Fall weather means trick-or-treaters, candy, crisp mornings and fallen leaves. Unfortunately, it also means more than trick-or-treating is going on around and inside your home. Real rodents and spiders can be problematic this time of year and it’s a good time to watch for signs that they’ve entered your home.
Rodents such as rats and mice like to find winter shelter in attics, crawl spaces, inside walls, in garages and inside sheds. In New Mexico, flat roofs are particularly susceptible to rodent infiltration. They often access homes through the parapets at the canales. Rodents can spread more than 35 diseases according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Probably the most locally well known disease, Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome is an illness with flu-like symptoms that affects the lungs. Other diseases also spread by rodents include Salmonellosis and Rat-Bite Fever.
Both beneficial and hazardous spiders tend to live or move indoors in the cooler fall weather. The most frequent beneficial spider residents are Cellar Spiders, or more commonly known as Daddy Longlegs. They spin large webs in dark, damp areas and do not pose a health risk to humans. More dangerous spiders include Brown Recluse Spiders, Black Widow Spiders and Wolf Spiders. These spiders’ bites are harmful to both humans and pets, with symptoms from localized pain and itching to headache, skin infections, nausea and fever.
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