Mice, Rats A Danger to Health and Home This SeasonNPMA Staff
Monday, January 24, 2011
With the flu and common colds going around, it's hard enough
already to stay healthy during the winter, but a rodent infestation could mean a
host of other potential health concerns. Rodents can contaminate
food sources with feces that can spread Salmonella and
Hantavirus. With rodents invading an estimated 21 million
homes every winter, the threat to consumers is very real.
In addition to the contamination they could cause, rodents can
also bring other pests into the home, such as lice, fleas, ticks
and mites. What's more, mice can cause damage to
property by gnawing on wood, walls and wires. The latter could
potentially cause house fires if significant damage is done.
"Rodent infestations are cause for concern because not only do
they pose risks for your home, but for your family's health and
safety as well," said Missy Henriksen, vice president of public
affairs for NPMA. "It is crucial to take steps to prevent
rodent infestations and to recognize the signs that you might have
NPMA offers the following tips to recognize and avoid rodent
infestations this winter:
- Inspect wires, insulation and walls for any signs of gnaw
marks, which may indicate an infestation.
- Store boxes and containers off of the floor and organize items
often to prevent rodents from residing in undisturbed areas.
- Install gutters or diverts to channel water away from your
- Seal cracks and holes on your home's exterior, including areas
where utilities and pipes enter.
- If you find rodent feces, hear sounds of scurrying in the walls
or observe other signs of an infestation, contact a licensed pest
professional to inspect and treat the pest problem.
For more information or to find a pest professional visit: www.pestworld.org.
NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 7,000 members, was
established in 1933 to support the pest management industry's
commitment to the protection of public health, food and