Sacramento Pest Control: good things don’t always come in small packages
Because of the heavy rain we have had lately in the Sacramento area, we are finding that not only are pests being driven into homes like ants but also rodents. Performing pest control in Sacramento with such wet weather can be tricky enough, but controlling rodents can be more so. And rodents are a huge concern because of the diseases they can carry.
Many people do not realize that pest control is one of the three largest contributors to increased life spans in the twenty and twenty-first centuries. 1) Improvements in the medical field; 2) Indoor plumbing and civil engineering; 3) Control of vector disease carrying insects and animals – most especially rodents.
In Medieval England, the Black Death or Bubonic Plague killed 1.5 million out of an estimated 4 million people between 1348 and 1350. After 1350, it was to strike England another six times by the end of the century. These numbers do not even include the rest of Europe. Mainly because of infected rodents traveling on trade ships and caravans from other geographical areas, the plague was introduced to Europe, and no one understood the source. Now the disease is virtually wiped out from the western world with only an occasional recorded infection usually coming from an infected animal or rodent.
Worldwide, rats and mice spread over 35 diseases, including:
- Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome
- Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome
- Lassa Fever
- Lymphocytic Chorio-meningitis (LCM)
- Omsk Hemorrhagic Fever
- Rat-Bite Fever
- South American Arenaviruses
These diseases can be spread to humans directly, through handling of rodents, through contact with rodent feces, urine, or saliva, or through rodent bites. Diseases carried by rodents can also be spread to humans indirectly, through ticks, mites or fleas that have fed on an infected rodent.
Recently, the CDC reported outbreaks of Seoul virus in 12 states. Seoul virus is transmittable to humans. See story on ABC News.
Large accumulations of rodent feces and urine in attics are not uncommon. We have seen many homes in Sacramento seeking pest control and rodent control containing such signs of rodents. This is why it is important to call a professional like North American Home Services to come out and seal up holes, trap out existing rodents, and even vacuum up and sanitize attic spaces. In extreme cases, we can even replace the existing insulation.