Rat Diseases

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Diseases Rats Carry

Infamously dirty creatures, rats play a huge role in the spread of various life-threatening diseases. Some of the most common rat-borne diseases include:

  • Hantavirus
  • Leptospirosis
  • Rat bite fever

Additionally, rats carry secondary pests, like ticks and fleas, which facilitate the spread of other diseases when these parasites are brought into the home. Some examples are the bubonic plague, which is transmitted by the Oriental rat flea, and Lyme disease, which is transmitted by the deer tick (or black-legged tick).

The most notable symptoms of rat-borne diseases include fever, muscle aches, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. In extreme cases, the contraction of these diseases results in death.

Methods of Infection & Prevention

Humans can become diseased with rat-borne illnesses in a number of ways. Being scratched or bitten by infected rats spreads diseases like rat bite fever. Coming into contact with or breathing in particles of rat excrement and urine leads to disease transmission as well.

It is important to take care of rat infestations as soon as they are detected since their populations grow quickly. As their numbers increase, so do the chances of residents sustaining injury or becoming infected. Contacting pest control professionals is the only way to ensure infestations are eradicated and homes are properly sanitized.

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