Health Risks From Mice During Coronavirus Outbreak

Health Risks From Mice During Coronavirus Outbreak

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Living in the same environment as mice can create some problems and make life a little bit difficult in your home. Not only are these pests a nuisance, but they also invite some health risks to your loved ones in your home. Mice, as well as some other rodents, are known to carry some diseases that can be spread to humans directly through contact with their saliva, feces, urine or through bites. Call The Exterminators for the immediate mice exterminator Toronto services.

With that in mind, can mice infect humans with rabies? According to the CDC, small rodents such as hamsters, squirrels, gerbils, chipmunks, and mice are almost never found to be infected with rabies and are also not known to transmit rabies to humans. While all mammals have the capability of spreading rabies, no such reports have been made about mice. This doesn’t mean that mice a free from infecting other diseases such as the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) found in China, Whuhan. As corona is classified as a zoonotic disease that might have its origins in bats there is a likelihood, although not yet confirmed, might be a carrier of this infectious virus. As we all practice social distancing these days in the time coronavirus that citizens are gripping with disinfection and maintaining proper personal hygiene is paramount from contracting the virus and from spreading it.

Some diseases can be spread from mice through parasites they harbour such as ticks, mites, and fleas. It’snot uncommon for mice to seek alternative shelter in our homes during winter, doing so can lead to the spreading of illnesses to those living within the infested area.

Diseases: Mice carry a variety of diseases including Hantavirus, Plague, Rabies and Rotavirus. Some of the viruses and bacteria are airborne so you don’t have to physically touch the rodents to get infected. In fact, your air conditioning unit could be aiding the spread of these diseases. Young children are especially at risk of infection.

Destruction: Rodents are known to chew virtually anything they can sink their teeth into and mice are no exception. The animals need to ‘trim’ their teeth which may otherwise grow too long. This explains their insistent gnawing and chewing of wooden pillars, cardboard boxes, insulation and more. The biggest risk, however, is of a house fire. The rodents can chew through electrical wires located in your walls or attic and bare wires are a well-known recipe for disaster.

Contamination: Experts believe that a mouse will contaminate up to 10 times the amount of food they eat. Mice are omnivorous so no food inside your house is safe. You can easily get sick by consuming food that has been contaminated by rodents. 

As we are gripped by this new reality through the spread of COVID-19 hygiene and disinfection is one of the best methods to ensure that you and your loved one do not get infected. Mice are known as the carriers of multiple diseases and in uncertain times we ensure that we do everything to accommodate you in these hard times. We use safe substances to rid your house of these rodents as we all stay vigilant in doing our part in staying healthy. Upon request, we will wear protective suits. Moreover, with our treatments, you can remain at home. In addition, we offer disinfection services in Toronto and the GTA.

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Joe is a professional pest control exterminator with over 15 years of experience and enjoys sharing his knowledge about different pests and how you can deal with them.