While having pets is considered a positive in many homes, having unwanted animals such as rodents living in your attic insulation is less appealing. Not only do rodents tear up precious belongings to make their nests, but they also spread disease. Working with a company that offers rodent control near San Francisco can help you to rodent proof your attic. To help you better understand the risks of unwanted rodents; read on to learn about the diseases they carry.
Diseases Transmitted by Dust
From wild rodents, such as muskrats, to ordinary house mice and rats, rodents in your home pose a health threat for you and your family. Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome, Lassa fever, and lymphocytic chiro-meningitis can all be transmitted to you and your family through breathing in dust that a rodent has relieved itself on. These diseases can also be transmitted through contact with a rodent’s droppings, and, in rare cases, by being bitten.
Diseases Transmitted by Rodent Bites
Not all diseases from rodents are transmitted through the dust you breathe. Diseases such as the plague, leptospirosis, tularemia, salmonellosis, and rat-bite fever require direct contact with the contaminated rodent in order to spread. This contact is usually through a rodent bite or, in some cases, a scratch. To decrease your interaction with infected rodents, it is best to hire a professional to remove them.
Diseases Transmitted Indirectly
Rodents in your home invite other dangerous bugs and mites that pose health threats to your family. Ticks, mites, and mosquitos that feed on an infected rodents can spread diseases such as, babesosis, Lyme disease, murine typhus, West Nile Virus, and La Crosse Encephalitis—just to name a few. Rodent proofing your attic can lend to the prevention of the transmission of these diseases.
If you are looking to protect your family from the health dangers of rodents in your attic, call AttiCare at 1 1-888-743-7243. Our expert staff is experienced in rodent control and rodent proofing. We look forward to helping you protect your family.