• How Rats And Mice Infestation Can Affect Your Health

  • A rat or mice infestation is a critical issue that can pose health risks to your family. You must take serious action whenever you notice the first sign of infestation. In some cases, the mice and rats become unwanted guests. They enter homes without your permission. But some people love to own and enjoy pet animals like cats and rats etc. Although they look clean and neat they can carry germs along with them that can make people sick. Many fatal diseases can be spread by the urine, faeces, and saliva of these animals.

    According to the centre for disease control and prevention (CDS) the families having children, pregnant women or people having weak immune systems must avoid owning rodents as pets. It increases the chances of sickness at high risk. First of all, you should take safety measures to prevent infestation. This is the only way you can save your family from diseases.

    Safety tips to adopt for pets

    Rodents like to burrow into anything for nesting and food supplies. They also chew anything to make their way easy to enter the desired target. The solution to this problem is only to take suitable measures and precautions to avoid this massive situation.

    Some safety measures are highlighted for you as:

    1. Wash your hands immediately after loving, touching, and feeding the rodents.
    2. Keep your pets out of your kitchen and other food products.
    3. Do not kiss, rub and hold the rodents close to your face as it increases the chance of being bitten.
    4. Wear disposable and rubber gloves when cleaning the rodent’s urine.

    Several fatal diseases caused by mice

    Sometimes wild rodents are responsible for the deterioration of property and electrical supplies by chewing them to enter the home. Rodents such as mice and rats reproduce rapidly so a few mice can turn into an infestation before your eyes and you cannot do anything. They spread the virus through their faeces and saliva which are harmful to any normal person.

    A human can suffer many fetal diseases caused by rats. Some of them are as follows:

    1. Hantavirus
    2. Leptospirosis
    3. Lymphocytic
    4. Choriomeningitis (LCMV)
    5. Tularemia
    6. Salmonella

    The rats and mice can spread 35 diseases. These diseases can be spread directly, through handling and touching the rodents or indirectly, through ticks, mites, and fleas that fed on infected rodents.

    1- Hantavirus

    Several types of rodents carry hantavirus and transmit it to a healthy person by faeces or by touching the infected rodents. symptoms include fatigue fever and shortness of breath and sometimes lead to a serious condition of a patient called “hantavirus pulmonary syndrome”.

    2- Leptospirosis

    Some rodents like rats carry leptospira bacteria. Though it is rare in any other pet animal humans are quite at risk of the disease. It has flu-like symptoms that may lead to chronic liver disease. Other symptoms are:

    • jaundice
    • chills
    • abdominal pain
    • high fiver

    if the treatment is not given in time it results in many serious respiratory diseases.

    3- Intestinal parasites in mice

    Many rodents carry intestinal parasites called roundworms that cause diarrhoea, vomiting and weight loss. These parasites can easily be transmitted to humans and any other animals. If any pet like the cat is suffering from this parasite, then anti-parasites are recommended for the treatment.

    4- plague

    Some rodents are the carrier for bacteria yersinia pestis. Plague can be easily transmitted to humans by a flea bite. Suffer persons have the following symptoms:

    • Cough
    • Muscle soreness
    • Lymph nodes enlargement

    The treatment involves the use of antibiotics.

    5- Salmonellosis

    It spreads via infected rats to a healthy person. The main reason for the infection is the consumption of food and water by humans which are contaminated by rodents’ faeces. The patient suffering from fever, headache, and diarrhea

    Rats and mice spread disease in another way too: by the host which will either be a parasite or fleas or mites. In this case, not only rats are affected but the germs which are attached to their bodies can spread diseases everywhere. Many fatal diseases are caused by these parasites, not by mice and rats. For example, Black Plague that appeared in Europe in the 1300s was actually due to parasites hosted by rats. So serious steps should be adopted for prevention and safety purposes.


    In conclusion, our findings showed a high proportion of the population is facing infestation by rats and mice. The presence of rodents on a large scale in any habitat with high risks of disease transmission highlights the importance of integrated pest management programs. The programs have ideas on how to eliminate the rodents and to save the health of people. If you’re worried about rodents and mice infestation at your home, right now or any time get mice control in Saskatoon by ASA pest control is ready to help you. The management of ASA pest Control Company makes your residents free from rats and mice and by their experts and technicians.