Mickey Mouse, one of the most celebrated cartoon characters in the world, has been a household favorite since his inception in the early 1900s. He is a welcome addition to all homes – a mainstay that manages to keep everyone happy and entertained at all times. Despite all efforts for rodent prevention and control in the Philippines and other countries, this character remains lovable.
While the idea of having a good-natured mouse at home that you can play with is cute, reality dictates otherwise. In fact, having a pest like this in your home brings with it a multitude of health issues that could lead to serious situations – sometimes, even death.
Luckily enough, there are a lot of ways in which you could prevent it from infesting your home. Here’s a quick guide on the different ways on how you can keep their presence in check, plus a quick overview of what you should know about rodents.
Before performing measures to get rid of rodents, it is important to identify them first. Commensal rodents (also domestic rodents) lives close to humans. You can easily identify them as those rodents which are active during night and shelters themselves indoors for warmth during the cold season, then goes out again when the summer starts. There are some cases, however, that these rodents will stay indoors if the food source is sufficient. Generally, rodents of this kind have poor eyesight, but in turn, do have a strong sense of smell, taste, and touch. What you have to watch out for them, though, is that they are good jumpers, swimmers, climbers, and burrowers.
Apparently, commensal rodents have three species that you could identify them from:
Now that you can identify these pests, it is also significant to know the signs that could indicate rodent activity. A few of these are:
Before you implement rodent prevention and control in the Philippines, it is best to determine their entry points so as to know where you would place your trap and other Philippine rodent prevention and control measures. Below are the common rodent entry points that you should start checking on so as to eliminate rodent infestation.
Mice and rats are known for their ability to transmit disease. The Black Death of the 1300’s is a clear example of that. They are also to blame for a host of other malaises, most of which can turn fatal if left untreated.
One of the most prominent is Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis (LCM), a rodent-borne infectious disease caused by the virus lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCVM) – a member of the Arenaviridae family. It is acquired when a person breathes in particles that contain rodent’s droppings, saliva, urine, and the virus’ primary host are house mice (Mus musculus).
Leptospirosis, on the other hand, is a bacterial disease that is most commonly acquired during the wet season. Generally, one can be infected when he/she comes in contact with infected water, most likely by swimming or drinking water contaminated with urine of infected rodents.
Danger may also come from a scratch, bite, or contact with an infected or dead rodent, also called as Rat-Bite Fever (RBF). This fever, when not treated, may also turn into a serious or fatal disease.
Salmonellosis, which is also a bacterial disease (Salmonella enterica bacterium), is transmitted through eating and drinking food or water that is contaminated with rodent feces. Most likely, those who are infected may experience fever, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps.
Along with these diseases, Murine Typhus, also known as flea-borne or endemic typhus, is caused by a bacteria known as Rickettsia typhi. People get infected when they get in contact with infected fleas, particularly when its feces are rubbed into cuts or scrapes of the person, and their primary hosts – of course, are rodents.
Having stated these particular diseases highlights the importance of keeping one’s environment clean; seeing as even the smallest things can have huge ramifications on a person’s health.
Rodent prevention and control in the Philippines isn’t too difficult as long as you know what you are doing. See the following tips if you want to ensure that your home is as pest free as possible:
As long as you keep your environment safe and clean, then you are bound to be safe from all kinds of pests and critters, and that includes rodents. Remember that the best prevention is to simply make your home inhospitable to them.
However, despite the most extensive preventive measures, some pests do get into people’s homes. As long as they remain undisturbed, it can even turn into a full-blown infestation.
So what can you do to get ahold of these pests and prevent infestation? One way to get to it is through trapping. Trapping is your first level method in controlling pests. With that being said, here are three specific traps that you could use in trapping rodents.
Along with the above-stated points, it is also better to conduct inspections and checks as often as you can. There is nothing wrong with being cautious about what is in your home after all. For this reason, here are some additional tips that may help you to prevent these rodents in invading your home.
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