The NPMA recently posted an article on their website that explained the dangers that rodents can cause to your home and your health. Rodents can cause unsanitary conditions and extensive property damage, but they can also effect your health in a very serious way.
Rodents, such as mice and rats, can leave droppings that can spread bacteria, contaminate food, and cause allergic reactions. Droppings can also spread diseases and viruses such as the following:
- Hantavirus – Hantavirus is a potentially life-threatening disease transmitted to humans by rodents—primarily, the white-footed deer mouse. People become infected through exposure or inhalation of infected rodent urine, droppings or saliva, and the chances increase when people are near spaces where rodents are actively living.
- Bubonic plague – Is usually spread by the bite of an infected rodent flea and can cause fever, headache and painfully swollen lymph nodes.
- Salmonellosis – Salmonellosis is a type of food poisoning spread by rodent feces, especially through the consumption of contaminated food. Symptoms include diarrhea, fever and abdominal pain.
- Rat-Bite Fever – Rat-bite fever (RBF) is a potentially fatal infectious disease spread by infected rodents or the consumption of food contaminated by rodents.