Not only do they scare you in the middle of the night when they scamper across your kitchen floor, but rats and mice can pose a serious threat to your health — even after the rodents themselves are long gone!
Mice, rats and other rodents can put families at risk for everything from Lyme disease to a sometimes fatal respiratory condition caused by hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, or HPS. And, even if your home is rodent free, a staggering 82 percent of houses have allergens from past rodent infestations, according to Science Daily. These leftover allergens can cause breathing problems and asthma issues.
• Rodents urinate 50 to 60 times a day, causing respiratory problems and other indirect diseases, including:
- Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS)
- Rat bite fever
- Swine dysentery
- Swine erysipelas
• Deer mice are often infected with the deer tick, which causes Lyme disease.
• In their search for food and water, rodents travel in and out of the dirtiest environments on the planet.
• A mouse can squeeze through a hole the size of a nickel. A rat can squeeze through a hole about the size of a quarter.
• Rats can produce up to 50 droppings a day.
• In about a week, a pair of mice can consume one-fourth to one-half pound of food and leave behind more than 1,000 droppings.
Mice and rats carry: