What Are the Dangers of Rat Infestation

Rats are said to be very friendly when tame plus they are intelligent creatures that would make them cute as pets. Compared to gerbils and hamsters, they are less likely to bite, and so if your child is searching for a new pet, your good choice could be a domestic rat. However, if you have wild rats in your home, their infestation is not a good thing especially they are not cute. When you sense and show signs that the rats and their families are starting to occupy your outbuildings, garage, attic or basement, then you should already be concern.

There are many kinds of sub-species of rats, but the more common ones are the black and brown rats. The rats that came from Asia were small, however, their relatives are much larger and these are what you see in your own cities and towns.

Rats migrated around the globe just like humans, and they follow soldiers and traders along Asia’s and Europe’s trade routes. Imagine them hitching rides on ships sailing between continents and after some time, rats are seen everywhere.

Where there are more food, the more you will see these rats, because just like pests, they are nature’s scavengers. Rats prefer a diet of various meat and vegetables, but they are not choosy with their food, thus they will be satisfied raiding your trash or your vegetable patch. Be warned that rats will also attack smaller animals if they cannot find food in their areas.

Rats have one main reason for being dreaded or scared of in the past centuries and this is because they spread disease. A disease in the past called the black death or the bubonic plague, was transmitted by rats which were infested with fleas, and because of this 25 million people perished in the Middle Ages.

Today, we have now a better understanding of the disease and thus an outbreak of the disease can be prevented. But, with rats still around, the spreading of disease is still possible, and thus we need to deal the situation as quickly as possible to prevent infestation.

If you see rats living and breeding your surroundings, you should be concern of this condition since rat-borne disease called leptospirosis is the most common to occur.
Salmonella is another disease that you can obtain if you consume water or food that are contaminated by rats. Another serious disease is called hantavirus which people can get by being exposed to rat droppings or rat urine, and also, it can be transmitted by a rat bite. Very common also in the rat population is e-coli, and rats are also infected with this disease leading humans to be contaminated too from food and water that are contaminated.

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