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Mice Infestation Health Risks UK

Mice may not exactly look like the most dangerous animal. They are much smaller than rats and not nearly as disgusting as, say, cockroaches. Looks can be deceiving, though. Mice can still cause serious health risks. To help you understand just how serious, we are going to discuss the potential mice infestation health risks in this post.

Food Contamination

One of the most direct and obvious mouse infestation health risks is the fact that these furry little rodents often carry numerous diseases. As they search your home for food, they walk over every surface – and through cooking ingredients – with dirty paws.

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Not to mention defecating and urinating along the way. As well as being gross, this can also contaminate your food. And if you ate anything without knowing a mouse had been near it, it could make you ill.

Diseases Mice Carry

It always seems like rats get a much worse rap than mice. However, both rats and mice, can be affected by various zoonotic agents and parasites, according to experts at the World Health Organisation. And if that wasn’t enough, many rodents like rats and mice are known to be directly linked to medical issues such as indoor allergic reactions and asthma.

Some of the most serious and dangerous bacteria, viruses and diseases that are spread around by mice as they make themselves at home include:

  • Salmonellosis
  • Leptospirosis
  • LCM
  • Hantavirus

Mice Infestation Health Risks – Spread of Other Pests

Another of the big mice infestation health risks posed by these rodents is not directly related to them. It has more to do with the insects and organisms taking a ride on their back.

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That’s right, even if the mice that visit your home don’t cause too many problems, these creatures still might – whether it‘s lice, ticks, fleas or other similar creepy crawlies.

Clearly, mice infestation health risks stretch beyond their droppings and urine. Which is why you should act as soon as you are aware, or believe you have, a mouse infestation problem. You need to hire professionals like Diamond to get rid of these pests fast.

Don’t be fooled by their cute features. Mice can carry just as many diseases as other pests. And their additional hitch-hiking companions can easily spread throughout your household.


Sally has been writing on the subject of pest control for 4 years. She always carries out extensive and in depth research and always tries to bring you the most up to date, interesting topics.

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