The occasional droppings on the counter, holes in food packages, and odd squeaks in the still of the night are all signs that you have some mice calling your house home. Most people really don't give a lot of thought to it if they do have a few mice in the house. After all, 29 percent of people will have a rodent problem in their home at some point, according to PestWorld.
Even though mice are a pretty common pest issue, rodent problems should not be assumed to be unthreatening. In reality, a mouse infestation in the house where you and your family reside can actually come with some real dangers to your home and your health.
Take a look at some of the hidden dangers of sharing your abode with mice to understand why getting help with the issue is important.
You Could Be at Risk of Salmonella Poisoning
Mice urinate so frequently that they can be traced throughout the house with the right equipment just because of the urine they leave behind. In addition, these rodents can drop about 25,000 fecal pellets annually. Therefore, catching salmonella poisoning because of contaminated food, food surfaces, or drinks is not at all uncommon.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, salmonellosis is spread through the feces and urine of rodents. If a mouse gets into your cereal, for example, and leaves behind trace amounts of urine, you could get sick.
Salmonella poisoning is treatable, but it can be really dangerous for older people and small children, not to mention extremely uncomfortable for everyone else.
Your Home Could Be More Likely to Catch Fire
Rodents of many types can chew right through wood, drywall, and electrical wiring. Unfortunately, this means that mice can create hidden electrical damages throughout your home. If a mouse chews through an electrical wire in the attic, for example, the open current streaming through the wire could arc out and generate sparks that would ignite surrounding insulation.
Rats and mice are assumed to cause about eight percent of the house fires in the United States. To make matters worse, it is not uncommon for insurance agencies to deny house fire claims if the fire was caused by rodents because rodents are a treatable risk. This situation shows just how serious a threat a rodent problem can be, even if it seems like a few mice aren't really causing any problems.
Your Household Occupants Could Catch Disease-Ridden Parasites
It is no secret that fleas from rodents were partially to blame for helping spread the bubonic plague, but fleas are not the only disease-ridden parasite you can find on a mouse. Mice can also carry ticks and common lice, which is something a lot of people may not be aware of. Unfortunately, all of these parasitic insects will feed on human hosts just as they will mice.
If a parasitic insect from a mouse latches on to you or one of your family members, you could be exposed to whatever disease the mouse may have been carrying in their blood. A few examples of the diseases that can be contracted from rodents include lymphocytic chorio-meningitis, tularemia, and hantavirus, all of which can be dangerous to humans.
Even though mice are rather small and can look pretty harmless, these little critters should be treated like unwelcome varmints in your home if you want a safe place to live for you and your family. Reach out to us at Cliff's Pest Control Inc. for more information about the dangers of rodents in the house or for help eradicating these pests from your household.