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What are the havocs of rodent infestation?
Rodent infestation, or any kind of infestation in general, is usually farthest from our minds when we have a newly renovated or built house. Our minds are primed to enjoy the new amenities of our home. Later on, when we suddenly hear rats or mice scampering through the ceilings, ants crawling through cracked walls, or see that termites have taken shelter in our wooden floor panels or furniture, we panic.
The first thing one should do when these problems arise is to call a pest control service so they can give you an analysis and deal with the current infestation/s. But aside from just getting a one-time, big-time transaction, families should be informed of the 5 dangers of leaving rat infestations untreated so they can schedule regular house fogging sessions. They are the ff.:
Failing to eradicate infestations in the home mean these pests have more time to reproduce, increasing their number. An online article of Discover Magazine written by Liza Lentini and David Mouzon recorded that a pair of brown rats can have as many as 2,000 descendants annually if left unchecked. A family of 6 mice, can multiply into as much as 60 in 3 months, according to experts from crittercatchersinc.com. This number can reach over 240 in one year!
Leaving unknown insect infestations such as termites, and ants, can be also harmful to your family. Having a large swarm of termites can be detrimental to wooden furniture. Ants, most especially fire ants, can cause very painful bites and various reactions if not dealt with properly. Remember: more pests, more problems.
Termites eat wood, weakening structures such as banisters, floor panels, chairs, and other wooden furniture. This is harmful, as using damaged wooden equipment often may wear it down even more, break, and cause injury.
In the same article, Lentini and Mouzon wrote that rat’s two front teeth grow from as much as 4 and a half to 5 and a half inches each year. In order to control that, they gnaw on materials such as cement, brick, wood, pipes, and other small animals. So if you find dents or cracks in your walls, ceilings, or problems with your pipe system, it’s a possible sign you have an infestation.
Sure, they may look cute in pictures, but be careful not to let rats or mice bite you. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, infected rodent bites can transfer diseases such as lymphocytic Chorio-meningitis and the plague.
Lentin and Mouzon also noted that other diseases transmitted to humans via rats are viral hemorrhagic fever, Weil’s disease, and Q fever.
Truly Nolen’s blog article states that rat droppings and urine can contaminate food that is not sealed in airtight containers. Ingesting these foods unknowingly spreads diseases such as leptospirosis, rat-bite fever, salmonellosis or tularemia.
Direct contact isn’t necessary for rodents to pose as health risks to humans. Inhaling air tainted with either rat droppings, urine, or even the hair they shed from their bodies daily is enough to negatively affect your health.
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