Different Types of Diseases Transmitted by Rodents

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Rodent infestations create several problems for property owners. They damage different parts of your house when they make a den and they bring all sorts of bacteria and germs with them.

With rats and mice infesting your property, you put yourself, your guests or other people living in your house of getting all sorts of diseases. Click Here!

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome

Hantavirus is a potentially life-threatening disease that rats may transmit. The symptoms of this illness include fatigue, muscle aches, fever, headaches, vomiting, nausea and abdominal pain. An infected person may start displaying the signs between one to five weeks after exposure to the virus. Misdiagnosis may occur because of the similar symptoms with other diseases.


Rodents may transmit this bacterial disease after a person comes in contact with infected water. You might contract this ailment when you swim, wade, kayak or drink contaminated water. Individuals who work outdoors or with animals have a higher risk of getting an infection. This diseases has the following symptoms:

1. Severe myalgia

2. Abdominal pain

3. Chills and intense headaches

4. Skin rash

5. Red eye

Symptoms begin to appear within 7 to 12 days.

Rat Bite Fever

Two types of bacteria may cause rat bite fever these are spirillosis and streptobacillosis. Some of the symptoms of this disease are inflammation around an open sore, a rash that appears purple or reddish, chills, fever, vomiting and muscle aches.

These are some of the diseases that rodents may transmit, if you allow them to infest your home. Once you see any sign of a rat infestation, it is best to call an expert animal remover.

How do rats transmit disease?

You might get rat-borne diseases, if they bite you, or handle one that died and inhale spores from their droppings and urine. You might also get an infection by coming in contact with or drinking contaminated food or water. The most at risk of getting a disease are children, seniors and people with pre-existing medical conditions.

How to Get Rid of Rodents

Trying to get rid of rodents on your own is a difficult task. You might be ill equipped to handle dead rats or clean droppings and urine. You put yourself at risk of getting an infection, if you do not have the proper gear and knowledge about rodent removal. Even if you remove the rats, they might re-infest.

Animal removers have the experience and skill to get rid of rodents humanely and properly. They have the equipment to handle droppings, urine and dead animals. They will also do a thorough inspection of the possible places that other pests may invade your home. They will close these and deodorize the area to prevent the spread of bacteria, viruses, germs and disease.


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