Rodents are a pest that you certainly don’t want in your home. Not only are they a nuisance, they can be quite dangerous. Rodents can damage your home and create a health hazard by potentially spreading serious and even deadly diseases. If you suspect that you have a rodent infestation in your home, it is important to contact a pest control professional as soon as possible for an evaluation.
Rats are various medium-sized, long-tailed rodents of the superfamily Muroidea. “True rats” are members of the genus Rattus, the most important of which to humans are the black rat, Rattus rattus, and the brown rat, Rattus norvegicus. Many members of other rodent genera and families are also called rats and share many characteristics with true rats. Rats are typically distinguished from mice by their size; rats are generally large muroid rodents, while mice are generally small muroid rodents.
Mice are small mammals that belong to the order of rodents. The best known mouse species is the common house mouse, or Mus musculus. The American white-footed mouse (Peromyscus leucopus) and the deer mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus) also sometimes live in houses. The original motivation for the domestication of cats is thought to have been for their predation of mice and their relatives, the rats.
Why Are Rodents Dangerous?
The CDC reports that rodents can transmit as many as 35 different diseases. These diseases are serious and can sometimes be fatal. They are most frequently transmitted through the fecal matter or urine of a rodent, but can also be spread by being bitten. The most common diseases transmitted by rodents include but are not limited to:
- Hemorrhagic Fever
- Lassa Fever
- Omsk Hemorrhagic Fever
Do You Have a Rodent Infestation?
It is possible that you may never see a rat or mouse, even if you have a rodent infestation. The most common signs that rodents are taking up residence in your home include:
- Sounds of scratching or scurrying in the walls or inside your cabinets
- A strong odor of urine in the home, most likely in the kitchen or other places rodents dwell
- The presence of rodent feces in cabinets, drawers, and corners
How to Protect Your Family
DIY rodent traps leave a lot to be desired and can potentially poison your children or pets, or contribute to the spread of disease by allowing a live or dying mouse to urinate and defecate around the trap. The best way to eliminate a rodent infestation in your home and keep rodents from coming back is to contact a professional rodent control team.
At Freedom Pest Control, we have the expertise and resources to help you get rid of rodents safely and protect your home from future infestations. When rodents threaten to do damage to your home and spread illness to your family, you can trust Freedom Pest Control to help get it under control.
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