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Rodent-Borne Diseases That Threaten Los Angeles Residents

Rodents are filthy pests that chew on almost anything they find. They can cause considerable damage to a home by chewing on furnishings, personal possessions, and structural elements. Rodents that gnaw through electrical wires can even spark a house fire. These four-legged pests also pose a direct risk to your family’s health. Rats and mice are notorious carriers of numerous diseases, including some that can be life-threatening. Call in the rodent control professionals right away if you notice any signs of an infestation.


Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome is uncommon, but it’s deadly. An infected rat or mouse can spread this disease to humans directly through a bite, but it’s more often spread indirectly. The virus is present in the saliva, urine, and feces of infected rodents. When these waste materials are disturbed, tiny virus particles can get into the air. People contract the disease by breathing in the virus. Patients with hantavirus can experience:

  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches, especially of the back, hips, and thighs
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Chills
  • Dizziness


Unlike hantavirus, tularemia is caused by bacteria. People can contract the infection by:

  • Breathing in contaminated aerosols or dust
  • Having skin contact with infected animals
  • Being bitten by ticks and deer flies that acquired the bacteria from infected mammals

Tularemia is very contagious, and it can be fatal. Watch out for these signs and symptoms:

  • Skin ulcer at the site of the infection
  • Painful, swollen lymph nodes
  • Fever
  • Exhaustion
  • Headache
  • Chills

Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis (LCM)

This is a viral infection that is usually transmitted by mice. People may develop the disease after contact with LCM virus-infected mouse droppings, saliva, urine, or nesting materials. Patients with LCM typically experience two phases of symptoms. The first phase can involve:

  • Fever
  • Appetite loss
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Muscle aches
  • Headache
  • Malaise

The second phase can result in complications such as meningitis, encephalitis, and motor and sensory problems.

No family should have to live with the threat of rodent-borne diseases. Call Payne Pest Management at (877) 365-5629, and we’ll get right to work protecting your family. Browse our website to find out more about our rodent pest control services available in San Diego.


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