We’ve pointed to the structural damage that squirrels and pests can cause when they invade your house, but there are health issues as well. These animals often carry with them Salmonella and Leptospira organisms that can cause sickness and disease in humans. The Centers for Disease Controloffer more information about these organisms and the diseases they cause.
Most animals and their feces carry salmonella bacteria, which can spread to humans through skin contact. Salmonella causes diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps that last four to seven days. Although it does not often cause death, it can do so in children, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems.
These organisms can spread to humans through infected water and food as well as through skin contact. Humans that develop leptospirosis often exhibit flu-like symptoms although some show no symptoms at all. When left untreated, the disease can cause kidney damage, meningitis, liver failure, and respiratory distress.
Obviously, neither of these are pleasant ordeals to go through. That’s why it’s all the more important to contact us if you see or hear evidence of animals in your home.