mouse droppings can make you sick

How Mice droppings could make you Sick

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Indoor mice may seem like nothing more than a nuance to some Cordova homeowners, while to others, just the thoughts of these pests scurrying about may make your skin crawl in disgust, and for a good reason. This time of year, it is common for mice to find their way indoors searching for food and shelter. Today on the blog, find out why finding mice droppings in your home could make you sick.

Whether you have an occasional mouse or an infestation of these furry rodents, you likely will find evidence of their presence. You may find droppings anywhere that the mice have been. But, the most common areas are in cabinets or drawers, boxes, underneath or behind furniture, and in closets or corners of rooms. Here’s why rodent droppings are dangerous to your health.

Rodent droppings carry diseases and viruses that can be transmitted to people or pets, leading to fatal health problems. While the best defense against getting sick from mice droppings is to take proactive measures by keeping mice out of your home or business, to begin with, there are other precautions you can take when cleaning up their mess.

Let’s first take a look at diseases spread by rodents.

Hantavirus

First discovered in the United States back in 1993, hantavirus damages the lungs and can develop after exposure to the virus. In some cases, the individual may need to be hospitalized and placed on a ventilator. People with respiratory diseases should take extra precautions not to come in contact with rodent droppings as their risk of serious illness from the hantavirus significantly increases.

Salmonellosis

You probably associate this disease with undercooked food or food that has not been handled properly during the prep or cooking process. While that is one way to contract salmonellosis, another way is through food that has been contaminated with rodent droppings. This is more likely the case if you eat out, although it could occur at home as well, especially if you have a rodent problem in your Cordova home.

Symptoms of salmonellosis include:

  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain

Rat Bite Fever

Despite its name, rat-bite fever is actually transmitted to humans through contaminated rodent feces, not through their bites. This disease is more serious and fatal than salmonellosis. If left untreated, rat-bite fever could lead to pneumonia, meningitis, cardiovascular problems, abscess, or death. However, it can be treated with appropriate antibiotics. It is transmitted through contaminated food as well.

Its symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain

Protect Your Health

Whether you’re a home or business owner, your best defense against diseases transmitted by rodent droppings is to prevent them from entering in the first place. For expert advice and methods of preventing mice in your Cordova business, or find out how to get rid of rats in your Memphis home, contact AAA Termite and Pest Control by calling (901) 737-7378. Cooler temperatures are moving in. Now is the time to take action to prevent rodents from coming inside.