The Fall can bring mice and rodents into the home. What diseases do they carry and spread?
Most people would agree that there is a stigma associated with having pests living inside your home. However, even the cleanest of homes are still attractive for pests as they provide a safe shelter, moisture, and a food source. The best way to keep the rodents away is to seal any cracks or entry points, prevent moisture from building up, and keep your counters free of food crumbs.
Mice are the most common rodents that find their way into your home as it begins to get cooler in the fall months. Unfortunately the CDC reports that mice and other rodents carry and spread over thirty-five diseases. Diseases directly transmitted by mice and other rodents include Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome, Lassa Fever, Leptospirosis, Lymphocytic Chorio-Meningitis, Omsk Hemorrhagic Fever, Rat Bite Fever, Salmonellosis, South American Arenaviruses, and Tularmia. Diseases that mice and other rodents spread include Babesiosis, California Serogroup Viruses, Colorado Tick Fever, Cutaneous Leishmaniasis, Human Granulocytic Anaplasmosis, Murine Typhus, Powassan Encephalitis, Scrub Typhus, Rickettsialpox, Relapsing Fever, Sylvatic Typhus, and Western Equine Encephalitis.
Many of the above diseases are not easy to pronounce, but they carry rash consequences! The more widely known diseases that rodents carry include West Nile, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Meningitis, Plague, and Lyme disease. Each of these diseases can be fatal to pets and humans if not diagnosed and treated. Thus, a pest free home is the safest home!