Are You Living With Squirrels?

DON’T LET THE SQUIRRELS IN YOUR ATTIC MAKE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY SICK!

Squirrel Removal FThe following diseases are what you can become infected with when you have squirrels living in the attic and you are not doing anything about it. The longer they live in your home, the longer they have to urinate and defecate all over the insulation, chew through wires and beams, and bring in other species of animals with them.

Call Summit Environmental Solutions now 844-253-8080 and get a free inspection for squirrel removal as soon as possible. Because it may not be allergies you are suffering with… let us help you.

LEPTOSPIROSIS

This is transmitted when animal urine comes into contact with open wounds (i.e. scratches, bites). Initial symptoms range from headaches and rashes to fever and vomiting. If left untreated, it can lead to kidney failure or meningitis. Treatment includes using antibiotics.

LYME DISEASE

A squirrel doesn’t have to bite you to expose you to diseases. Squirrels are often hosting ticks that can carry bacteria. Typical symptoms include fatigue, headaches, and skin rash. If left untreated, Lyme disease can result in facial palsy, arthritis, and heart palpitations, among other severe symptoms. If caught early, antibiotics can be used to treat the disease.

SALMONELLOSIS

This infection is caused by Salmonella bacteria, which can be found in animal feces. Symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, and intestinal cramps. Antibiotics are sometimes given but are not always necessary. Treatment mostly involves hydration and replenishing electrolytes.

TULAREMIA

Tularemia can be transmitted from handling sick or dead animals. Symptoms include, but are not limited to, skin ulcers, fever, swollen lymph glands, and headaches. Antibiotics are used to treat tularemia, and most patients recover.

RABIES

It is very rare for a squirrel to transmit rabies to a human, but it is worth mentioning due to the dangers of being exposed. If bitten by a rabid animal, initial symptoms include fever, headaches, and weakness. If left untreated, symptoms can progress to insomnia, confusion, paralysis, and eventually death. Washing out a scratch or bite wound is the first step to treatment; however, it is imperative to see a doctor quickly if you suspect you have been exposed to the rabies virus.

While most of these diseases are not common, being informed is the first step towards the safe handling of squirrels or other wild animals you may find in your home. To keep them out initially, protect your home, electrical lines, and utility poles from squirrels with our Line Guard and Pole Guard. Contact us to learn more and find a solution to keeping critters at bay.

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