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Even though they may seem docile and cute at times, wild animals can carry serious diseases. From hantavirus to rabies, these diseases can wreak havoc on humans.

Whether you are dealing with a pest infestation inside or outside your home, you have to take the necessary steps to avoid being contaminated by the diseases they can carry.

In the following article, we give you an overview of some health risks related to wild animals. Let’s go!

Health risks: beware of infectious diseases from wild animals

The main health risk associated with wild animals is the transmission of infectious diseases. These diseases occur when microorganisms or infectious agents such as viruses, bacteria or parasites spread through the system of a living organism (animal, human, plant).

In the event of an infestation, an extermination service is always recommended in order to avoid any risk of complications.

Wild animals can easily transmit infectious diseases to humans in a variety of ways. Rodents alone break records, as they can transmit more than 35 diseases!

Rabies: a health risk not to be taken lightly

Rabies is the leading infectious disease transmitted from animals to humans. Primarily spread by the saliva of an infected animal, this disease can even be fatal. Fever, vomiting, fatigue, headache and loss of appetite are the main symptoms of rabies.

In Quebec, bats, raccoons, skunks and foxes are the main carriers of this disease.

When wild animal feces attack our lungs…

When an infestation occurs in a dwelling, respiratory problems can result. You can take preventative measures to avoid this kind of risk and keep harmful species from entering your home.

The feces and urine of mice, rats and bats may contain pathogens that are harmful to humans. Simply inhaling contaminated particles can cause severe respiratory problems.

Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome and histoplasmosis are two major disorders that humans can develop after contact with rodent feces and urine. If you find rat or mouse feces in your home, you should take action quickly.

Food poisoning: wild animal bacteria added to the menu

Finally, food poisoning is another wild animal health risk. When small rodents come into your home, they tend to hide close to your food. When this happens, they may leave droppings and urine nearby, which in turn will contaminate your food.

If you eat these contaminated foods, you are at risk of developing food poisoning because of the many bacteria they will have deposited on the food.

If you find that rodents have entered your pantry, throw out the contents immediately. Your health depends on it.

Avoiding health risks from wild animals to promote health

In short, the presence of wild animals in your environment comes with its share of risks. However, you can protect yourself from them.

If you want to prevent or control an infestation inside or outside your home, please contact Elite Pest Control. Our expert services will help you regain the peace of mind you have lost.