Can I Get Sick From The Wildlife In My 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 get the issue taken care of right away to avoid these diseases from infesting your home and family. Some diseases can even spread through contact with or breathing in the air affected by the animal’s urine and feces they leave behind.
What are some of the more common but major diseases that can be transferred to you and your family?
- Zoonsis/Rabies: Rabies 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.
- Histoplasmosis: Histoplasmosis is an infectious disease of the lungs caused by a fungus called Histoplasma capsulatum, commonly related to that of birds. 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.
- 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.
If you are having issues with wildlife inside your home, it’s important to call Wildlife Control Services right away for wildlife removal and prevention to avoid exposing yourself to any harmful diseases. 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 us to make an appointment today at 860-236-2683.