Surprising Rodent Risks!

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.

Learn the facts about rats and the dangers they pose to you and your family.

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Rat Facts: 

• Rodents urinate 50 to 60 times a day, causing respiratory problems and other indirect diseases, including: 

- Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) 

- Rat bite fever 

- Leptospirosis 

- Bordetellosis 

- Encephalomyocarditis 

- Pseudorabies 

- Salmonellosis 

- Swine dysentery 

- Swine erysipelas 

- Toxoplasmosis 

- Trichinosis 

• 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: 

• Tapeworms 

•  Ringworms 

•  Mites 

•  Fleas

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