Finding signs of rodents in your home is unnerving. No one wants to share their house with mice or other types of rodents – it is messy, unclean, and frustrating. However, did you know it can also be dangerous to have rodents running amuck in your home? Here are a few dangers a rodent infestation can bring to your family home or property.

Hantavirus

Rodents living in your home are leaving urine and feces throughout your house. Hantavirus is an illness that can affect humans but does not affect the mice who carry it. Mice can carry hantavirus through their saliva, urine, and feces. For humans, the virus causes Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, a potentially deadly illness that starts out like the flu but progresses very quickly. Without diagnosis and treatment, humans with Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome can deteriorate fast, ending up in the hospital.

Humans acquire Hantavirus by breathing in the virus that has been in mouse urine, droppings, or saliva. Typically, humans contract the virus while cleaning out basements, attics, sheds, or other areas where mice have been living for a long time.

Electrical Issues

Mice and other rodents love to chew and gnaw. In fact, they will chew on nearly anything they find around your home, from food boxes to flooring. However, when mice chew on electrical wires or equipment, things take a turn from annoying to dangerous. Mice can chew through wires, which could cause electrical problems or even fires.

Food Contamination

Mice and other rodents are constantly looking for food. If they make it into your pantry or kitchen, they will make themselves at home, scurrying across countertops to get from one place to another. Unfortunately, rodents are dirty critters and while they scurry on your countertops, they are also leaving behind bacteria and dirt. If you prepare food on the countertops, you run an increased risk of food contamination issues, including potential food poisoning.

Don’t create unnecessary problems by making your home welcome to rodents. The team at Mice Mob Exterminators can help you prevent rodent infestations, as well as eliminate any problem that is already there. Give us a call today for your free consultation.

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