Rodents are a problem pest no matter where you live in the world, and Idaho is certainly no exception. With most of the land in Idaho being farmland, rodents – especially the house mouse and vole (or field mouse) – are prevalent. These rodents damage crops, lawns, and even property. Unfortunately, it isn’t just the property damage these critters can cause that should be of concern.
As recent news has reminded us, rodents can carry substantial diseases. According to the CDC, there are 11 diseases/viruses that can be transmitted directly to humans and 15 disease/viruses that can be transmitted indirectly to humans. One of most common is the Hantavirus, which can stay active in the feces of mice for up to six months.
In a story picked up by national news, a more serious disease, has lead to one death and others hospitalized. Though rare, leptospirosis in humans can lead to kidney and liver failure. Wherever you live, rodents carry these pathogens. Mice can and will find their way into any small hole or crack. According to the CDC, mice can squeeze through a hole the size of a nickel.
It’s important to take precautions to prevent mice and other rodents from making their way into your home. If you find yourself fighting a losing battle against a small or large mouse infestation, and your cat can’t even keep up, call a professional. There are products that are only available with a valid license that will help to control and eradicate the infestation.
Tetonpest is a local pest control company with experience dealing with mice and voles. Call 208-242-3770 for a Free Quote. Do Not Delay… Protect your family today!