4 Types of Rodents that Spread Diseases

House Mouse | STINGER Pest SolutionsRodents are cute in cartoons and in the wild. When they start living indoors with you, things start going downhill fast. If a rodent invasion occurs on your property or in your house, that’s when it’s time to call rodent control in Atlanta. The reason you need to call is that rodents, including those that live in the Atlanta-area, carry disease that can transfer humans.


Mice can get into your home through cracks that are just a quarter of an inch thick. They bring with them a host of diseases, including parasitic tape worms and Murine Typhus. Murine Typhus is transmitted by mice through flea bites but is treatable with antibiotics. Handling food or water that has been contaminated by mice feces exposes humans to salmonella, which causes painful digestive symptoms. You can contract Hantavirus by breathing in dust contaminated with mice feces, causing flu-like aches and pains. Mice multiply rapidly, so it is important to get rid of them at the first sign of their presence.


The larger, uglier cousin to the mouse, rats are no stranger to disease transmission. While most infamous for the spread of the Bubonic plague, rats can also be infected by septicemic and pneumonic plagues — the latter of which can be spread from person to person. Rat bite fever, as its name suggests, is contracted through bites and scratches from infected animals. Rats also mark their territory with urine, often on your dishes and kitchen counters. All the more reason to get rid them.


Squirrels carry their share of diseases. Lyme disease is transmitted from squirrels to human households through ticks and fleas. Rabies is also transmitted through bites and scratches that pets, such as dogs and cats, get from chasing them. Salmonellosis is also transmitted from their droppings.


A beaver is a rodent and a large one at that. Now you might think that Atlanta wouldn’t have many beavers. There are more than you think. They set up home in small ponds and streams around the Atlanta area. You may have heard of beaver fever. This is transmitted by giardia from beaver feces in water. Though the Giardia in beavers isn’t always the kind transmittable to humans, it is something to be aware of.

Get Rid of Rodents

Rodents won’t go away on their own, and the diseases that they bring with them are serious. If rodents are overrunning your house or property, it’s time to call in the experts. STINGER Pest Solutions rids your house of rodents through a complete process that involves site evaluation and exclusion of the rodent. We repair holes where rodents have gotten in, trap them, and then remove deceased rodents. Get the experts in pest control to rid your property of disease-carrying rodents.

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