It’s no wonder why the common rat has such a bad reputation. They were carriers of fleas that caused the black plague that killed millions in Europe in the fourteenth century. They also cause millions in damages each year by contaminating food supplies, damaging property, and spreading illnesses. The latter is one of the most important reasons why a professional rat management service is so important. Our company offers a guaranteed solution to eliminating rat infestations.
What Are Rats?
Rats are small rodents which can be found throughout the world. They breed extremely quickly, are intelligent in both foraging and survival, and love to live in homes like yours. Many rats prefer living in urban areas because of the abundance of food found in garbage and improperly stored foods. Additionally, natural predators such as snakes, hawks, and other carnivores are uncommonly found in cities. Lastly, homes offer shelter from the elements such as bad weather and winter, warmth and protection from the rain, and a safe place to nest and rear offspring.
What Diseases Do Rats Carry?
Although rats no longer spread the plague in modern days, they are still carriers of a number of serious infections that are harmful to human health. Rat scratches and bites can lead to infections that require medical care. They can even cause rat-bite fever, which manifests as a fever and rash in many suffers. Rats are exposed to a number of bacteria and viruses found in the areas they frequent.
Rat urine and feces are also transmitters of diseases. One serious disease that can be contracted by both contaminants is leptospirosis. Humans, commonly by cleaning after rat wastes, can become infected through inhalation or handling. This condition can cause liver, renal, kidney, and even cardiovascular damage.
Another viral infectious disease transmitted by rats is Lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCMV). This is spread through the saliva and urine of rats. In some individuals, it may only cause minor discomfort. In others, it may even result in long-term lymphocytic choriomeningitis, which result in flu-like symptoms of general illness, joint aches, fever, and others. It is a particular risk to people with weakened immune system, pregnant women, young children, and the elderly.
Rats can also carry hantaviruses, which can result in potentially life-threatening conditions such as hantavirus hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS) and the hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS). This is mainly contracted by inhaling rodent waste products.
Additionally, rats can aggravate allergies. Rodents release allergens into the air through their dander, shed hair, and droppings. This can result in respiratory irritation, watery eyes, and runny noses for allergy-sensitive individuals.
How Can Professional Pest Management Services Help?
Properly eliminating rats and cleaning after their nests and waste products require proper training and protective clothing. It is strongly recommended that individuals with weakened immune systems and pregnant women to avoid contact with rat urine and feces. Our technicians offer professional pest management solutions to rat infestations. We offer immediate bookings of service and a general quote over the phone. Call now! Toronto, ON Rat Control call (647) 557-7978.