DISEASES CARRIED BY RATS & MICE
Bubonic plague – Rats are the primary source of plague infection in human populations. This horrific disease is spread to humans from rats by fleas. It’s present in rodents throughout the western United States. The bite of a plague-infected flea or the inhalation of just a few cells of plague bacterium (Yersinia pestis) can kill a human being. Plague is usually fatal within a few days of infection. Like smallpox, it can spread and kill large numbers of people very quickly.
Salmonella – Mice and rats are both frequent carriers. Spreads to humans by contact with mouse droppings, especially through consumption of contaminated food. Causes serious, sometimes fatal gastroenteritis. Household pets are also frequently infected with Salmonella by this means and often die as a result.
Rat-bite Fever – Fatal in 10 percent of untreated cases. The bacterium causing this disease enters the body through bites, as its name suggests, or from urine contaminating either food or preexisting skin wounds.
Leptospirosis – Rats and mice are both carriers of this potentially fatal disease.
Tapeworms – Rats host small tapeworms of the genus Hymenolepis that can spread to humans eating foods contaminated with rat droppings (or when hands are merely dirtied by droppings and not washed before meals). These parasites hatch out in the gut where they grow and reproduce.
Murine Typhus (typhus transmitted from rats and mice via flea bite) – This disease is treatable with antibiotics, but can cause death in elderly or infirm individuals. Symptoms include vomiting, fever, headache, myalgia, and cough.
Rat-bite Fever – Fatal in 10 percent of untreated cases. Usually contracted from rats, but infection can also occur from mice. Thebacterium causing this disease enters the body through bites, as its name suggests, or from urine contaminating either food or preexisting skin wounds.
Tapeworms – Mice host small tapeworms of the genus Hymenolepis that can spread to humans eating foods contaminated with droppings (or when hands are merely dirtied by droppings and not washed before meals). These parasites hatch out in the gut where they grow and reproduce.
FECES/ORGANIC DEBRIS REMOVAL
One of the most dangerous and health-threatening aspect of animals living and breeding in your attic is what they leave behind… FECES. All animals leave feces and urine throughout an attic as a way of marking their territory. Some attics will even have multiple types of feces from different animals. We all know what feces looks like and that it came out of the wrong end of an animal. If we were to accidentally come in direct contact with it (unless you spend time in your attic. we wash our hands.
Unfortunately, feces in an attic is quite different. We rarely will ever come in direct contact with the feces, rather we encounter it indirectly, through small particles that can filter down from your attic through high-hat light fixtures and around A/C vents and returns as normal dust.
When feces is in an attic for any long period of time, it will dry out and begin to break down. It’s these small, virtually invisible particles of feces flat will float around in the air that we breathe and will have a tendency to penetrate deeply into your lungs as you breathe.
Considering the multitude of diseases that are present in feces, this makes a dangerous condition especially for older people, people with breathing problems (asthma, bronchitis and COPD). Young children and pets can also be affected. It’s a dirty, dangerous condition that requires skilled certified professionals that follow Haz-Mat protocols to safely remove these contaminates without causing more particles to become air-borne.
If you have feces and other organic debris (partially eaten carcasses decaying in your attic), please call us to clean-up the contamination and make your attic and your home safe again.
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