The most common forms of mice, vole and shrew damage include chewing holes into your property’s foundations, building nests in your attic, and gnawing on wires in your home or business in Alaska. Deer and House Mice, Red Backed Voles and Common Shrews are common in Southern and Central Alaska. Mice, Voles and Shrews can invade your home or business destroying food stocks, clothing, bedding and contaminating dwellings with feces and urine infecting people with diseases like Lyme Disease, Salmonella, Hantavirus, Pox and even Typhus.
In the past century alone, more than 10 million people have died from rodent-borne diseases. Although rodents are not major threats to our everyday health, it is justified to be concerned over the potential for rodents to transmit diseases.
By their very nature and design, rodents make excellent “vehicles” for harboring and rapidly transporting diseases. They can contaminate food-preparation surfaces, dinner plates, glasses and cookware with feces and urine. For example, in six months, one pair of mice can eat four pounds of food and contaminate 10 times that amount with urine and some of the 18,000 droppings they produce during that time which can contain the common bacterium that causes food poisoning (salmonellosis). Lyme Disease, Hantavirus, Pox and even Typhus are a few of the other diseases that can be spread by rodents.
In Alaska, mice can have over 10 litters per year with between 10 and 12 young.once in the spring and once in the fall. Attics, basements, walls and crawl spaces are a favorite place for mice and rats to build their nests. Mice, voles and shrews can get into your home or business by chewing holes from the outside through eaves, soffits, trim, construction gaps or other weak areas around building foundations that allows them access into your home or business. These holes can also cause severe water damage to your property in Alaska.
Rodents can also damage attic insulation increasing your heating costs. These rodents frequently urinate and defecate in the insulation causing severe odors and potential health effects to your family. An even more threatening situation is that all rodents gnaw and chew on exposed electrical wires creating a severe fire hazard. Rodents are to blame for about 30,000 house fires each year!
If you do not permanently seal all entry points where rodents can and do enter your home or business, they WILL return each season to create more damage. Protect your family and your investment by scheduling an inspection with Varmint Gone Anchorage today!