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The Truth About Rodents: Dangers and Health Risks

The Truth About Rodents: Dangers and Health Risks

The Truth About Rodents: Dangers and Health Risks

Over a 12-month span, 14.8 million occupied housing units in the US reported seeing rodents in their homes. This is a startingly statistic as, across the globe rats and mice spread at least 35 diseases. 

South Carolina has its share of rodents. They love the warmth of homes during the colder months. So you’re more likely to have an encounter with one during the winter. 

But don’t let this fool you into a false sense of security for the rest of the year. Some of them breed during warmer months. You may already have a significant rodent infestation by the time you spot them in winter.

Read on for more information about rodents and how you can control them. 

Rodents and Diseases

Mice and rats are two of the primary types of rodents found in South Carolina. There are also several species between the two. 

You wouldn’t want to find any of them in and/or around your home. The diseases most of them carry can spread to you and your family.

Are Mice Harmful to Humans?

Are mice harmful? You may ask because their cuteness and size make them seem harmless. But this is far from the reality.

Their bite may not pack a punch, but their diseases do. Mice mark their territory with urine and feces in the area where they’re making their nests. This is usually near a food source as they eat about 15 to 20 times a day.

Their regular visits to your pantry may lead to the transfer of their waste to your food. This waste normally harbors many diseases.

The chances of getting sick from mouse droppings are great. They can cause some of the following health issues:

Unfortunately, they’re not only harmful to your health. They can also cause extensive property damage. They chew indiscriminately to keep their teeth lengthened. This may include wires, drywall, insulation, and anything else they can find.

This may lead to potential fire hazards. You’ll need to do a thorough inspection of your home to detect them.

Are Rats Dangerous to Humans?

Unlike mice, the bite or a scratch from a rat can lead to serious problems. It’s one of the ways they can transfer diseases. The other is through urine and droppings they leave around your home.

Rats can also contaminate food. They may even contaminate countertops by running across them. This then gets transferred during food prep.

Like mice, rats carry LCM and Salmonella. But they can transmit Black Plague as well via fleas.

A rat infestation can also cause extensive damage to your home. Rats can gnaw through floorboards and walls, creating large holes. 

The Best Rodent Control

When you’re wondering which rodents carry diseases, wonder no more. Both mice and rats are extremely dangerous to humans. You must find the best rodent control before one or two of them become an infestation.

The rodent control company you use should not only get rid of the problem. They should also prevent rodents from returning to your home.

Precision Predator Removal specializes in mice and rat control techniques. Our unique method safely removes rodents from your home and keeps others away. We also provide attic restoration and cleanup from any damage they may have caused. Contact Precision Predator Removal to schedule an inspection today! We are located in South Carolina and look forward to speaking with you.