Just the thought of rodents nesting in your walls is enough to make you cringe. First off, nobody has time to deal with a rodent infestation, and second of all, it’s just gross. Sure, mice are cute enough, but it’s not so cute when you see one scurrying across your kitchen floor.
When faced with an infestation of mice or rats, it can be tempting to take a passive approach, hoping they’ll go away on their own or counting on the cat to start doing his job.
Still, the hassle is only part of why mice and rats have been categorized as ‘pests’. Beyond the annoyance and the ‘ew’ factor lay even bigger reasons why not to ignore an infestation. Rodents can put your health, home, and routine at risk.
1. Mice and Rats Carry Disease
Rodents have been proven to be carriers of a number of dangerous, and even deadly diseases including:
- Hantavirus – “They [hantaviruses] are carried by several types of rodents, particularly the deer mouse. You become infected primarily by breathing air infected with hantaviruses that are shed in rodent urine and droppings,” explains Mayo Clinic.
- Lyme Disease – “White-footed mice are the principal natural reservoirs for Lyme disease bacteria. Ticks that feed on mice are highly likely to become infected, making them capable of transmitting Lyme disease to people during their next blood meal,” says the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies.
- Tularemia – “Tularemia is a rare and highly infectious disease caused by Francisella tularensis bacteria,” reports Cleveland Clinic. The Clinic adds, “The bacteria can infect a wide range of animals, including…mice, and transmit the disease to people.”
Additionally, rodents are associated with Salmonella, Bubonic Plague, Rat-Bite Fever, Hepatitis, and Dysentery. Rat and mice urine and droppings create unsanitary conditions that pose a threat to the health of you and your family.
2. Rodents Can Cause Structural Damage
With their sharp teeth, rats and mice can tear into insulation and even chew through wood. This can cause damage to your property and even compromise the structure of your home.
Since rodents can nest and multiply quickly, it usually doesn’t take long for them to do damage or at least make a mess inside your walls or other out-of-sight spaces in your home.
This type of damage is not only tough to access and dangerous to clean up, but also potentially costly, especially if the problem has been allowed to continue for some time. Investing in pest control now can help you save big on repair costs down the road.
3. Nocturnal Pests Disturb Your Sleep
Mice and rats are nocturnal creatures. While you’re awake during the day, they are asleep in their nests. However, many homeowners with pest problems claim that as soon as their head hits the pillow, it seems the mice come out to play.
Yes, it’s tough to get a full night of good sleep when you have mice or rats scratching around in your walls. Beyond irritation, the sound of mice in your house can even cause fear, anxiety, and stress. Not to mention, you’ll be suffering the next day from your poor night of sleep.
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