Is it a big deal to have a little mouse in your home? How about a big, fat rat? If you've ever watched the television program Survivor, you might think that rodents aren't a big deal. After all, the contestants of that show spend days sleeping on an island that is teeming with rodents. At night, the cameras pick up rodent activity in the camp, and even crawling around near the contestants as they sleep. This, and many other representations of mice and rats, can leave you feeling complacent. Sure, they're creepy, but how bad is it when they get in your home. Do they just go about their business and cause you no harm? Here's what you need to know.
Despite what you may have seen on television, mice and rats can and do bite people. While they are certainly not a threat toward people most of the time, under the right circumstances, both of these types of rodents can bite you. Bites usually occur when a rodent is cornered and frightened. If you go up into your attic and go into a space where rodents are living, they can attic you. They may do this because they're frightened or they might do it because they're protecting their young. Since no contestant on the Survivor television program has ever entered a closed space with a rodent, they have not put rodents in this position of self-defense.
Another reason a rodent might bite is when it gets sick. It can be scary for a rodent to get ill. There are many predators that eat small animals. When a sick rodent bites, it might be able to spread the disease, depending on the disease.
Rodents Will Be Rodents
When it comes to rodent threats, biting is low on the list because rodents rarely bite people. Most of the time, they move about inside man-made structures without coming into direct contact with people. But contact comes in other forms.
In your home a rodent will:
Leave its feces in many places. These feces can be a source of airborne contamination when they are left in air ducts. They can introduce harmful organisms when they come in contact with food, dishes, silverware, and other sensitive items in the kitchen or pantry.
Urinate everywhere they go. Rodents mark their territory. They do this by leaving a little trickle of urine here and there. Over time, as the rodent population in your home grows, it can produce quite a smell. It can also be a source of contamination for your foods.
Chew holes to get into your home. And chew holes to move from wall voids to food storage areas; chew holes in stored furniture to make a nest inside; chew holes in stored boxes and food packages; and chew on wiring inside your walls. All of this chewing can present many dangers to your health and property. It can lead to rotting wood, mold issues, contaminated foods and surfaces, damage that needs to be repaired, and a house fire. Experts estimate that 20 percent of undetermined fires are caused by rodents.
Spread fleas and ticks around your home. These ectoparasites can bite your pets and also bite you. Infected fleas and ticks can spread extremely harmful diseases to you and your pets. Some of these diseases can have lifelong implications for your health.
Are rodents dangerous?
They have the potential to be. While we can't tell you exactly how dangerous they will be to you and your home, we can tell you that it is better to not have rodents living with you.
How do I get rid of rodents?
Getting rid of rodents is a complicated process that is best performed by a licensed individual. There are many pitfalls. If you do your rodent control yourself, you may continue to have a rodent problem and not know it. This will allow rodents to continue to impact your life in a negative way.
If you live in Longview, or somewhere else in our East Texas service area, the licensed pest control professionals here at Innovative Pest Control can help you get control of those rodents. Reach out to us anytime. We're always standing by to help.