Why Rodent Management Is Necessary
The presence of rodents carries serious health and economic implications. Some of the illnesses rodents carry can pose significant health risks. Rodent-borne diseases include rat bite fever, Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, and Lymphocytic choriomeningitis amongst others. These conditions can cause chronic symptoms, so home or property owners should do their best to keep rodents away from their property. These diseases can be spread to humans directly, through handling of rodents, through contact with rodent feces, urine, or saliva, or through rodent bites. Diseases carried by rodents can also be spread to humans indirectly, through ticks, mites or fleas that have fed on an infected rodent.
In addition to the diseases they carry, rodents also chew and contaminate food. Direct damage to product requires immediate disposal, wasting food and other items. Prolonged rodent infestation can lead to food contamination, as rodent feces and urine can contain harmful, disease-causing microorganisms. There have been numerous instances where rodents have caused contamination to food product putting people and their health at risk.
Not only are rodents dangerous, but they can also cause significant financial losses as well. A rodent infestation can cause considerable and expensive property destruction and substantial food contamination, especially in restaurants and other businesses. Additionally, rodents love to gnaw and may also target a home or business’s electrical wires or foundation, which at best can damage your home, or at worst, raise the risk of health problems. These financial burdens, along with the serious health and safety risks rodents pose, mean home and property owners should have professionals swiftly handle a rat or mouse infestation.