Prevent Wildlife Diseases From Sneaking Into Your Home
Critters such as raccoons, squirrels, skunks and several birds carry harmful diseases and can’t wait to sneak into your home and share. These diseases can be very dangerous to your family so it is important to take preventative actions to protect you and your family. So what are the major diseases these critters carry and how do you prevent it?
Zoonsis/RabiesRabies is a fatal viral disease that can affect all warm-blooded animals including us, people. Rabies is primarily transmitted by the bite of infected animals but may also be transmitted by scratches or saliva to open wounds. However, this disease is not transmitted by contact with urine, feces, blood, or scent glands. Symptoms of rabies in animals vary, but they often include changes in behavior such as unprovoked aggression, unusual friendliness, paralysis or un-coordination, excessive drooling, disorientation and aimless daytime wandering. To minimize the risk of exposure for your family and your pets be sure to take preventative actions as well as vaccinate your pets and avoid coming in to contact with wild and stray animals.
HistoplasmosisHistoplasmosis is an infectious disease of the lungs caused by a fungus called Histoplasma capsulatum. The infection sometimes can spread to other parts of the body and the Histoplasma organism thrives in moderate temperatures and moist environments. This disease can multiply, leading to lung diseases as well as tuberculosis. Droppings from chickens, pigeons, starlings, blackbirds, and bats support its growth so it is important to try and keep the birds off property. This is true for homeowners as well as property owners of commercial buildings. The challenge is that birds usually fly in large groups so it can be difficult to regularly clear off the droppings form the property safely. To prevent this harmful disease try spraying the areas with water and cleaning with formaldehyde but know formaldehyde can cause health risks as well.
Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome
HPS is a serious respiratory disease carried by certain wild rodents and is passed to people through contact with a rodent's infected urine, droppings or saliva. Breathing in contaminated mist or dust is the most common form of the disease transmission. This year there have been increased populations of some rodent hosts of Hantaviruses in some areas because of increased vegetation resulting from wetter than usual weather. As always, if you notice increased numbers of wild mice in rural areas, steps should be taken to minimize human contact with these rodents. This disease can be fatal so avoid contact with any rodents and if you feel your home or commercial building has been infested, be sure to contact Wildlife Control Services right away.
Prevention ServicesCritters enter your home to get out of the colder weather but once they get inside the can cause property damage and spread diseases. With wildlife prevention services, a professional can come to you and take measures towards preventative actions to protect your home. They can install chimney caps, underground fencing, roof vent covers and a number of other techniques to prevent wildlife from entering homes or burrowing under structures, thus removing the necessity to capture animals in the first place. Almost every conflicting situation where animal damage leads to animal removal could be prevented. Whether it's the raccoon in the chimney or attic, the squirrel loose in the basement, or an animal in your living space, there are steps you can take to minimize the chances of it happening to you. These actions can prevent any problems from occurring before they even start which can save you money and protect your home from several diseases these critters carry.
If you are looking to prevent wildlife from invading your home or need help with rodent or wildlife removal, contact Wildlife Control Services at 860-236-2683. We always strive to provide the customer and the wildlife with the safest and most effective management techniques at our disposal. We use ecologically sound and integrated control techniques in resolving human and animal conflicts.
Call Wildlife Control Services @ 860-236-2683