Diseases that Rats & Mice can Bring into Your Home

Eric Richmond November 18, 2014

Mice & Rats may look nice and cute, but they are very dangerous creatures. Not because they will attack you or hurt you, but because of how they travel and where they travel. Mice and rats travel from area to area by crawling to their next destination and on route to that destination they can walk through mud, trash, etc. While walking through those unsavory areas mice and rats can pick up all kinds of germs and diseases that can be transmitted to humans. Because of the way they travel and the areas they travel through, mice and rats are great “vehicles” to transfer diseases from mouse to mouse and even to humans. Here are some examples of diseases that mice and rats can transfer to humans:

  • Lyme Disease– If a mouse or a rat bites you; you could be at risk of getting Lyme disease. The symptoms of this disease include the appearance of skin legions, fever and headache.
  • Salmonella– If mice or rats got into your home and left feces on some of your food or even on some of your kitchen counters or utensils; there is a chance that you can get salmonella. Symptoms of this disease include intestinal disorders like diarrhea and nausea.
  • Rat Bite Fever– If a mouse or rat bites you or scratches you; you might contract rat bite fever. This disease comes from bacteria lying the mouth or nose of a rodent and can cause a relapsing fever that can last months.
  • Hantavirus– If a mouse leaves behind traces of feces, urine or other bodily fluids there is a chance that you could get Hantavirus. This disease causes flu-like symptoms, renal failure and severe respiratory distress.

If you spot any mice or rats in your home make sure that you address the issue immediately, they could be carrying one of the diseases mentioned above. If you have any questions about mice or rats and the diseases they carry or would like information about our mice & rat removal services, please contact us.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

We Control or Eliminate the Following Pests

national pest management association member
EPA Seal of Approval
Woman Owned Business