Autumn brings out all the insects, spiders, and small rodents as they start preparing for cold weather ahead. While we’re outdoors prepping for Denver winters, all those pests are making plans to take over our homes.
Mice plague this area with the most common being your average House Mouse. Mice range from light brown to dark gray or black in color. As far as length, adult mice can grow seven and a half to eight inches from one tip to the other. Due to their unique structure, they can squeeze into the smallest openings.
Should an expecting mommy House Mouse slip through the cracks of your home, she’s likely to bring six tiny newcomers into the world within three weeks. One, or a family of them, could invite guests into your home while you’re trying to get rid of the ones already there.
Bubonic, Septicemic, and Pneumonic Plagues: Though all these conditions begin with fever and muscle weakness, their symptoms vary from that point. Pneumonic plague leads to severe respiratory issues whereas Bubonic causes nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, body aches, cough with bloody mucus, and extremely swollen lymph nodes. Symptoms of Septicemic plague include abdominal pain, internal bleeding, and shock.
Both these little intruders are fairly harmless to pets and people as long as they’re living where they should. Anything both you and the mice come in contact with in your home increases your risk of exposure.
Salmonella: An intestinal bacteria causing fever, abdominal pain, and diarrhea
Leptospirosis: Bacterial infection bringing about body aches, diarrhea, and vomiting, high fever and yellowing of the eyes and skin
When cold weather threatens, deer Mice are also known for their tendencies to come inside. They’re similar in size and appearance to their previously-mentioned cousins with light white bellies and reddish-brown backs. They have fewer little ones than their counterparts but grow up just as quickly, leaving you plagued with five or so more adults in less than two months.
Hantavirus: Leads to fever, body aches, chills, difficulty breathing, and kidney failure
Rat-Bite Fever: Not necessarily contracted through bites, rat-bite fever can cause elevated body temperature, aches, and pains, rash, skin lesions, as well as sore throats and has been linked to increased risk of future health issues, such as meningitis, liver damage, and pneumonia.
All these conditions can be spread through contaminated food and water, inhaling particles from droppings, and bites from fleas feeding on both you and infected mice. Intruders carrying these bacteria and viruses place your family in danger. They also bring along dangerous threats like tick and flea epidemics.
In addition to the health hazards listed for mice, rats carry Murine Typhus, which can be transmitted courtesy of their byproducts. In addition, the fleas they play host to and bring into your home will also spread the disease. Symptoms of this illness include pain in joints and muscles, persistent cough, rash, nausea, and a fever as high as 106 degrees. To make matters worse, they are not opposed to munching on smaller rodents and won’t hesitate to bring the carcasses of those meals into your house to feed their continuously multiplying families.
Mice are significant problems on their own, three common rat species also call Denver home: Roof, Cotton, and Norway Rats. Quite a bit more massive than their diminutive cousins, each of these intruders can grow to be more than a foot long. Meeting up with one of these critters on a middle-of-the-night trip down the hallway might be enough to elicit a mild heart attack, but they are perfectly capable of introducing illnesses.
If your home is taken over by rats or mice, contamination is only one of your concerns. From home repairs and rebuilding your families food reserves to replacing clothing, bedding, and other belongings, the cost of an infestation could really add up.
Let Beeline Pest Control help you reclaim your living quarters or put proactive measures in place to keep mice & rodents from invading in the first place. Call your Denver exterminator today to set up an appointment (720) 863-6676.