Have you ever caught an episode of the television series, Zoo? Although fictional, it has already touched on an all-too real topic, zoonoses. For those that haven’t watched the program, it involves the passage of a genetic mutation from animals to humans. Of course it’s more in-depth than that, and full of fantasy. However, the concept is similar in vein to what several professionals were discussing in the July 2016 edition of Trends in Parasitology. What does it have to do with the show and more importantly rodent control? We’ll tell you:

Rodents Are Jumping Over More Than Beams

Just like the show, the article pointed out that many animal borne diseases have jumped from one species to another. For example, do you remember hearing about mad cow disease outbreaks? Caused by mutated proteins, Iowa State University’s Center for Food Security & Public Health initially came up with a list of carriers. It has since expanded to include mice. So contact with mice has the potential to transfer the incurable disease to other living creatures. It isn’t the only disease to expand into foreign territory either. The list of others includes, but doesn’t stop with the Hantavirus, Swine and Avian Flus.

Which Rodents Are Taking the Leap in Omaha?

Like the folks behind the Trends in Parasitology article, our Omaha rodent control company is more concerned with the Hantavirus than the others we’ve already mentioned. Why is this particular virus a major concern to us? To begin with, it is silently carried by a number of problematic rodents who call Nebraska home. Among the species of note are:

  • Brown Rats
  • Deer Mice
  • White-Footed Mice

Although they all prefer to live outdoors, each one is known to nest inside Nebraska’s buildings from time to time. Of course these potential carriers do not pay attention to borders and that’s where the concept of zoonoses comes in. It is feared that without rodent control measures in place; the viruses may mutate and spread.

For instance, let’s imagine that an infected deer mouse sneaks into a restaurant in Omaha, Nebraska. After nibbling its way through the restaurant’s cache of white rice, it leaves bodily fluids and excrement around. The chef, who doesn’t notice the signs of rodent activity, uses the rice to feed the restaurant’s patrons, some of which are tourists. As a result, the patrons get sick and then inadvertently spread the virus across country.

Is There a Potential Stop-Gap Measure?

It’s a white-knuckle scenario no doubt but as we’ve said before, professional rodent control is one stop-gap measure that Nebraska has at their disposal. Why is it considered a stop-gap measure? Simply stated, professionals know how to capture potential carriers without exposing themselves and others to pathogens. Plus, they are skilled at reporting rodent activities to organizations that track them in the public’s interest. Thus, rodent control experts in Omaha ultimately have the ability to increase Nebraska’s chance of remaining healthy. Of course that’s providing residents know when to have their buildings inspected for rodents.

Recognizing Rodents for What They Are

We recommend Omaha residence call right away for an initial inspection. After all, it is easy for rodent control experts to quickly uncover signs of life because they’re experienced. Property owners, on the other hand, may not be experienced enough to see the signs. Also, experts will immediately know how to respond to any given rodent infestation. As such, the rodent colony would not have additional time to grow in number and spread out to more locations. To speak with rodent control experts about what comes next, please contact Miller Pest and Termite now.