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Are rats or mice dangerous to have in your home?

 Are rats or mice dangerous to have in your home? If so, what types of diseases can they carry?

Rats and mice can be dangerous to have in the home because they carry many different types of disease that are easily spread by their droppings or urine. Some of these diseases include:

Rat bite fever is passed through the blood when a rat bites you. This disease can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, headaches, muscle pain, meningitis (inflammation of the tissue covering the brain and spinal cord), liver problems, pneumonia , inflammation of the heart valves, and death if it’s not treated quickly with antibiotics

Leptospirosis (also known as Weil’s disease) causes flu like symptoms including vomiting , jaundice (yellowing skin/eyes),

Anaemia (reduction in red blood cells), abnormal liver function, and meningitis (inflammation of the tissue covering the brain and spinal cord ). This is a bacterial disease spread through contact with the urine of an infected animal

Salmonellosis causes diarrhoea , fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after exposure. The diarrhoea normally lasts 4 to 7 days and most people recover without treatment. While rare, severe cases can be life-threatening if they lead to blood infection or dehydration

Staphylococcus aureus is an infection of the skin, usually minor skin irritation that may lead to boils or cellulitis (infection of the deep layers of skin and nearby tissues). However, If this bacteria enters your bloodstream it can cause life-threatening illness

Are rats or mice dangerous to have in your home?

           There are many more diseases that rats, mice, and other rodents spread. You can be exposed to these diseases through contact with their urine or droppings. This contact can come from touching them directly, cleaning up after them without wearing gloves, breathing in air containing rodent droppings, or eating food contaminated by rodent waste products. Most of the time there are no symptoms for people exposed to these diseases but if you do experience any unusual symptoms after exposure contact your doctor immediately so you can be tested and treated.  

What types of diseases can rats carry?

The droppings themselves pose a health risk because they can contain bacteria such as salmonella and E coli. These diseases are spread through contact with the droppings, either by touching them or breathing in dust that contains their waste products

– Rodent infestations also present a fire hazard because these animals like to gnaw on electrical wires. While it is rare for an animal to cause a house fire this risk is higher when rodents infest buildings (CDC)

Rats and mice can also carry parasites such as lice, mites, ticks, fleas, and ringworm . This exposes people living in areas of rodent infestation to these parasites. There are also rare cases where animals have brought in diseases such as rabies, though this is very rare

Rats can lead to allergies in humans through their saliva , urine , and droppings . People with severe reactions to the proteins found in these materials should take extra precautions when dealing with rodent droppings or infestations

If you see rats or mice in your home, call a professional pest control service like Bon Accord Pest Control immediately for help. An inspection will be done on your property to identify the rodents living there.  The treatment used will depend on how many animals are seen along with the type of building they are infesting. This will help protect both people and pets from coming into contact with any diseased rodents and ensure they do not return.

– Call a professional pest control service like Bon Accord Pest Control

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