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Rodents: Are They Dangerous?

At first glance, rodents may seem more of a nuisance than a dangerous pest problem. However, rats and mice can chew through electrical wire, cause a mess in your home as they scavenge for nesting materials, and spread numerous diseases that are dangerous to your health. Furthermore, rodents are prolific breeders. As their population grows, so do the health and safety risks associated with an infestation. As with most pests, the best way to keep them out of your home is to exercise preventative measures that keep them from getting inside in the first place.

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Diseases Transmitted by Rodents

Historically, some of the world’s worst plagues are traced back to rodents. The Bubonic plague, although transmitted by fleas, was carried and spread through the help of rodents. Although the plague is not a major concern these days, other diseases put you, your pets, and other people living in your home at risk. Some of the more popular diseases spread by mice and rats include hantavirus, salmonella (food poisoning), and Lyme disease.

Structural Damage Caused by Rodents

Rodents can cause major structural damage to your home. Rats and mice have incisors that never stop growing which means they never stop chewing. Rodents are notorious for chewing through almost anything. Rodents will scavenge and gnaw through a variety of materials to file down their teeth and look for nesting materials including your walls. Over time, this will leave your home unstable.  Though it’s annoying when they chew through cardboard boxes, insulation, and drywall, it’s particularly dangerous when they start to chew through wiring. It goes without saying that exposed wires are a fire hazard that puts you and your loved ones at risk.

How to Get Rid of Rodents

If you notice a rat or mouse in your home, most likely there are more you can’t see, and you will need a professional to get rid of them. Anver Pest Control has the experience and resources needed to get rid of rodents on your property and to keep them out for good. Reach out to us today to schedule your free inspection.

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