Wild animals are nothing less than annoying. They tear up our lawns, nest in our attics, and wreak all sorts of havoc on our homes and businesses. But not everybody knows just how serious of a threat these critters pose to the health of you and your family. Many of the animal we encounter on a regular basis carry infectious diseases, which is why we always encourage you to give us a call when you have an issue. Diseases include:
Carried by rats, leptospirosis is a bacterial infection that is generally contracted through contact with urine or feces. Symptoms often include a headache, fever, vomiting, aching muscles, or a rash. Severity ranges from a mild annoyance to potentially fatal depending on the situation. If you notice rats or rat waste around your property, do not attempt to remove it on your own.
Yet another rat-related disease, histoplasmosis is contracted via the air. Fungus forms on rat waste, which is then released into the air when the fungus is broken down. This means the potential for disease to be spread anywhere in the home, and does not require direct contact with the rat waste itself.
Perhaps the most widely-known animal-transmitted disease, rabies is a huge threat to both humans and wildlife alike. Vaccinations are available as a preventative measure against the virus, but even still, large numbers of domestic pets are affected each year. Though rabies is on the decline, once it is contracted and symptoms begin to show, it’s too late.
These are just a few of the diseases that we see carried by wild animals on a routine basis. If you suspect that there’s animal activity in or around your home or office, don’t take a chance on your health. Call the experts at Critter Control® of Orlando today at 407.295.7194 to schedule your free home consultation. We’re always happy to answer any questions you may have about our animal removal services as well.