Signs you may be infested.

Are you hearing noises coming from your attic at night or during the day? If you have, this could be a sign of a multitude of different types of rodents or animals. Are there holes in your soffits or in the eave gaps where two different roof lines meet? Are there droppings in your house that you do not know where or what they are coming from? Have you checked your attic for any of these signs or for chewed wires or pipes? These are all signs that you may have an infestation from some type of rodent or animal.

Why do Rats, Mice, Squirrels, Raccoons, Possums or Bats infest your home?

There are many reasons why wildlife may be infesting your home. Here are a few of the most common reasons:

  • They are looking for shelter.
  • They could be getting a food source from your home.
  • Many will look for a safe place when it is time for breeding, nesting, and birthing their young.

Possible damage done by Rats, Mice, Squirrels, Raccoons, Possums or Bats infesting your home.

When wildlife enters your house or attic there is a great risk of them doing damage inside your home or attic. A lot of these critters need to gnaw on something to keep their teeth from growing too large. The problem is when they are in your home they will chew on just about anything, and I mean anything. When they do choose to gnaw on your wires or pipes you run the risk of having a fire or flood in your house. There are many reported cases of houses being burnt down or flooded by rodents or squirrels gnawing on wires or pipes.

Health issues that can arise from having Rats, Mice, Squirrels, Raccoons, Possums or Bats infest your home.

Many animals carry diseases. Anytime you have wildlife infesting your house there is a risk of coming down with some type of health issues.

  • Rats and mice carry a plethora of different types of diseases.
  • Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome
  • Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome
  • Lassa Fever
  • Leptospirosis
  • Lymphocytic Chorio-meningitis (LCM)
  • Omsk Hemorrhagic Fever
  • Plague
  • Rat-Bite Fever

These diseases are spread in one of three ways: inhaling dust that is contaminated with rat urine or droppings, direct contact with rat feces or urine, and infrequently due to the bite of rat.

Squirrels: Believe it or not also carry diseases such as, Tularemia, caused by the bacterium Francisella tularensis, spreads through bites from infected animals, skin contact with sick or dead squirrels, ingestion of contaminated water or tick and deer fly bites from insects feeding on infected squirrels. Leptospirosis is another common disease spread by squirrels.

Raccoons: Raccoons are one of the most common species to carry rabies. Baylisascaris procyonis: (Bay-lis-asc-aris) The Raccoon Ascarid or roundworm is a parasite of the intestines of raccoons that sheds large numbers of eggs in the feces. Feces contaminated with eggs can become infective to humans after 2-4 weeks of incubation. They also carry Raccoon Roundworm: This wildlife can excrete roundworm eggs through their droppings. ...Leptospirosis: This is a bacterial infection that these creatures can spread through their urine and droppings. ...Salmonella: Raccoon feces may contain salmonella bacteria.

Possums: There are many different types of diseases that are carried by opossums that can be transmitted to people, and those transmitted through urine and feces are often the most easy to catch, such as leptospirosis, which has flu like symptoms for most people, but can cause kidney damage, meningitis and even death in a small number of cases. Salmonella is a condition that is largely believed to be related to food poisoning, but can also be transmitted by opossums, and while it causes diarrhea for most people, the elderly and young children may find themselves at risk of more severe symptoms, with reactive arthritis one possible side effect. Other diseases opossums may carry include; tularemia, salmonella, toxoplasmosis, and coccidiosis. Infected animals may transmit Leptospirosis to humans and other animals through their urine and feces. Rabies is rare in opossums since they have some immunity to the virus.

Bats: Of course we all know bats carry diseases, but what kind and how do we get them? Bats (although beneficial in insect control) can be dangerous because they carry rabies. But a lesser known danger, and one that is not as easy to avoid, is histoplasmosis, a disease you can get from exposure to bat guano (bat droppings). Also Nipah, Hendra, Ebola and Marburg are all viruses carried by bats that can cause serious disease in humans. Marburg virus and some strains of Ebola virus can kill up to 80-90% of humans infected.

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