Rodents are a group of nuisance pests that includes mice, rats, and squirrels. These animals can contaminate food, damage property, and spread disease.
Rodents are mammals of the order Rodentia, which are characterized by a single pair of continuously growing incisors in each of the upper and lower jaws adapted for chewing on a variety of items, causing havoc along the way. About 40% of all mammal species are rodents.
Besides the most widely recognizable rodents (rats and mice), others include beavers, muskrats, porcupines, woodchucks, chipmunks, squirrels, prairie dogs, marmots, chinchillas, voles, lemmings, and many others.
Being warm-blooded mammals, rodents, like humans, can be found throughout the world.
Rodents thrive across the world in almost any habitat with access to food and water. Because of their small size, they can be difficult to keep out of a home. Rats can get indoors through holes the size of a quarter, while mice can use gaps the size of a dime to come inside.
Risks of rodents
Rodents are some of the most adaptable creatures on the planet and can be extremely difficult to exterminate. Infestations can cause considerable damage to infested buildings and local agriculture as well as the proliferation of many diseases hazardous to humans.
Rats and mice are both extremely destructive within agricultural communities. A number of species feed on seeds and grains.
The feces and urine of some rodents may contaminate surfaces with which they come into contact.
Rodents are not only a hazard to human health, they can also compromise the integrity of an infested structure through continuous gnawing.
Rodents multiply quickly, making infestations extremely difficult to remove.
What diseases do rodents carry?
Although often small in size, rodents can pose a significant risk to your health. Some species are known to carry deadly viruses and play host to parasitic insects that transmit disease. Humans can be at risk of exposure to diseases from rodents through contact with mouse and rat droppings, as well as their urine, saliva and nesting materials.
The pests are also hosts for fleas, which can spread plague and diseases like lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus. This illness mostly affects those with weakened immune systems and may result in headaches, fever, and meningitis. It can also cause complications during pregnancy.
In order to properly clean and disinfect contaminated areas, it’s best to rely on professionals like ourselves.
Through a specialized approach to rodent and pest control, we at Intex can help protect your home with a plan suited to your specific needs.
It is not advisable to handle any wild rodent. They are equipped with large teeth and are capable of transmitting a variety of bacteria, viruses and diseases through their saliva, feces and urine.
If you locate a rodent within your home, it is best to contact a pest management professional for removal and identification. The presence of one rodent within a home could signal an infestation.
Keep all children and pets away from the rodent. If cornered, the rodent will bite to defend itself.