Feral mice and rats are adaptable to their environment, and they are nearly ubiquitous. You can find them nearly everywhere outside and inside your house; garage, basement, kitchen, gardens, you name it.
Rodents find shelter in the warmth and comfort that our house is capable to provide, and invasion and infestation increases especially during winter time where they would seek a warmer place to stay.
They are not just a nuisance. Aside from they cause a very bad odor to your house, damages to your materials and property, they also carry bacteria and viruses that can cause death. If you notice signs of invasion, do not hesitate to call Pest Control in Clifton as immediately as possible.
The following are the things you need to know about rodents and how fatal it is to be infested by these pests.
Rodents can carry diseases such as leptospirosis and viruses like hantavirus.
They give off a very unpleasant odor that creates a bad impression from home visitors
They contaminate your food with their feces, urine, and hair that can result in food poisoning.
They are carriers of ticks and fleas that potentially harm both your pets and family at home
TYPES OF RODENTS
There are different types of rodents. Feral rodents include Rattus rattus (or known as a black rat), Mus Musculus (or known as House Mouse), and Rattus Norvegicus (or known as Brown rat).
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MICE AND RATS
Mice can be white, grey, brown or black and are smaller than the rats. They can reach up to ten cm in body length. Rats can brown, grey or black. They are larger and can reach up to 25 cm.
SIGNS OF INVASION
Damaged wood, wires, and insulation caused by rat bites
Feces that are small, thin and moist.
Greasy marks on your walls, siding, or on places they always travel on.
DISEASES THEY CARRY
This virus is also airborne and can be obtained when fresh rodent feces, urine or nesting materials are moved, and they are breathed by humans.
You can also get them through rodent’s bite, or food that is contaminated by the rodents’ feces, urine, and hair.
Symptoms are fever, fatigue, chills, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting. When the virus gets a stronghold to your body, it develops into Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, which results in shortness of breath or respiratory failure. This can lead to death.
Other diseases rodents carry are the plague, tularemia, Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis (LCM), leptospirosis and many more. Rodents are known to carry over 35 diseases and spread them through food contamination, bite, feces, and urine.
HOT TO GET RID OF THEM
There are a lot of ways to get rid of these very annoying and dangerous pests in our home and garden. You can use rat traps in which price can vary depending on the type, size, and durability, or you can use chemicals and poisons. We advise that you seek professional help from any reputable company service