An infestation of mice in your home can have a serious impact on your family’s health and well-being. Mice nest inside homes for safety and to be close to food sources. Quite often that food source is located in your kitchen cupboards and pantry. Mouse droppings or chewed food packaging in the kitchen are signs of a major infestation that should not be taken lightly.
Mice are constantly urinating and defecating, contaminating every surface they touch. Disease and bacteria are easily tracked across appliances, countertops and utensils on their paws and fur.
Below is a list of some of the health concerns commonly associated with mice:
Studies have shown that high exposure to mouse urine and droppings lead to the development of severe asthma in children. Children who grow up exposed to high amounts of mouse allergens are also more at risk for developing certain types of allergies.
Hantavirus is a viral disease often carried by deer mice and other rodents. The disease lives inside mouse feces and can become airborne if droppings are disturbed. When inhaled, the potentially fatal virus can be passed on to humans. The disease begins with flu-like symptoms that can take weeks to appear.
Salmonella bacteria are often carried inside the intestinal tract of mice. The bacteria may be passed on to humans through food and water contaminated by mouse droppings. Severe forms of the illness are most likely to occur in the elderly, infants and those with weakened immune systems.
Lyme disease is carried by ticks that live on a host of animals including mice, deer, raccoons, squirrels and chipmunks. The disease is spread to humans through the bite from an infected tick. Risk for contraction increases the longer a tick stays attached to the skin. Early signs include skin rash and flu-like symptoms. The disease is treated with antibiotics.
Living with mice can be dangerous for your health. Allowing a mouse problem to grow and persist increases the likelihood of impacting your health. It is important to take action against mice at the first sign of detection. To find out how Skedaddle can rid your home of mice and keep you safe call 1-888-592-0387 or schedule a property assessment.