The changing of the seasons brings out all the glorious colors hiding behind summer’s greenery including the small furry foes starting their preparations for the winter dangers lying ahead. While we’re outdoors taking advantage of the lower temperatures, all those pests are making plans to take over our homes. For them, survival of the fittest means fitting themselves through any gaps they can find to survive winter, alongside us and our families. Though plenty of invaders share in these aspirations, some of the most disreputable fall into the rodent category.
Are they really that cute?
A couple of distinct mouse species plague the nation with the most common being your average House Mouse. Rivaling humans in population, these mice range from light brown to dark gray or black in color with adults being seven and a half to eight inches from one tip to the other. Being quite the contortionists, they can work their way into the flattest or narrowest of openings.
Should a pregnant House Mouse slip through the cracks of your home, she’s likely to bring six tiny babies into the world within three weeks. Just over a month later, those little fellows are grown and ready to start new families of their own. They’re also capable of calling to others nearby without us hearing. One, or a family of them, could invite guests into your home while you’re trying to get rid of the ones already there.
Deer Mice are also known for their tendencies to come inside when cold weather hits. They’re similar in size and appearance with light reddish-brown backs and white bellies. They have fewer babies than their counterparts but grow up just as quickly, leaving you plagued with five or so more adults in less than two months.
Both are fairly harmless to people and pets as long as they’re living where they should. Once they’re in human territory, though, they can leave behind a trail of contamination. Anything both you and the mice come in contact with in your home increases your risk of exposure, making the need for rodent control even more critical. They’re proven carriers of
- Salmonella: An intestinal bacteria causing fever, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.
- Leptospirosis: Bacterial infection bringing about body aches, diarrhea, and vomiting, high fever and yellowing of the eyes and skin.
- Hantavirus: Leads to fever, body aches, chills, difficulty breathing, and kidney failure.
- Rat-Bite Fever: Not necessarily contracted through bites, rat-bite fever can cause elevated body temperature, aches, and pains, rash, skin lesions, as well as sore throats and has been linked to increased risk of future health issues, such as meningitis, liver damage, and pneumonia.
- Bubonic, Septicemic, and Pneumonic Plagues: Though all these conditions begin with fever and muscle weakness, their symptoms vary from that point. Pneumonic plague leads to severe respiratory issues whereas Bubonic causes nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, body aches, a cough with bloody mucus, and extremely swollen lymph nodes. Symptoms of Septicemic plague include abdominal pain, internal bleeding, and shock.
All these conditions can be spread through contaminated food and water, inhaling particles from droppings, and bites from fleas feeding on both you and infected mice. Rodents carrying these viruses and bacteria place you and your family in danger. They also bring along dangerous threats like tick and flea epidemics.
Though mice are significant problems on their own, there are three common rat species: Roof, Cotton, and Norway Rats. Quite bigger than their cousins, each of these invaders can grow to be more than a foot long and are perfectly capable of introducing illnesses as well.
In addition to the health hazards listed for mice, rats carry Murine Typhus, which can be transmitted courtesy of their byproducts as well as the fleas they play host to and bring into your home. Symptoms of this illness include pain in muscles and joints, persistent cough, rash, nausea, and a high fever. So how can you get rid of rats or mice?
We have the perfect Mouse Trap
If your home is taken has been taken over by mice or rats, contamination is only one of your concerns. Rodents are resourceful. They will borrow bits and pieces from your personal possessions to build their nests and eat their way through walls and wiring to clear pathways. When they cannot find adequate food outside, your kitchen becomes their personal picnic. From home repairs and rebuilding your family’s food reserves to replacing clothing, bedding, and other belongings, the cost of an infestation could really add up. We handle rodent removal in addition to our other services.
Let Greenix STOP rodents from ever being a problem in your home. We can help you reclaim your home with or put proactive proven procedures in place to keep rodents from coming to your home for the winter. Call us today to set up an appointment (844) 233-7378 .