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Rodents - A Furry Danger

December 13, 2021
Rodents

Every Fall and Winter season, 21 million U.S. homes are invaded by rodents moving indoors in search of food and shelter. Mice and rats are capable of transmitting diseases as well as damaging property. This makes rodents a health and property threat. Rodents can cause property damage by chewing through drywall, insulation and wiring in your walls or vehicles. Damaged wiring is not only costly to repair, but poses a fire hazard.

Rodents carry a diversity of diseases that can infect humans. Hantavirus infects 175,000 people and kills about 1,750 per year, but isn’t the biggest threat. Leptospirosis infects about 1.7 million people per year. This virus also kills more than 100,000 people after bouts of fever, muscle aches, vomiting, and kidney or liver failure. Rats, squirrels, and other rodents also carry Yersinia pestis, better known as plague. This medieval virus still infects between two and 10 people in the United States each year. The more directly titled rat-bite fever is another rodent-borne illness with global reach.

If you are having a rodent issue that may have gotten out of control, we can help. Give us a call at 520-886-3029 or visit essentialpest.com and complete an online form.

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