There are lots of different types of rodents, but the ones you will most likely find rummaging through your home are squirrels, mice, and rats. Since their teeth are constantly growing, they always need a chewing source to file down their teeth with. If they’re currently living in your home, this could mean wood, wires, insulation, and your belongings.
Rodents can cause much more damage to the structure of your home than most people give them credit for. When looking for chew toys they can damage your insulation, breaking your A/C unit, or fray electrical wiring which can lead to fires. Also, rodents have very high reproduction rates, so if you allow one or two rodents to take refuge in your house, that could change to dozens within a matter of weeks.
The Dangers of Rodents
Not only that, but rodents cause a significant health risk for you and your family, and rats, mice, and squirrels are known to carry very contagious and potentially deadly diseases like;
- Hantavirus – also known as Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, this disease causes fever, aching, vomiting, and coughing. Hantavirus fills your lungs with fluid, normally resulting in hospitalization. While Hantavirus is treatable, it is a very dangerous disease with a 40% mortality rate.
- Leptospirosis – is passed through skin abrasion and causes symptoms like fever, nausea, and muscle pain.
- Rat-bite Fever – unlike the name would suggest, simply consuming contaminated food or water is enough to contract Rat-bite fever. Symptoms include vomiting, muscle aches, and a distinct rash on the feet and hands.
How We Can Help
If you find yourself with a rodent problem, be sure to contact the experts at Critter Control of Sarasota. We have over 30 years of experience that we can put toward assisting you in removing any unwanted critters. Call us today at 941-355-9511 to receive your free consultation.