Pinnacle Pest Control provides Davis with safe control and removal of rodents and decontamination of attic spaces.

Rodents can carry a variety of diseases and if you find yourself experiencing a rat infestation, use caution and contact a pest control professional. However a little bit of knowledge on this subject could be helpful.

All cites can have their share of rodent infestation problems and what can make these problems worse is that these vermin often transmit disease and are a potential source of allergens. Diseases transmitted by rats fall into one of two categories, first we have diseases transmitted directly from exposure to rat-infected feces, urine or bites, and secondly, we have diseases indirectly transmitted to people by an intermediate arthropod (insect) vector such as fleas, ticks or mites.

Rodent droppings, dander and shed hair can exacerbate other allergic reactions. Rat bites and scratches can result in disease and rat-bite fever. Rat urine is responsible for the spread of leptospirosis, which can result in liver and kidney damage. This disease can also be contracted through handling or inhalation of dried fecal matter.  Unfortunately, complications of this condition include renal and liver failure, as well as cardiovascular problems.

Some rats have been known to be carriers of Hantavirus. This virus is transmitted to humans when they inhale airborne particles from rodent droppings, dried urine or carcasses that have been disturbed. The first symptoms of the virus can be mistaken for the flu. Patients then suffer breathing difficulties that may prove fatal if not treated effectively and immediately.

Another viral infectious disease that is transmitted by the common house mouse occurs after exposure to fresh urine, droppings, saliva, or nesting materials from infected rodents and the condition is called Lymphocytic choriomeningitis. One should be especially cautious of contact with this material on broken skin and around the eyes and nose. A Lymphocytic choriomeningitis infection has two phases; the first phase has non-specific signs and symptoms such as fever, malaise, and lack of appetite. The second phase of illness is dominated by neurologic disease that may include meningitis and encephalitis that can lead to paralysis.

Another historically based rodent borne infection is the plague that was caused by fleas transported on rats. This plague killed millions during the middle ages.We find that from the transmission of bubonic plague to typhus and Hantavirus, rat infestations can prove harmful to human health. There are other infections from Cutaneous Leishmaniasis to Salmonellosis and they are all spread by rodents.

To protect from rodent borne illnesses, all rodent feces, nesting materials and carcasses must be removed from the home.

To property decontaminate a rodent infestation, be sure to spray all areas thoroughly that are affected with disinfectant before sweeping to avoid having anything become airborne. Use gloves to handle rodent carcasses or droppings and a respirator with functioning cartridges. Be sure to air out buildings after an infestation.

We handle rodent removal throughout Davis and it is a major service area for our company with a population of about 66,000 people.  We have learned quite a bit about the Davis history and demographics. The city grew from a Southern Pacific Railroad depot built in 1868 and at the time, it was known as “Davisville”, after a local farmer. Later, the post office at shortened the town name simply to “Davis” in 1907. The name remained, and the city of Davis was incorporated on March 28, 1917.

Since the city’s birth as a farming community, Davis has been known for its contributions to agricultural policy along with veterinary care and animal raising. After the passage of the University Farm Bill in 1905 Davis was selected out of 50 other sites as the future home to the University of California’s University Farm. It officially opened to students in 1908. The farm, later renamed the Northern Branch of the College of Agriculture in 1922, was upgraded into the seventh UC general campus, the University of California, Davis, in 1959.  Today the University of California, Davis, is a public research university and one of the 10 campuses of the University of California system.