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Rise in Plague Cases: Increasing Rodent Pest Control Measures

rat sticking head out of pipeOnce thought of an epidemic that only existed in history books, the incidents of the plague have been on the rise in the U.S. during the last few years. At the time of publication, there were four reported human cases of the plague in Colorado in which only two patients survived. In the middle of the month, a California child tested positive for the disease following a visit to a national park. Researchers suspect that increases in rodent populations and a lack of predators may be the cause behind the latest plague incidences. This news has Oregon and Washington pest control experts on alert as they face the possibility of the plague crossing state lines.

The Plague-Rodent Connection

The plague naturally exists in the Western U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The bacterium infects fleas, which then infect rodents. Humans fall ill with the plague in a variety of manners:

  • Infected fleas bite and infect rodents, which then infect pets or humans
  • Fleas bite rodents that died from the plague and then bite other rodents, humans or pets
  • An infected rodent transmits the plague when it bites an animal
  • Infected animals bite humans
  • Infected pets cough infectious droplets around humans
  • A human handles rodents or animals that are dead or alive and infected with the plague

The plague is simple for doctors to detect. When it’s caught early, the plague is treatable with medications and the proper medical care.

Rodent Pest Control for Your Home

  • Keep clutter to a minimum.
  • Avoid keeping food out in the open.
  • Wash dishes as soon after meals as possible.
  • Use lids on trash cans.
  • Store food in glass or hard plastic containers with lids.
  • Keep your yard manicured and weeded.
  • Cut back tree branches that overhang your home and bushes that are close to your home.
  • Store seasonal items in lidded plastic storage containers instead of cardboard boxes.
  • Promptly fix leaks in and around your home.

If you notice signs of a rodent infestation in your home, call the Washington and Oregon pest control experts at Eden. Because rodent waste can be contaminated with dangerous pathogens, it’s best to leave the cleanup to the experts.

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