coughing and tightness in the chest.
When you eat food or water that’s been contaminated by rodent urine or droppings, you run the risk of contracting leptospirosis. This particularly nasty infection leads to headaches, vomiting, yellowing skin and eyes, diarrhea and more.
You might have heard about the risks of salmonella from undercooked food, but did you know you can also contract the disease from mice and rats? Salmonella works its way into your intestinal tract, causing cramps, fever and abdominal pains.
Do you have an infestation?
Even if you haven’t spotted a rodent running around your kitchen, you might still have an infestation. Have you noticed food packaging or linens that look chewed through? Have you seen small droppings on your kitchen floor? These are just a handful of the signs that rats and mice have moved into your home.
Call on the pros
If you want to know more about rat and mouse control service in Rochester, NH, then come to Dependable Pest Solutions. We have decades of combined experience eliminating pesky pests throughout the area. We remove or eliminate a wide assortment of pests, including mice, bats, termites, ants, bed bugs, wasps, bees and so much more.
From the moment you spot a problem, we’ll send one of our highly-skilled technicians to your aid to assess the situation and customize a solution to meet your needs. Our highest priority is making sure your home is safe from unwanted visitors. That’s our promise to you.
When you need the best pest solutions, you need Dependable Pest Solutions. Give us a call today.