Rodents and the Health Risks They Pose
Television and Disney often glamourize rodents, personifying them, and giving them a magical quality that is all their own, and not quite aligned with reality. Stuart Little is a charming little mouse that gets into mischief of his own and even learns to drive a magical matchbox car. And of course, Cinderella’s magical mice become horses to help whisk the princess to and from the ball where she dances gaily with her adoring prince.
If only mice were truly such magical creatures.
In reality, many of us might scream and jump to higher ground when coming into contact with a mouse. Surely, we won’t, and for good reason, reach down to scoop up the furry critter to befriend it and welcome it to live on our home. And it is good that we give ourselves some distance. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, rodents carry a variety of diseases that can be seriously harmful to humans.
- Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome
- Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome
- Lassa Fever
- Lymphocytic Chorio-meningitis (LCM)
- Omsk Hemorrhagic Fever
- Rat-Bite Fever
- Colorado Tick Fever
- South American Arenaviruses
How diseases are transmitted from rodents to humans
These illnesses and diseases can be transmitted to humans through the handling of rodents, and by coming into contact with rodent feces, urine, or saliva. And if we are bitten by a rodent, we can pick up the disease by its ability to get into our bloodstream, and not to mention, we’ll have to deal with the care of a wound as well. In fact, if you are bitten by a rodent, it is best to seek medical treatment immediately.
More specifically, be aware of the main ways that rodent diseases are transmitted to humans:
- Inhalation of dust, contaminated by rodent urine and feces (droppings)
- Coming into direct contact with rodents, their urine, or their feces
- Being bitten or scratched by a rodent
- Consumption of food or water that has been contaminated by rodent urine or feces
- Person to person contact (if an infected person comes into contact with another person)
- Swimming, wading, or kayaking in water contaminated by diseased rodents
In the past 100 years, it is estimated that over 10 million humans have died from diseases spread by rodents. While we don’t necessarily come into contact with these rodents in our daily lives, it is imperative that we are aware and watchful of the presence of rodents, as these rodents are modes of transport for diseases to humans. And, it is important to note that while the rodent might not show any sign of illness as a carrier of these diseases, the human body is not designed in the same way, and is often unable to avoid complications from these same illnesses, especially if left untreated.
When to call for help with rodent extermination and removal
In many cases, homeowners may wish to turn to a professional rodent control service, and indeed this is recommended. Only a professional trained in rodent extermination and removal will be able to properly assess your home for risks and can work with you on a strategy for long-term rodent control.
When you work with a professional, they will often provide you with a list of preparation items so that your home can be ready for them to get to work when they arrive. A lack of proper preparation can prevent or delay treatment of your home, increasing the risk to you and your family.
RodentsStop.com, is an independent and family-owned business, serving the Los Angeles greater metropolitan area. Our specialties include rodent control, pest prevention, rodent expulsion and clean up, attic sanitation, and attic decontamination. Our team is ready to serve in order to help you solve your rodent issue, for good. Contact us at 818-583-7287, or by visiting our website at https://www.rodentsstop.com/.
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Paul K.Los Angeles, CA
June 12, 2019
I had a recurrent problem of rats winding up in my attic and had tried a couple of other pest control services over a few years, with the problem always recurring after a short while. I decided to give Rodents Stop a try after reading some of the reviews here on Yelp. They came out and explained how the (essentially temporary) measures I'd taken before would never really keep the rats away for good, due to the scents/pheromones that were remaining in my attic (leading them to keep trying to find ways in).
Kian A. Encino, CA
June 12, 2019
For months I denied the overwhelming reality-I had a major rat infestation! And all my efforts to quell the populating rodents were in vain. After the rats had chewed into my couch trying to get the food left behind by my kids, that's when I knew the problem was bigger than I could handle by myself. All the rat traps, from mechanical to electronic were no match for nature biggest little beasts. It was like trying to get Miley Cyrus to just go away, it's just not gonna happen.
