Gastric diseases – over the years, the rise in the number of ailments involving the digestive system has been alarming. According to the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation, 4.5 billion people contract diarrhea worldwide every year. Moreover, 86% of acute gastrointestinal illnesses in Canadian cities involve diarrhea. In Canada, over-the-counter sales for diarrhea remedies have doubled between 2003 and 2008 to equal $50 million in 2008.
There are many causes of gastrointestinal illnesses but in the case of diarrhea, it is mostly likely to boil down to contaminated food and water. These diseases carry a wide range of symptoms from diarrhea, vomiting, stomach and abdominal cramps.
Contamination of food and water can come in many forms but has it ever dawned on you that they may come from wildlife animals roaming inside your property?
Yes, you heard that right. Urine and fecal matters of different wildlife animals can easily compromise your food and water supply. These excretions may contain fungi, bacteria and parasites that can endanger your family’s health.
So what should you do to avoid this situation? Today we offer you some tips to protect yourself from contamination:
- Always wash your hands with soap and water. As much as possible, use warm water
- Drink bottled water as much as possible. Also, avoid ice that may come from a tap source just to be sure.
- Eat food that has been cooked thoroughly. Certain bacteria like salmonella thrive in uncooked meats and raw, contaminated food.
- Always check your kitchen and your pantry for traces of wildlife droppings. It is important to be on the lookout for any urine and feces because this means that you have wildlife creatures living inside your homes. Squirrels and mice can easily contaminate your kitchen counters where you prepare your food.
- Check your attic for any sign of wildlife infestation. Wildlife animals inside your home are bad news because they will defecate and urinate everywhere. For example, raccoons can make your attic as their communal latrine and this can be a breeding ground for bacteria.
At the first sign of infestation, call Skedaddle Halifax Wildlife Control. Skedaddle’s Halifax Wildlife Control Technicians are trained to address any infestation on your property and recommend the best solution to your problem. With more than twenty years of experience in Halifax wildlife control, Skedaddle has removed many nuisance wildlife from Canadian homes and kept them safe and clean for its human residents.