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What are the Health Risks of a Rat Infestation?

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    A rat infestation is a serious problem that can pose health risks to you and your family. That is why it is important to take action at the first sign of a problem. The biggest dangers occur once rat feces has been allowed to accumulate. This can spread bacteria, trigger allergies, contaminate food and cause more serious health problems. Learn more about the health risks of a rat infestation and what steps you need to take once these pests have entered your home.

    Hantavirus

    While you may not have heard of this virus, it is a dangerous disease that can be transmitted from rodents to humans. Infection can occur when humans are directly exposed to or inhale rat urine, feces and/or saliva. The risk of contracting the disease increases when people and rats are sharing living space. Symptoms include headaches, fever, muscle aches, abdominal pain, fatigue and chills. Ultimately, the disease can be deadly.

    Bubonic Plague

    You probably remember hearing horror stories in history class about the toll the bubonic plague took on Europe during the Middle Ages. While it is much less common these days, it has not been totally eradicated and it is still possible to contract this deadly disease. It is most commonly spread by being bitten by an infected rat flea. A bite can result in a headache, fever and severely swollen lymph nodes.

    Rat Bite Fever

    This is another potentially deadly disease that humans can contract if they eat food that has been contaminated by rats. Symptoms tend to occur 3-10 days after the initial ingestion of bad food. Infected humans will experience fever, vomiting, muscle pains and rashes that can be fatal.

    Salmonellosis

    Salmonellosis is also caused by ingesting contaminated food. While it isn’t considered a deadly disease, it can cause severe and uncomfortable symptoms that include fever and diarrhea.

    If you have noticed rats or rat droppings in your home, it is time to call the professionals. You don’t want to take on the health risks of a rat infestation. It is all too common for the infestation to be much bigger than it may look at first glance so don’t risk your health. Pest management experts can locate the infestation, take steps to safely remove rats and feces and seal up your home to prevent further problems. Call the technicians at PMi Pest Management today for professional help with all your pest management needs.

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