Management of Disease Spreading Mice – Why It’s Still Important
There are still a lot of home owners who have become a little complacent about controlling the common house mouse and other rodents over the decades.
It may be partly because we now frequently see rodents for sale as pets, and so don’t feel as threatened by mice and rats as we once did.
It may also be because our generation hasn’t had to witness anything like the deadly Bubonic Plagues around the early 1900s and then perhaps we would sit up more and take notice when mice visits our home.
The fear factor may have been reduced but there are still very good reasons for keeping these rodents away from your home or farm.
Look at why mice are still a problem:
Mice still carry the same diseases they did back in the 1900s. We know much more about them now and of course, in some cases, advances in modern medicine have rendered some of the viruses and infections transmitted from mice to humans or pets less deadly.
Nonetheless, we still don’t want to be on the receiving end of some of the conditions that mice and rats can spread like:
Toxoplasmosis – a parasitic infection that may result when a parasite is transmitted from mice to cats and then to humans. In healthy humans, the risk of illness is considered low however, where other conditions have reduced immunity, eye damage and inflammation of the brain, among other problems may occur.
Leptospirosis which is also known as Weil’s disease – infection is thought to come from food, water or soil that has been contaminated by rodents. Recently Olympic rower Andy Holmes died of this disease in 2010 apparently after coming into contact with contaminated water.
Hemorrhagic fevers – a group of viruses that affect multiple organs. Vaccines are only available for a few viruses within this group so prevention is all important.
Salmonellosis – Salmonella bacteria is an infection comes from consuming contaminated food however few people understand how the food in question becomes contaminated. Food can be contaminated by droppings from animals that are infected – including, but not limited to, mice.
How mice spread disease:
- is via the droppings and urine they leave when they come into contact with food or utensils;
- by biting or otherwise coming into contact with humans or animals;
- by infecting fleas that in turn infect humans or pets.
Mice control can be difficult especially if neighbouring homes or properties are well protected from mice, your home may well become the preferred feeding and breeding ground for the local mice.
Simple Steps on How to Get Rid of Mice:
Prevention is your first line of defence against mice. Whatever you do don’t leave snacks out for the mice – keep surfaces clean and free from food crumbs and properly seal packets of food that you store in the pantry.
Block off gaps through which mice may enter your home.
Professional Pest control experts can also help you to get rid of mouse problems. If you are being invaded by mice this year, contact your local pest control expert to arrange an inspection and discuss various suitable rodent control strategies to solve your problem.
That is where I come in so call me at A1 Pest Control on 0407 065 413 today for some free advice and no pushy salesmen to talk to in this family owned business we tell it how it is and give you the options.
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