Rats and mice are probably the first thing thought of with the mention of rodent. Although these are the two main types there are many others. There are about 4,000 species of rodents including squirrels, chipmunks, gophers, and even hamsters. Unless you have them as a pet these are not really the rodents you need to worry about. There are, however, rodents that you do need to be aware because of the disease and problems they can bring with them being in and around your home and family.

These rodents all have their own unique characteristics as there are many types of rats and mice that are found throughout the US. Although they all their own issues they all have one commonality. No one wants to see them inside your home, garage, or basement. The main reason you need to have these rodents removed when inside is disease. The CDC lists up to 12 different diseases that these rodents carry and can be passed along to humans. Most of these diseases are not life threatening but you will definitely feel the symptoms. Hantavirus is a virus in some of the diseases which causes headaches, fever, chills, and dizziness. This virus can create lung problems if not treated or even death. A bacterial disease, Leptospirosiswhich, can lead to kidney disease and liver damage. There are many others that require treatment if contracted.

There is no way by looking at a rodent that you would be able to tell if it carries disease or not. One way of contracting the disease is through their urine and fecal matter. Pretty much any surface you come across can possibly hold traces of the disease if it has come in contact with a rodent. More than likely a rodent will run if they see someone coming but getting bitten is a possibility and that transmits disease, as well. If left untreated, rodents become more brazen as they get used to humans. The threat of getting bit increases as they get closer and closer.

Calling a professional like Zip Zap for a free estimate today can keep you from possibly contracting a disease that can potentially be fatal. Call Zip Zap Termite & Pest control today. 816-407-PEST (7378)

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