Rodents are infamous for bringing plagues, epidemics, and fatal calamities to mankind since the very beginning of life. Rats & Rodents carry ticks, and several kinds of diseases which in 80% of cases turn out to be fatal for humans & animals alike. An incredible amount of precaution is necessary to keep your loved ones safe at home. To help you understand the dangers of a rat nesting in your house, we’ve put together a small article.

Here we’ll be talking about some of the deadliest diseases caused by rat Infestation in common households & unmaintained community structures in America.

Rats are found everywhere in America and especially in houses, buildings, or in unsanitary conditions. Rat infestation poses a great risk to humans and to tackle this it’s important to have your house inspected by a Pest Control Service. If experts determine that your house has traces of droppings, urine & visible sighting of rats, then pest control should be done as soon as possible. 

Coming in contact with infected rat droppings, hair, saliva, urine, rat nesting or particles can be extremely dangerous. This increases the risk of contracting diseases that are fatal to everybody who comes in direct or indirect contact with it. Exposed water vessels, food bowls, kitchen counters, and cupboards, anywhere a rodent can make its way, it can leave its droppings. Here is a list of  deadly diseases that are spread by rats.

#1 - Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome is a deadly infectious disease that causes flu-like symptoms. If these symptoms progress, it can lead to lung and heart issues which can be fatal. Hantavirus Currently has no cure or vaccination making it a rare, very dangerous Rat-Borne Disease.

#2 - Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis Virus

LCMV is a rodent-borne viral infection that causes fevers, muscle aches, nausea, and headache. Generally, symptoms start showing 1 or 2 weeks after getting infected. LCMV Infection is severe in the case of pregnant women & people with low immunity. This disease is also caused by house mice.

#3 - Salmonella

Salmonella infection is a bacterial disease caused by animals & birds. Salmonella bacteria live in the intestinal tracts of rats and are spread when someone gets in contact with Rat droppings. Salmonella is curable but it can easily manifest into a more severe disease unless treated.

CDC estimates Salmonella bacteria cause about 1.35 million infections, 26,500 hospitalizations, and 420 deaths in the United States every year.

#4 - Rat Bite Fever

Rat Bite Fever is an infectious disease caused by a direct rat bite. Different names for rat bite-fever include Streptobacillary Fever, Streptobacillus, Spirillary Fever, and Epidemic Arthritic Erythema. Symptoms include fever, chills, headache, and joint pain. The symptoms are often mild and may be mistaken for the flu or other common illnesses. The disease can also cause joint pain and swelling of the lymph nodes.

#5 - Tularemia

Tularemia is a zoonotic disease that is caused by the bacteria Francisella tularensis. This disease affects rabbits, rodents & hares. The bacteria usually infect humans through contact with infected animals or their body fluids, like saliva and blood.

People can also get infected by breathing in droplets of contaminated water or dust, or by eating food that has been contaminated with the bacteria. The symptoms of tularemia vary depending on how the person was infected and can include fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, and swollen lymph nodes.

Unarguably, Rats are one of the most common house pests and cause a lot of damage to human health. 

Rats also breed fast and before you know it, there will be an entire colony of rats running around the house. Wild rats that live in houses, buildings, malls, and sewage lines almost always carry ticks, fleas & diseases that can be fatal to everybody who is living there. 

It’s important to get rid of rats as soon as possible. Prioritize your health & call us today. Ridaway’s Pest Control Service removes any & every pest from your house that threatens your safety and comfort. We inspect the premises, identify the intruder, find out what’s causing them to nest in your house, and take preventative measures to keep the intruders from coming back again. 

You and your house deserve a safe & pest-free life. Reach out to us to get rid of all the unwanted creepy crawlies wandering around your house.