How Rats Can Affect Your Family's Health

When it comes to the health of your family, you want to take all the necessary precautions. You don't want to risk anyone getting sick. Do you realize that there may be things lurking in your home that can hurt you? This is especially true when you have pests, such as rats, coming into your home. A rat infestation is a huge problem and one that needs to be dealt with swiftly. There are a variety of ways that these infestations can make you and your family sick.

How rats can affect your family's health

They can carry a variety of diseases.

Rats are a bigger problem than you may realize, and they are a dangerous carrier of diseases. All of the following can cause a lot of problems through food and water contamination, droppings and direct contact. They can also reproduce quickly which just makes the problem even worse and increases your chances of being affected.

Rat-bite fever can be caused by more than just getting bitten. It can also be caused by being scratched or ingested contaminated food or beverages. Symptoms, which can last up to three months, include nausea, rash, fever and headaches. If the disease goes untreated, the damage done can be long-term.

Salmonellosis is a strain of food poisoning that can be caused by consuming food or water that has been contaminated by rat feces. It is also very contagious and easily passed to others. Symptoms include nausea, fever and diarrhea.

Lymphocytic choriomeningitis is transmitted through contact with rat urine or saliva. You may also suffer neurological damage if it goes untreated. Symptoms include aches, fever, meningitis, nausea and encephalitis. These symptoms can be long-term.

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome is passed through direct contact with rat feces or urine or by getting bitten. It is also fatal in more than half of its cases. Children are more likely to contract this disease than adults. Flu-like symptoms will affect you such as fatigue, shortness of breath and fever.

They can also bring in allergens.

Allergens found in rodent urine or dander can make you very sick. They can cause difficulty breathing, allergies and other asthma-related illnesses.

They can bring in other pests.

Not only do you have the rats as pests in your home, but they may be bringing in additional pests with them. These pests include ticks, lice and fleas. Rats have the potential to make us very sick when they have come into our homes. Contact us now for a thorough inspection!

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