The Hidden Health Dangers of a Mouse or Rat Infestation

Atlanta Pest Control Rat In House | Stinger Pest SolutionsChew marks on food boxes, droppings in the corner, and the sound of scurrying in the walls or ceiling: all of these are indicators that rats or mice may have invaded your home. It’s important to call an Atlanta pest control company at the first sign of rodents before they wreak havoc on your home and health. In addition to being inconvenient, destructive, and annoying, a mouse or rat infestation carries a wide range of diseases, parasites, and other issues that can be detrimental to your family’s health.

Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis

You can contract Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis, or LCM, by coming in direct contact with rodent urine or droppings or simply by breathing in dust that’s contaminated with rodent waste. The symptoms of this viral infection are generic enough — nausea, lack of appetite, headache, and fever. The problem is that if LCM goes untreated, it can lead to neurological issues. If contracted while pregnant, LCM can cause severe fetal complications, including miscarriage and birth defects.


Tularemia spreads when people consume contaminated food, are bitten by an infected tick that rode in on a rat or mouse, or handle infected rodent carcasses. Its signs and symptoms depend on how the infection enters your body, but include skin ulcers, sore throats, swollen glands, high fevers, and chest pain. This infection can be life-threatening if not promptly treated with antibiotics.


Children under the age of 5 are at the highest risk for contracting Salmonella, which spreads when infected rats and mice contaminate food or water with the bacteria. Infection symptoms include stomach cramping, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever. Once one person in the home is infected, it can easily spread to everyone else in the family.

House Fires

While this isn’t a disease, the risk of fire isn’t one to take lightly. Mice and rats will chew through anything, including electrical wires. When rodents chew through the protective coating of wire insulation, it exposes the hot metal components. Fires occur when the wires short circuit and spark, or simply because the hot metal came in contact with insulation, debris, or even a wooden support beam. Moisture coming in contact with exposed wires can also start a fire that is devastating and dangerous for your family.


Don’t let a rat or mouse infestation threaten your family’s health and safety. At STINGER Pest Solutions, we understand what makes a great pest control company. That’s how we’ve earned our numerous accolades, including the QualityPro the mark of distinction from the Foundation for Professional Pest Management. Give us the chance to show you pest control done right with the customer in mind.

Contact STINGER Pest Solutions today at 770-645-7595 for more information on all of our pest control solutions for your home or business.