Jay J.Northridge, CA
June 12, 2019
If you have a rodent problem, these are the guys to call! The lifetime guarantee is amazing; what better way to eradicate rodents and make sure they stay gone forever. They check the entire perimeter of your home--top to bottom--to ensure it is completely closed off to any future unwanted guests. They will make as many house calls as needed to address customer concerns. Seriously, give these guys a call. You won't regret it!
Daviozzz A. Los Angeles, CA
June 12, 2019
These guys really know what their doing. I had an ongoing problem for about 6 months, I could not sleep at night, my dog was driving me crazy. They came out and did their famous rodent treatment. No noises for about a month. Thank you guys.
Molly H. Los Angeles, CA
June 12, 2019
Zeev, Heather, Ivan and the rest of the team are fantastic!We knew there was some rodent activity in our attic, but didn't do anything about it until the nasty critters got into our home and actually chewed a hole in the hard plastic elbow of our dishwasher drain line!We called Rodent Stop, and Zeev came out for an inspection and gave us a quote the very next day. We were relieved to have a plan of attack, and Ivan and his team took over the next morning. They started early, and by mid-afternoon had cleared away all evidence of the rodent activity (including all the scent trails). In addition to getting rid of the existing evidence, the team had patched up all of the access points, and left some traps in all the areas that had shown prior signs of activity to avoid future activity.It has been a week, and we are ecstatic with the results. While we heard some scratching activity the first few days (which was likely coming from outside where Ivan's team had patched some access points), the scratching has now ceased.Zeev came back yesterday, and confirmed that all of the "inside" traps -- i.e., those in enclosed spaces (i.e., our living quarters, the attic and crawlspace) -- remain armed and undisturbed, which indicates to us that the patching did the trick. The only trap that went off is in an outdoor shed that needs overall repair, and can't be made rodent proof at this time. That trap did catch one mouse, which was removed and the trap replaced.Assuming there is no further activity between now and Friday, we'll move forward with the new insulation in the attic, and be done -- all in very short order.Thanks Rodent Stop!!!
Sean M. Los Angeles, CA
June 12, 2019
Rodents Stop made a lot of promises when they first came out, I thought it was to good to be true but wow, what an amazing service. From the office staff to the employees actually doing work. My problem was on going for about 2 years, I know right, who would deal with something for that long, the truth is that I tried other companies and they really didn't do much. Not to mention they didn't solve my problem. All other companies know how to do is set traps, they don't clean up, they don't seal openings, and they don't spray for disease. Also no one offers a life time guarantee like rodents stop. I like that. I feel like I just moved into a new house. It's been 2 months now and I'm actually getting some sleep at night. No dead rats in traps, no flies, nothing to do with rats or mice what's so ever. Thanks Rodents stop.
Rachael S. Bellflower, CA
June 12, 2019
I emailed them a couple of times desperate for service. It says they service the Los Angeles area (which should include Bellflower). I'm disabled and live alone with my small dog. I've been fighting mice for 2.5 years but am in desperate need for someone who really knows what they are doing and has a lifetime warranty because my dog and I have become infested with some kind of parasites that the mice brought in. I have several lesions and a huge infection on my back from the parasites. I left them my email and phone number with no response. I can't find another company with their experience, ratings, and guarantee and I'm really desperate for help and really disappointed they haven't contacted me.Again I emailed you last night, and got zero response today. I don't get it. As long as I give you the review you want, you ignore me? But as soon as you don't like my rating, you'll move heaven and earth to talk to me??
Paul M. Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, CA
June 12, 2019
We're selling our house and we needed to get take care of the mess that rats had done to our attic. Zev came out the next day and gave a fair quote for the job. The Rodents Stop crew came out the day after and took care of cleaning and patching the whole house in a timely manner. They were all very professional and very thorough. Heather on the phone was extremely delightful to deal with also. I highly recommend them!