The Damage Mice Can Do to Your Home and Your Health

The Pest Girls (Amanda Forrestall & Courtney Carace)
The Pest Girls (Amanda Forrestall & Courtney Carace)

The Pest Girls – October, 2014

While we all may love the Disney figures, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, and may even enjoy taking our kids to Chuck E. Cheese, we certainly do not want to encounter a mouse or a rat in our own homes. Many are quite squeamish when it comes to these rodents, and rightfully so. In this article, we will discuss the dangers of mice and rats in your home. While you may find the occasional mouse or rat a nuisance, it is critical to realize how dangerous this could be to you and your family.

What dangers do they pose to humans?

1. Parasite Transmitters – Mice and rats can carry a number of diseases, some of which are potentially deadly to humans, like Hantavirus, Listeria, Rat-Bite Fever, Salmonellosis and

Bubonic Plague.

2. Allergies – According to a study done by the State of Florida Pest Control Unit, mice and rats can also play a large role in contributing to dangerous allergies. A national study detected mouse urine levels high enough to trigger allergies in 35% of homes. Trace amounts or higher were found in 82% of homes. Mouse droppings are also an allergy issue. There are as many people allergic to mouse droppings as there are to mold and dust. Exposure to mouse allergen is a known cause of asthma in children and adults.

3. Damage to your home – These critters eat or chew through just about anything including: insulation, wallboards, cardboard, and even wood. Some are especially fond of electrical wiring, which can lead to significant danger. Exposed wires resulting from mice are believed to cause 25% of U.S. house fires.

You may mistakenly believe that if you do not see a mouse or other rodent that you do not have a problem. If you see droppings or chewed wood, furniture or other signs – seek the advice of one of our experts at Pest-End Exterminators and Pro-Tech Lawn Care. Our licensed service technicians are trained to locate areas of rodent activity and potential rodent entry points. Pest-End Exterminators can come up with a plan to eradicate your rodent problem before any of these dangers become a reality.

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-The Pest Girls