Dangers and Risk Your Family May Be Up Against Without Rat Proofing Insulation!
Rats, mice, possums, squirrels, and any type of rodent can make your attic their home!
It is very important that while you are thinking about installing insulation; to think about rat proofing your home to protect you and your family.
Rodents carry many diseases and these diseases can easily transfer to your children and the adults in the home. Pure Eco cares about the protection of your home and want you to take into account of rat proofing your house.
Out of our own experience, we have been in homes that had no idea that they had a rodent problem. I bet you're wondering how a person would not know this? Well, think about it; you're paying little to no attention to the attics, basements, and in between the walls right? So, it's easy to miss; unless the rat is running across your living room floor (YIKES!).
The weather brings home these unwanted guest! You want to be sure your family is protected! Give us a call (877) 778-2551, that way we can keep the rodents out and the warm or cool air in!
When we send a inspector manager to your home, what we are keeping in mind; is to keep your family safe. If we see any dangers toward your family it is our duty to let you know what's going on. Having Rodents in your home is a health risk and you will need to take the proper precautions.
The Dangers and Risk without Rat Proofing
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), some rodents carry a disease called Hantaviruses or for short HPS. This disease can cause deadly disease called hantavirus pulmonary syndrome. Hantavirus Syndrome, “is a febrile illness characterized by bilateral interstitial pulmonary infiltrates and respiratory compromise usually requiring supplemental oxygen and clinically resembling Acute Respiratory Disease Syndrome (ARDS). The typical prodrome consists of fever, chills, myalgia, headache, and gastrointestinal symptoms. Typical clinical laboratory findings include hemoconcentration, left shift in the white blood cell count, neutrophilic leukocytosis, thrombocytopenia, and circulating immunoblasts.”
The symptoms a person will feel if they caught HPS are:
- Fatigue - feeling extreme tiredness, usually resulting from mental / physical exertion, or an illness.
- Fever - abnormal body temperature, accompanied with headaches, shivering, and in some severe instances; delirium ( disturbed state of mind that occurs with fever resulting with restlessness, illusions, and incoherence of speech)
- Severe Muscle Aches - Discomfort in muscles and joints.
These symptoms will carry out from 1 to 5 weeks after the exposure with the infected rodent, urine and/or droppings.
Within the few days after exposure, the person will start to feel:
- Shortness of breath
- Headaches will occur
- Severe stomach pains
Another Virus To be Concerned About
Salmonella, rodents feces can carry salmonella and can be found in your bedding, food, and drinks!
What is Salmonella?
According to the CDC 1.2 million people are infected and 450 deaths from Salmonella in the United States.
Children are at the highest risk of catching Salmonella, due to them always putting things in their mouth including their hands. As well as people with compromised immune systems; older adults, babies, people with AIDS, and other serious diseases.
People who have Salmonella might experience:
- abdominal cramps within the first 12 and 17 hours.
Approximately the illness may last between 4 to 7 days and some may not need treatment. However, their are other cases where people have been hospitalized.
Deer mouse, white-footed mouse, rice rat, and the cotton rat are some of the carriers of the HPS virus. It's hard to identify which animal is carrying the virus; best advice is to stay away from wild mice and rats, and to clean up any nest, droppings, or urine they leave behind (please wear the proper protection gear when you do so; such as plastic or rubber gloves and spray disinfect in the area preferably bleach mixed with water, and let in soak for 5 minutes).
If you are concerned with your pets; it has not been reported that dogs and cats can give transmit the virus to humans.
Who Can Catch HPS?
Anyone is subtable to catching HPS! You do not have to be already sick in order to catch the virus; healthy people are at a high risk also!
When a person breathes in the virus. When a person breathes in the virus it's caused by the rodents urine and droppings that are stirred up into the air. Another way of catching the disease is a person can touch rodent urine, droppings, and any nesting material. A person can touch this without knowing and then putting their hand on their face, mouth, lips… and the virus is transmitted. Or getting bit by the infected rodent.
* As far as a person transmitting the disease to another person; this has not yet been reported in the United States.
What Pure Eco Can Do To Help Protect Your Family
Sanitation (Extra Service Charge - Not Part Of The Rat Proofing)
First, it was recommended that we clean the space and sanitize it from all the impurities that will make you and your family sick!
How we do this…
Vacuum up all of the dust, droppings, cobwebs, and anything else…. After we vacuum the space than we sanitize the area with a sanitation spray to prevent incidents such as HPS from happening to your family.
- Seal with a seal foam along all the cracks in the space.
- Install a metal screens as extra precaution to prevent the rats to come in.
FIRST WE MUST LOOK
Rats will squeeze in between cracks to get inside your cozy home. To prevent this we need to find the holes that allow them to get in. After we locate the hole...
We Start To Seal
Sealing your home is extremely important because it will keep out the rodents ! As well as any unwanted outside air and keep the inside air right where it belongs; inside. Getting your home seal is beneficial all the way around!
As reassurance to keep unwanted guest out we install metal screens as extra precaution; just in case they get smart and start chewing the foam. The metal gate will hurt their teeth and turn them away from continuing their attempt to come in.
Some Additional Ideas To Keep In Mind To Protect Your Home
Pure Eco rat proofing has a long term effect and will keep the rodents out! However, it's always important to periodically inspect around your home to be sure rodents are not coming inside. We suggest to do so, because when they realize their normal entrance is gone they want to start looking else where to get inside, along with inclement weather, and other forces of nature can be a result of any new holes in the walls.
- co.za - 2015
Page last reviewed: August 29, 2012 (archived document)
- Content source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID)
- Division of High-Consequence Pathogens and Pathology (DHCPP)
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