According to the CDC, small rodents like squirrels, hamsters, guinea pigs, gerbils, chipmunks, rats, and mice, are almost never found to be infected with rabies, and have not been known to transmit rabies to humans. But that is where the good news ends.
Danger comes in many forms. Though mice and rats are not likely to bite you or give you the rabies virus, they can be dangerous in several other ways.
The threat mice and rats are most known for is their ability to carry harmful microorganisms from trash cans, dumpsters, trash heaps, compost piles, dead animals, and sewers, onto kitchen counters, cutting boards, silverware, and dishes. While these organisms are not visible, the symptoms are. If you know that rodents get into your home every now and again, those flu symptoms you're experiencing may be rodent related.
Rodents get into every part of a home, and this can be a serious problem. The harmful bacteria on their fur can get on couches, chairs, rugs, curtains, and other fabrics. These pests don't just poison food, they can make many objects in your home unsafe to touch.
When rodents get into a home, they leave their excrement and urine everywhere. Not only can these produce a disgusting smell, they can spread illness to the occupants of your home. Rats and mice are linked to several illnesses, such as salmonellosis, leptospirosis, Lassa fever, hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, hemorrhagic fever, tularemia, and more. Here in Hawaii, we fight many tropical illnesses. The last thing you need is one more way to get sick.
Often, rodents don't come into your home alone. They bring other pests with them. If you have an infestation of lice, mites, ticks, fleas, or some other tiny parasitic pest, those rodents may be to blame. When this happens, you may have to deal with the diseases these secondary pests can carry. Some of them can carry diseases that have lifelong implications for humans.
Are rodents dangerous? We think so.
Mice are dirty pests that sleep in their own waste products. And, although rats are good groomers, their constant cleaning will take the filth from dumpsters and other nasty places into their bellies. Neither of these two creatures is safe to have in your home.
At Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions, we use the most advanced pest protocols to inspect, monitor, and trap rodents before they get into your home. And, our team of educated pest specialists knows what methods are needed to ensure that there are no rodents in your home. Ever. Reach out to us today for effective protection from mice, rats and many other pests.