I knew that living in the country would come with a lot of changes, but I didn't realize how many pests I would have to deal with each day. Even the winter came with its own pest problems. My blog is all about the problematic pests that country living presents. You will find out what you can do to keep your home pest-free and how to eliminate the pests that have already moved into your home. Hopefully, my personal experiences can help you find the solutions to pest problems that you have and take back your home from the insects and rodents causing you troubles.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, rats carry more than 35 diseases that can be spread to humans through direct contact with a rat or by coming into contact with their bodily fluids and/or droppings. In the home setting, your whole family is at risk, but the young, old, and sick among you are at an even greater risk. If you have rats in your home, it's vital that you take steps to remove them right away. If you continue to live with rats, you risk getting sick by one of the following avenues of infection.
If you've ever had a rat or mouse in your house, you know that they relieve themselves indiscriminately, which is evident by the droppings that you find everywhere. Any area that a rodent travels through will show signs of droppings or urine. Your counters, cupboards, drawers, and appliances are all contaminated when you have a rodent. If you ingest food prepared on contaminated surfaces, you're at risk for contracting leptospirosis, salmonellosis, or tularemia.
Rodents don't just contaminate surfaces, they can contaminate the air as well. If they leave droppings in your duct work, for example, the infectious agents found in their droppings can become airborne. If you run a vacuum in an area that has dropping residue in it, you can disperse infectious agents into the air. Studies have shown that dust in homes with a rodent infestation can contain infectious agents as well. If you breathe in contaminated air, you're at risk for developing hemorrhagic fever, hantavirus pulmonary syndrome and lymphocytic chorio-meningitis.
If you or your child come into direct contact with a rat, there's a good chance that you will get bitten. While rats usually won't seek you out just to bite you, they will bite if they feel threatened. For this reason, you should always leave extermination and removal to an expert who knows how to handle the rats without getting bit.
Humans can also be secondary hosts to infectious agents spread from rats via insects, like fleas and ticks. You don't even have to see a rat or come into contact with its droppings to be infected. You simply have to get bitten by an insect that previously bit a rat.
There are multiple ways you can get sick from rats. If you see signs of rodent activity in your home, call a company like JD Termite & Pest Control Company.