Rodents: How These Unwanted Pests Could Be Threatening Your Health

For most people, on the most basis level, a rodent infestation is just gross. It doesn’t matter how cute you think mice are, as they can cause a significant amount of damage to your home and can be an incredible nuisance. But a rodent infestation can also pose a major threat to the health of your loved ones. These small creatures can easily spread disease the second they enter your home—and many of these diseases could potentially be fatal. Rodent feces or urine can easily transmit bacteria, viruses or parasites to you or your family.

Here are a few ways these unwanted pests lurking throughout your home could be threatening your health.

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) can be transferred when one is bitten by an infected mouse or rat. But it’s not just limited to direct contact—the inhalation of rodent feces or urine could potentially transmit the disease. While this may sound gross, it actually happens more often than you might think. When rats are present in your home, rodent urine and feces can easily find their way into your food. HPS can also be contracted by touching contaminated items. While HPS is relatively rare, children and the elderly are especially susceptible. Avoid costly medical bills by contacting a professional for rodent control the second you see any trace of a rat or mouse.


This bacterium isn’t just limited to rats or mice. In fact, leptospirosis can be carried by any animal, regardless of whether it is feral or tame. Humans can contract leptospirosis when broken skin comes into contact with an infected animal. Symptoms can range from jaundice and rash to vomiting, muscle pain, headache, fever, diarrhea and abdominal pain. Unfortunately, this is one bacterial infection that can manifest without any physical symptoms. If it goes untreated it can lead to kidney damage, liver failure, respiratory issues and meningitis.

Rat bite fever

Rat bite Fever is exactly what it sounds like. This sickness can begin to manifest after only a few days following a bite from a rat, mouse or gerbil. It can also be contracted by eating any contaminated food or drink. The primary sign of rat bite fever is the presence of a rash on the hands or feet, but it’s best to seek medical help if you notice any of the following symptoms: fever, vomiting, chills and headache in addition to muscle and joint pain. If you put off seeing a doctor, you may suffer from long-term pain or even permanent physical damage.

Attempting to rid your home of potentially disease-filled rodents isn’t the best DIY project, considering it can pose a major threat to your health. Leave this one to the professionals at Bug Doctor Pest Control. Our team of experienced specialists will work to ensure that your home is free of any potential hazards to the health of you and your loved ones. Call us today to schedule an appointment for effective rodent control!