Mice and rats in your home are not just unpleasant. They can actually be dangerous. Rodents can carry a number of contagions that can cause illnesses. Because of this, it is important to perform proper removal if a mouse or rat infestation is discovered and proper rat proofing to ensure that the problem does not recur. Rat health hazards include:

Rotovirus

Rotovirus most commonly affects infants and small children. The virus causes diarrhea and severe stomach cramps. This virus is extremely common; the CDC estimates that nearly every child will contract it at least once before they turn five.

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Nasal Allergies

Just as people can be allergic to dogs or cats, they can be allergic to rats and other rodents. Dander from rats can gather in areas of the home where the animals congregate and become airborne. People who are susceptible will suffer from the characteristic itchy and watery eyes, sneezing, post nasal drip and other unpleasant effects. Allergic reactions in people with respiratory issues like allergy-related asthma can be severe.

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Hantavirus

Hantavirus is a respiratory disease that, in California, is spread primarily through a species known as the deer mouse. Early symptoms are often mistaken for the flu. However, the disease can cause severe breathing problems that require immediate medical attention.

This respiratory virus is transmitted by Hantavirus is primarily spread through contact with rodent urine and feces. Most people who contract the disease are infected when they are attempting to clean up an area where they’ve found evidence of rodent infestation. It is vital to ensure that people who are cleaning up after rats or mice wear protective clothing such as gloves and masks and that any debris is double-bagged and discarded immediately. Because of dangers like these, mouse and rat removal should be performed by a professional who is aware of the potential dangers and can take the proper precautions.

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Bubonic Plague

The plague, also known as the Black Death, is one of the most infamous rat health hazards in history. While rare today, plague killed millions of people in Europe in the Middle Ages. People who are suffering from plague can experience symptoms that include painfully swollen lymph nodes, weakness, headache, fever and chills.

The vector for plague is not rats and mice themselves, but fleas that live on them. When an infected rodent dies, the fleas leave looking for a new host. Flea bites from those carrying the plague bacteria can cause rare but dangerous infections.

bubonic plague rat health hazard

Flea Bites

Even when flea bites do not transmit diseases, they can be both unpleasant and potentially dangerous. When flea bites are scratched, they can become infected and lead to dangerous conditions like cellulitis. This infection of the fat layer of the skin typically requires treatment with antibiotics and can leave behind scarring.

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To keep your family safe and comfortable, you need professional help removing rodents and ensuring that a rat infestation does not reoccur. We use rat removal methods that are fast, safe and effective. Our goal is 100% rat removal every time. Do you suspect a rodent infestation in your house? Get in touch today.