Cleves, Ohio

5 Common Diseases Critters Tend to Carry March 5, 2019

Cleves, Miami
5 Common Diseases Critters Tend to Carry, Miami, Ohio

No matter where you live, there will be some wildlife outside your home. While it might be tempting to interact with these animals, it’s better to leave them alone. If they begin moving onto your property and near your home, call a critter removal company to take them away safely; otherwise, you could end up with any of the following harmful diseases.

Why Critter Removal Companies Should Deal With Wildlife Invasions

1. Cryptococcosis

This is an infection caused by fungus found in bird droppings—most notably pigeons. It infects humans when the dried dropping are disturbed and the dust spores spread to the air and are inhaled. Usually, only those with weakened immune systems are at risk of cryptococcosis, and could develop headaches, fever, shortness of breath, cough, and night sweats. 

2. Giardiasis

A diarrheal illness caused by the parasite giardia, giardiasis is carried by wildlife—such as beavers, deer, rodents, muskrats, and coyotes—and is transmitted through stool. Affected individuals usually develop giardiasis by drinking contaminated water. It often becomes apparent through symptoms of diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting.

3. Histoplasmosiscritter removal

Histoplasmosis is a fungal disease that is often spread to people by breathing in dust from pigeon or bat droppings. It most often affects infants, older people, and those with weakened immune symptoms, and tends to cause pneumonia-like symptoms. If these people are living in your home, do not hesitate to call a critter removal company if you suspect a bat infestation.

4.  Leptospirosis

Typically infecting skunks, raccoons, squirrels, opossums, deer, and rodents, leptospirosis is a bacterial disease. It spreads to humans by drinking water that has been contaminated with bodily fluids from infected animals. This results in flu-like symptoms for a couple days to a week, but it can reappear later and cause more severe problems, including liver failure and meningitis.

5. Rabies

Most mammals can contract the rabies virus. It is usually spread through bites from rabid animals, which will often display sudden behavioral changes and progressive paralysis. When humans are bitten, it can take anywhere from 14 days to two months to start exhibiting symptoms—headache, weakness, fever, delirium, confusion, and anxiety. Treatment should be sought immediately after being bit by a wild or unknown animal to stop the virus from spreading.


If you’ve noticed opossums digging holes on your property or can hear squirrels in your attic, don’t hesitate to call A.S.A.P. Critter People, based in Cleves, OH. For over 20 years, this family-owned and -operated company has provided affordable wildlife removal services to Hamilton, Butler, Warren, and Clerment counties. You can learn more about their critter removal services, including squirrel, raccoon, and groundhog removal, by visiting their website, and call (513) 941-0258 to receive a quote.

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