Rodents commonly infesting Oklahoma City buildings and homes include squirrels, rats, mice and chipmunks. Most rodents are small animals with long tails, short limbs, and sharp incisor teeth which they use to chew, gnaw and bite. Since these incisors grow continuously, rodents must chew and gnaw on anything and everything to keep them sharp and at an appropriate length.
Rodents endanger the integrity of your home or commercial building quickly and efficiently. Using their teeth to chew and destroy everything in their path and their ability to give birth to dozens of offspring every few weeks, rodents represent a direct threat to your home, livelihood, and health.
Consequences of Neglecting a Rodent Infestation
Rodents are notorious carriers of severe infections diseases that can be transmitted to humans via inhalation of infected aerosol droplets or coming in contact with rodent urine, feces, and other bodily fluids.
- Hantavirus- Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) presents symptoms similar to pneumonia – fever, body aches, vomiting, fatigue, and cough. HPS causes the lungs to fill with fluid, making it difficult to breathe. People sickened by hantavirus may need to be hospitalized due to severe respiratory problems. The overall mortality rate of those infected with the hantavirus is nearly 40 percent.
- Leptospirosis- Carried by raccoons, mice, rats, skunks and other animals, this bacteria easily passes through minor skin abrasions and can cause fever, nausea, fatigue and muscle pain.
- Rat-bite Fever- In North America, rat-bite fever is transmitted by rats infected with Streptobacillus moniliformin, a bacteria causing fever, vomiting, muscle aches and distinct rash on the feet and hands. You do not have to be bitten by a rat to become infected. Consuming contaminated water or food will also infect you with RBF. Standard treatment for RBF is administration or antibiotics, specifically penicillin. Without treatment, RBF can develop into a life-threatening illness.
Contact Critter Control® of Oklahoma City for Rodent Management Services
Don’t let a rodent infestation destroy your home or business or sicken your family with bacterial diseases and deadly parasites. Call Critter Control® of Oklahoma City today to receive immediate, courteous attention to your rodent problem. Even if you aren’t sure you have a rodent problem, please don’t hesitate to call us to schedule a professional inspection of your premises.
We offer free estimates for rodent management services.