Infectious Diseases Spread by Mice and Rats

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Mice & Rats – Infectious Disease in South Carolina, North Carolina, & Georgia

Finding rodents in your home is more than just a nuisance, they also pose a serious health risk to those living in your home. Both rats and mice are known to carry diseases and pass them to humans, either through bites, excrement, or through contaminated food. They can also spread disease through fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes that have bitten infected rodents that go on to bite humans.

Diseases Carried by Mice and Rats

Having rodents infest your home can quickly lead to the spread of many dangerous pathogens. Rats and Mice are known to transmit over 35 different diseases. The most common diseases carried by mice are:

  • Hantavirus
  • Plague
  • Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis (LCM)
  • Tularemia
  • Leptospirosis
  • Salmonellosis
  • Rat-bite fever

In addition to these diseases, some people may have allergic reactions to having these pests inside their homes. Many of them can lead to serious illnesses and should not be taken lightly. It is important for your family’s health to keep these dirty pests out!

What Attracts Mice and Rats to Your Home

Mice and rats, like many pests, enter your home looking for food and shelter. There are a few things in and around your home that could be attracting mice and rats to your home:

  • Improperly stored pet food
  • Easily accessible food
  • Gaps or holes in the foundation and walls
  • Cars that sit for long periods of time near a house
  • Wood piles or other structures against a house
  • Bird Feeders
  • Grain Storage
  • Areas of clutter in your home

Understanding what attracts mice and rats and ensuring they do not have access to food, keeping clutter off the ground, and filling any small holes in the walls or foundation will deter rodents from entering your house and help keep them out for good!

Keeping Your Home Safe

One of the most devastating diseases, the Plague was spread by mice and rats. Although the risk of contracting the plague is fairly low today, it is important for your health and safety to keep rodents out of your home. Rocket Pest’s technicians are trained to effectively remove mice and rats out of your home and help keep them out for good. If you suspect there may be rats or mice in your home, call us at 864-232-2406 to get a free quote and expert advice in dealing with any type of pest in your home!

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Mice & Rats – Infectious Disease in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida

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