• Keeping Raccoons Away

    Though raccoons serve very important functions in our ecosystem, it is important to keep them away from our residential and commercial dwellings as much as possible. This is because raccoons carry diseases, damage property, and sometimes prey on household pets. To learn about what you can do to keep raccoons away, watch this video clip. If you need professional raccoon control or opossum control near San Francisco , contact Premier Rodent and Bird Proofing.

    Raccoons are generally interested in making a house and finding food. First, get rid of the food—don’t leave garbage in a can outdoors overnight, unless it is in a metal container. Then, raccoon-proof areas where raccoons might want to nest. Talk with a pest control expert about how to do this.

  • Diseases Carried by Rodents

    Rodents carry a number of diseases that can cause serious illness or even death. Not only are rodents capable of transmitting diseases directly, such as biting, but they are also able to indirectly transmit diseases through their excrements. At Premier Rodent, we have offered rodent control services near Pleasanton since 1979. Whether you have a rodent infestation or merely suspect there could be a mouse in your kitchen, read this article to learn more about the diseases carried and directly transmitted by rodents. Remember, if you have a question for a rodent control specialist, we’re only a phone call away.

    Plague

    The infamous plague is a deadly, infectious, rodent-borne disease found in the western U.S., South America, Africa, and Asia. Plague can be spread by direct contact with an infected rodent, or through the bite of an infected flea. A range of rodents can carry plague, including wild rodents, prairie dogs, squirrels, and chipmunks.

    Rat-Bite Fever

    Rats and mice can carry rat-bite fever, a bacterial infection that is found worldwide. It can be spread through a scratch or bite from an infected rodent, or from contact with a dead rodent. Eating or drinking water or food that has been contaminated by rat feces can also transmit rat-bite fever.

    Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome

    Diseases Carried by Rodents

    Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome is a virus that is transmitted from a select number of rodents, such as the deer mouse, cotton rat, rice rate, and white-footed mouse. This disease occurs throughout North and South America, and is the result of breathing in air that is contaminated with infected rodent feces or urine. The disease can also be spread through a bite wound, or by making direct contact with rodents or their fecal matter.

    Salmonellosis

    Rats and mice can transmit this bacterial infection worldwide. Caused by eating or drinking food or water that has been contaminated by rat feces, salmonellosis can cause severe dehydration due to vomiting, diarrhea, and fever in humans.

  • A Look at Pigeon-Related Diseases

    Many people do not consider pigeons to be anything more serious than a nuisance. But the fact is, pigeons can damage property and spread a number of diseases. If you need bird control near San Francisco or any other Bay Area location, Premier Rodent & Bird Proofing is the company to call. We only need one visit to bird-proof your property, and all of our bird control work is guaranteed. Continue reading to learn more about the pigeon-related diseases that can put your home or business at risk.

    Histoplasmosis

    This is a disease that results from a fungus that grows on pigeon droppings . It grows in soils as well, and can be found all over the world. Through cleaning droppings, a person may inhale some of the fungus, which can cause infection. Most people do not show symptoms of histoplasmosis, but those that do experience the onset roughly 10 days after the initial infection. Symptoms include chest pains, fever, and fatigue. Histoplasmosis cannot be transmitted from one person to another. Those with a weakened immune system are at greater risk for developing histoplasmosis.

    Cryptococcosis

    This is another fungal disease that grows on pigeon droppings and soils throughout the globe. Healthy people are not likely to become infected with this disease, even after high levels of exposure. A weakened immune system is the biggest risk factor for infection. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 85 percent of individuals with cryptococcosis are HIV-positive.

    A Look at Pigeon-Related Diseases Psittacosis

    Also called parrot fever or ornithosis, psittacosis is an infectious bacterial disease that affects birds such as parrots, parakeets, and pigeons. This disease is spread to humans when a person inhales bird droppings that have dried and become airborne. Psittacosis symptoms develop roughly 10 days after exposure and include fever, rash, chills, fatigue, headache, and occasionally pneumonia. Psittacosis is treated with a common antibiotic. Those at highest risk include pet shop employees, veterinarians, and people with weakened immune symptoms.

  • Where Do Mice Nest?

    Mice multiply quickly once they have made their nest, so it’s important to identify any areas near or in your property that could serve as an ideal breeding ground. Here at Premier Rodent & Bird Proofing, our family owned and operated business has been getting rid of rats and mice near San Francisco since 1979. To learn more about where mice nest before you call a rodent exterminator, watch this video clip.

    If you suspect you have a problem with mice, look for the source of their nest. Mice typically like to nest in areas that are dry and warm, such as underneath the deck, in the crawlspace under your house, in woodpiles, inside your home’s walls, and in the attic. A rodent exterminator can help you locate the source of your mice problem.