During winter, rodents like mice and rats usually seek food and shelter in warm spaces. They will make their way through the smallest holes, cracks, and gaps in our house or property. If you want to remove rodent droppings from your home, you should pay attention to the most common rodent-borne diseases and how our technicians can help you.
Once they’re inside, mice and rats create nests and hide in closed, dark spaces where there’s usually not too much traffic: attics, garages, crawlspaces, and even wall voids. The main problem with rodents is the viruses that come from their urine and droppings.
Rodent urine and droppings contain multiple bacteria. It’s the cause of dangerous diseases and viruses that can start from simple flu-like symptoms to severe respiratory failure. Mice and rats can also represent structural damage due to the decomposition of this waste.
Leptospirosis - Bacteria disease that affects humans and animals
Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease caused by the genus Leptospira. Sometimes, it’s difficult to detect because of its symptomatology. Leptospirosis bacteria are spread through the urine of infected animals and can also be carried through water and soil. It’s a strong bacteria that can survive for several months in damp environments.
In humans, Leptospirosis can cause the following symptoms that include:
- High fever
- Body aches
If your house suffered from flooding recently, it’s even more important to locate areas where the water supply could have been compromised. Leptospirosis can enter our body through skin and mucus. If you have domestic animals like dogs or cats, keep them away from closed, poorly ventilated areas where mice and rats may hide.
You should hire professionals to remove rodent droppings, as these bacteria can spread airborne if not contained properly. Our team of professionals is certified and ready to help you in case you find rodent droppings in your house or property.
Arenavirus - Transmitted via animal urine and droppings
Arenavirus compounds a family of viruses known as Arenaviridae. Depending on the host or species that transmit the virus, symptoms can variate, although the most common are Flu-like symptoms and Hemorrhagic fiver.
Humans get infected by Arenaviruses by having contact with rodent excrement or contact infected surfaces. If the person has an open wound and it’s close to an area affected by rodent excrement, they can get infected by Arenaviruses. It can even be transmitted through contaminated food or water.
Mice and rats can hide in the clutter. We strongly recommend keeping boxes off the floor and maintaining these areas organized. Bio-One technicians will help you declutter any area. We can also remove rodent droppings following strict protocols and procedures to disinfect and disinfect any surface affected by the infestation.
Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) - A common yet dangerous disease
Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) is a respiratory disease caused by contact with rodents that carry this virus. It’s a severe illness that could be fatal if not treated promptly.
The main source of infection is rodent infestation in houses or properties. While this disease has not been reported to affect domestic pets, it can still infect the household by bringing in rodents.
In the US, there are many variations of the HPS. Depending on the area, tracking down which species is more likely to carry the virus might be possible. Rodents transmit HPS via urine, droppings, nesting, and airborne transmission. They will make their way through clutter and debris to create the ideal environment for infectious diseases.
Cleaning an area affected by rodents (urine, droppings, saliva) can be difficult because even infected surfaces represent a risk of infection. Bio-One can remove rodent droppings and animal waste from any residential or business property, ensuring your area is safe from bacteria and viruses.
Salmonellosis - A disease that affects everyone in the household
Salmonellosis is a common human and animal disease caused by ingesting food contaminated by rodent excrement. They can carry the bacteria without showing any signs of infection, looking healthy and clean.
Hygiene is key to preventing Salmonellosis from attacking your account, house, and family. If you find any sign of rodents nesting in your garage or attic, address the situation and give Bio-One the opportunity of helping you if you fear the process can be dangerous for you and your loved ones.
Recommendations for rodent pet owners
If you own a rodent pet, we recommend the following:
- Pet rodents are not recommended for families with children five years of age or younger and those with a weakened immune system. This group of people is at greater risk of contracting Salmonella.
- Keep your pet away from your kitchen area and places where you store food and beverages.
- Keep your pet rodents’ food and supplies away from yours. Separate them and always wash your hands after touching, feeding, or interacting with rodents.
Rodent infestations can represent serious problems for your house. From a health standpoint, it’s important to attack any scenario of clutter and debris because mice and rats usually nest in these areas.
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