The Dangers of a Rodent Infestation in Your Home or Business

October 6, 2017 8:49 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

If mice or rats move in, it’s not necessarily a sign that your home or business is not clean. In fact, these rodents are almost impossible to keep out if they really want inside. They can easily walk across narrow ledges and can fit under such small cracks that, even if you saw them do it, you’d still think it was impossible.

Rodent infestations can put you and your family at risk of two very serious diseases, and more generally can cause your health to deteriorate by grinding down your immune system. They also pose structural risks to your home or business.

Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome

One of the most serious risks you face from a rodent infestation is hantavirus pulmonary syndrome. This is a viral respiratory disease that is spread through the droppings and urine of infected rodents. This is a serious syndrome with a high fatality rate. It begins with fatigue and fever, and quickly becomes more severe, causing difficulty breathing as the lungs fill with fluid, as well as abdominal pain, dehydration and vertigo.

Lymphocytic choriomeningitis

Another disease spread by rodents is lymphocytic choriomeningitis, which is another viral infection, and is contracted by breathing in dust contaminated with mouse urine and excrement. This disease begins with lack of appetite, body aches and headache, and can extend to serious inflammation of the brain and spinal tissue, which causes headache, backaches, confusion, temporary paralysis and, on some occasions, it can cause long-term damage. In general, it is not fatal––in fact, it is fatal in fewer than 1 percent of cases––but it’s something to avoid.


They’re often made light of, but people with severe allergies understand the type of suffering they can cause! Rodent dander, urine and excrement are all extreme allergens. And even if you don’t suffer from allergies, rodents can still put a strain on your immune system, as you have to fight off the viruses and bacteria they leave in the air and in the dust around your home to stay healthy.

A rodent infestation is also a health risk for your home

Mice and rats can climb into your ducts and plumbing, and chew through your walls and even live electrical wires, starting electrical fires. If you have a serious infestation, you can have damage everywhere in your home, which can require serious post-disaster remediation in Basalt, CO to fix.

Rodents are inquisitive and they have the skills necessary to infiltrate every part of your home. If you notice a problem with rodents, contact an exterminator immediately. If you are buying a new home or business that has or has had a rodent problem, it’s a basic part of the rehabilitation process to not only take care of the rodents, but also to fix any damage that they may have caused. If the damage is extensive, look into post-disaster remediation in Basalt, CO.

At HealthSafe Inspections Inc., we’ve seen the chaos rodents can bring to a home or business. If you have or have recently had a rodent problem and are ready to get your life back to normal, give us a call. We offer a wide variety of post-disaster remediation services, as well as air quality tests that can make sure that your home or business is a safe place to be. We’ve been looking out for your health in Basalt, CO since 2005. We have over 20 years of experience in the industry, and are the premier providers of testing, consulting and post-disaster remediation follow-up in the area.

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