Andy Walworth: Hi! I am Andy Walworth with Victor. I want to discuss the dangers of rodents. In the past century alone, more than 10 million people have died from rodent-borne diseases. Although, rodents are not major threats to our everyday health, it is justified to be concerned over the potential for rodents to transmit diseases. By their very nature and design, rodents make excellent vehicles for harboring, and rapidly transporting diseases.
Rodents are well adapted to living with or in close proximity to human. They and their parasites share our homes. They nest and sleep in the furniture where we relax, sleep, and store our clothing and we don't even realize it. Obviously, we are quite vulnerable to the potential spread of any pathogens carried by rodents. Diseases rodents and their parasites carry include Salmonella, Lyme disease, Typhus, Hantavirus, and the Plague. These diseases are proven to lead to skin lesions, intestinal disorders, renal failure, fever, attacks on the circulatory and respiratory systems, and some times death.
Beyond the risk of disease, rodents are known to be extremely destructive by nature. Gnawing on furniture, wood work, insulation and other household items is common and could be very costly. Some rodents even have the ability to chew through electrical wiring causing fires, and expensive repairs.
It is important to understand the dangers of rodents and take the proper steps to protect your family and your home.