Hate them or love them, having rodents sharing your property with you presents 3 significant hazards:
Rodents – rats and mice – are known to carry disease that can be passed to humans. Some species of rodent carry Hantavirus, a disease that is inhaled by the human when dealing with infected droppings etc. of mice and rats. Its appearance in the UK was noted in late 2012, on rats that had travelled here on ships from Asia. It is NOT widespread in the UK, but it existence is a concern.
Salmonella, commonly associated with undercooked or contaminated chicken is spread by rodents. Likewise the bubonic plague can be spread to humans by fleas that have sucked the blood of an infected rodent. Appearing in small batches across the world, it is a consideration when dealing with rodent infestations.
Weils’ Disease can also be caught from water where rats are known to frequent, and defecate in.
All of these diseases can make us humans incredibly ill, in some cases, if the infection is severe, they can be fatal in someone with pre-existing medical conditions.
Rodents cause a huge amount of damage. They not only find a suitable home for themselves that is warm and safe, but also a place where there is a plentiful food supply. However, they cause a huge amount of damage as they strip and chew all kinds of materials in order to create their nests.
This material can be anything from cardboard, fabrics and clothing stored in bags etc. as well as wood and other types of materials that can be chewed and shredded. In many cases, customers have found this damage after the rats and mice have done a phenomenal amount of expensive damage!
- Numbers prolific breeders
The problem with any rodent infestation is that it rarely goes away on its own and this is due, in part, to the fact that rats and mice are prolific breeders.
They breed quickly, with a short gestation period and large litters. The young also reach sexual maturity within a matter of weeks, hence they are ready to breed relatively quickly. The results is, of course, ever expanding numbers of rodents.
Do you have rats or mice?
In some cases, it is not always easy to tell if you have rats or mice; some people know they have a brown mouse in the cellar for example, and are quite happy to tolerate its presence as it encroaches no further, causes no damage and is not a room or space that is commonly used.
In other situations, however, dealing with the issue becomes a priority and there are some ways of being able to identify if you have a rodent ‘problem’;