Pest Control News

Monday, 3 December 2018

Rodents and Diseases

Rodents and Diseases

Rodents are pests that are a problem all year round, but especially as the winter months are coming in. Rodents such as mice, rats and voles are looking for somewhere warm to create a nice home to get out of the cold weather. It is important to remember that rodents are carriers of diseases that could have detrimental effects on your health. Below we have created a short check list of what these diseases are, how these diseases are transmitted, signs of infection and some helpful prevention tips. 

·     Types of diseases

·      Salmonellosis-main cause of salmonella in humans, usually transmitted due to poor hand hygiene. 

·      Plague-caused by infected fleas which pass the disease onto rodents and can lead to death.

·      Rat bite fever-caused by bacteria.


·     Types of transmission

·      Direct contact- items contaminated with rodent faeces, urine, blood and saliva and improper handling of a dead rodent.

·      Bites and scratches- from a rodent.


·      Ingestion- contaminated food or drink.


Signs of infection can include; chest pains, vomiting, feeling sick, fever, chills, rash.

Prevention tips:
·     Avoid handling a dead rodent-best practice is to wear protective clothing and disinfect the area
·     Rodent proof your home-make sure any gaps into the property or garage are filled


Best practice is always to contact a professional to help you remove any rodent infestations and we can also help you with prevention too!