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      Welcome to Gopher Patrol's Gopher Guy Blog! Check in on the Gopher Guy Blog for information on rodents and gophers, customer stories, and helpful tips to keeping your home rodent free.

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      Monday
      Mar032014

      Examining the Health Risks Associated with a Rodent Infestation

      Group of mice walking in a luxury old-fashioned room

      Even if you are a self-professed animal lover, there is nothing to love about rats and mice in your home. In addition to the structural damage rodents can cause, they also present a serious health risk to you and your family. Rodents are notoriously filthy creatures; in fact, they are responsible for spreading the bubonic plague across Europe that killed an estimated 25 million people in the late 1340s. As if you needed more reasons to contact a rodent control company at the first sign of rats and mice in your home, here is a look at some of the health risks associated with a rodent infestation.

      Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS)
      HPS is spread by breathing in dust that is contaminated with rodent urine or droppings. This severe and sometimes fatal respiratory disease is characterized by fever, headaches, muscle aches, stomach problems, and chills followed by long bouts of coughing and shortness of breath.

      Leptospirosis
      Leptospirosis is caused by the bacteria of the genus Leptospira, which many rodents carry. Although Leptospirosis can cause a wide range of symptoms, some infected persons may have no symptoms at all. This is dangerous considering that, if left untreated, Leptospirosis can lead to kidney damage, meningitis, liver failure, respiratory distress, and even death.

      Lymphocytic Chorio-meningitis (LCM)
      Like HPS, LCM is commonly spread by breathing in dust contaminated with rodent urine or droppings. Although initial symptoms are relatively mild (sore throat, cough, and joint pain), LCM has also been known to cause acute hydrocephalus, which often requires surgery to relieve increase intracranial pressure.

      This is just a small sample the numerous diseases directly transmitted by rodents. To protect your health and the health of your family, contact Gopher Patrol at the first sign of rat or mice in your home. Our rodent removal experts have served the Riverside area for over 15 years. To set up an appointment, contact us online or call us at (888) 466-4674.