Many of the world’s illnesses are carried and transmitted through
rodents. These infected rats and mice have caused millions of deaths throughout
practicing professional pest control is crucial to keep people safe from disease. Here is a brief look at some of the
common diseases rodents can carry:
Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome
One of the common diseases associated with rats and mice is known as the
hantavirus. This respiratory disease is often found in North and South
America. So far, people have only been infected with the hantavirus when
they came into contact with an infected rodent. The virus can also be
spread by breathing in dust that has been contaminated with a rodent’s
urine or droppings.
Though plague is uncommon in modern society, it wreaked havoc on much of
the European population during the Middle Ages. Now, plague can be treated
by modern antibiotics, but rodents, or the fleas that have feasted on
their blood, can still transmit the disease.
Rodents need to be infected with one of two different bacteria to transmit
rat-bite fever: streptobacillary or spirillary. If a person receives a
bite or scratch from an infected rodent, or if they even handle an infected
rodent, they are at risk for rat-bite fever. Consuming contaminated food
or drink can also cause rat-bite fever. The disease cannot be transmitted
Salmonellosis is caused when a person eats or drinks items contaminated
by the bacteria. Rats and mice can infect food and water with their feces.
A human infected with the disease will often experience diarrhea and fever
for four to seven days. If the symptoms persist or become very severe,
patients should seek medical treatment as soon as possible.
Keep your family safe with effective rodent control at Payne Pest Management.
We want you and your family to be healthy and free of any rodent-carried
diseases, so call us at (877) 365-5629. We have commercial and home pest
control, as well as
rodent control services.