Living with mice in your house can be distressing. Mice can nest and damage your property and belongings. These pests are not only nuisance, but can also introduce several health risks to the family through direct contact with urine, feces, bites, and saliva.
In fact, millions of people all over the world have died from serious diseases carried and spread by mice in the last century. Mice make an excellent vehicle for harbouring harmful germs and viruses and quickly transport several life-threatening diseases, including:
● Hantavirus – This rodent-borne virus is particularly carried and spread by deer mice. A hantavirus infection can eventually become life-threatening once it progresses to Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS). It can be transmitted through contact with hantavirus-infected mice, contaminated dust from mice nest, or their droppings, saliva, or urine.
● Salmonella – Mice and other small rodents carry salmonella in their digestive tract and can spread the bacteria through droppings. People with pet mice are more at risk for salmonella poisoning. Its symptoms commonly include fever, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea lasting up to seven days.
● Rat-Bite Fever – This systemic disease is caused by Streptobacillus moniliformis and transmitted to people through bites or scratches from infected rodents or ingestion of contaminated food and water (Haverhill fever). While the bite can quickly heal, symptoms become evident after three to 10 days. Its symptoms include fever, skin rash, muscle pain, and arthritis. If left untreated, rat-bite fever can turn serious and even fatal. An infected person should seek hospitalization if symptoms worsen within 21 days.
● Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis – This rodent-borne viral infectious disease can cause serious neurological problems, such as aseptic meningitis (inflammation of the meninges that surrounds the spinal cord and the brain) and encephalitis (inflammation of the brain). This disease is transmitted through fresh urine, droppings, saliva, or contaminated nesting materials of an infected house mouse and sometimes, hamsters that come in contact with wild rats in pet shops. Symptoms usually occur 8 to 13 days after exposure to the lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV). An infected person can experience fever, malaise, muscle pain, lack of appetite, nausea, headache, and vomiting. Other less frequent symptoms may include cough, sore throat, joint pain, parotid pain, chest pain.
Getting Rid of Mice
Mice can quickly take up residence and make a nest in your house without you knowing. Luckily, there are a number of things you can do to get rid of mice and prevent serious diseases caused by rodents. Decluttering, keeping the house clean, setting up traps, and poisoning are some of the methods you can use. However, if you are looking for a long-term solution to rodent problems, you should leave it to the professionals who provide pest control services, specifically mouse and mice removal in Toronto.
A professional mouse terminator expertly knows where mice are most likely to hide in your house. They are also trained in using humane methods of catching and removing rodents and seal up suspected entry points to keep rodents from coming back.
Just remember to take action as quickly as possible. The longer you wait, the more you are at risk of mice infestation. Remember that it is much easier to get rid of 10 mice than 50 or more.