Becomes Necessary Because Rodents, Pigeons and Other Wildlife Can Affect Your Health

Rodents, pigeons and other wildlife can have devastating effects on your health and cause damage to your home. Rodents can enter a home through almost any opening or crack. Inspecting undisturbed areas in your home under baseboards, in pantries, in attics and inside walls and conducting a thorough search is the only way to see where they are coming from in order to launch a plan of action for effective animal trapping.

Rodent droppings frequently cause allergic reactions in humans but can also bring about disease, including the potentially deadly Hantavirus. Often, rodents are hosts for spreading salmonella, eventually contaminating food sources, kitchen surfaces and cooking equipment. One Way Pest Control’s trained service professionals offer the safest and most effective solutions for rodent removal and animal trapping. Below is a more detailed overview of the health risks associated with particular rodents and birds:

Diseases caused by rodents and other animals

  • Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS): Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) is a deadly disease transmitted by infected rodents through urine, droppings, or saliva. Humans can contract the disease when they breathe in aerosolized virus. HPS was first recognized in 1993 and has since been identified throughout the United States. Although rare, HPS is potentially deadly. Rodent control in and around the home remains the primary strategy for preventing hantavirus infection.
  • Murine Typhus: Murine typhus (caused by infection with R. typhi) occurs worldwide and is transmitted to humans by rat fleas. Flea-infested rats can be found throughout the year in humid tropical environments, but in temperate regions are most common during the warm summer months. Travelers who visit in rat-infested buildings and homes, especially in harbor or riverine environments, can be at risk for exposure to the agent of murine typhus.
  • Rat-bite fever (RBF): Rat-bite fever (RBF) is a systemic bacterial illness caused by Streptobacillus moniliformis that can be acquired through the bite or scratch of a rodent or the ingestion of food or water contaminated with rat feces.
  • Salmonella Enterica Serovar Typhimurium: As its name suggests, it causes a typhoid-like disease in mice. In humans, S. Typhimurium does not cause as severe of a disease as S. Typhi, and is usually not fatal. The disease is characterized by diarrhea, abdominal cramps, vomiting and nausea, and generally lasts up to 7 days. Unfortunately, in immunocompromized people (elderly, young, or people with weak immune systems), Salmonella infections are often fatal if they are not treated with antibiotics.
  • Leptospirosis: Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that affects humans and animals. It is caused by bacteria of the genus Leptospira. In humans, it can cause a wide range of symptoms, but sometimes those infected may have no symptoms at all. Symptoms of Leptospirosis include high fever, severe headache, chills, muscle aches, and vomiting, and may include jaundice (yellow skin and eyes), red eyes, abdominal pain, diarrhea, or a rash. If untreated, the patient could develop kidney damage, meningitis (inflammation of the membrane around the brain and spinal cord), liver failure, and respiratory distress. In rare cases death occurs.
  • Eosinophilic Meningitis: Eosinophilic meningitis is an infection of the brain occurring in association with an increase in the number of eosinophils (white blood cells that are associated with infection involving worms that penetrate into the body). The organism most commonly causing eosinophilic meningitis is a rat lung worm called angiostrongylus cantonensis.

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