Talking about Pest Control Techniques
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Talking about Pest Control Techniques

Welcome to my site about pest control. I'm Miranda Maloney. Although many people fuss loudly about the presence of spiders in the home, these creatures often clear out the bugs that cause far worse problems. Spiders consume beetles, cockroaches, moths and other pests that wreak havoc throughout the house. Thankfully, however, you can hire a pest control professional to eliminate bugs in your home if you do not want to co-habitate with spiders. In fact, pest control professionals can eliminate the spiders as well. I will share information about pest control tactics, both natural and commercial, on this site. Please follow along to learn more.

Talking about Pest Control Techniques

More Than A Rat Problem: A Look At Diseases Carried By Rodents

Riley Baker

A rat in the house is a big deal. These large rodents can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage in a short time frame, can carry off your belongings to make a nest, and can even be a threat to your health. If you have a rat infestation, you are facing a homeowner crisis, especially since rodents are known to be hosts to all kinds of illnesses and diseases that can be spread through contact with either the rodent itself or its excrement and urine. Here is a look at some of the most common diseases carried by rodents that you should know about if you share your home with rats:


Perhaps the most well-known disease carried by rats is the plague, which is a disease in itself that is scary enough to trigger most homeowners to contact pest control immediately if they have a rat problem in their home. Rats carry small parasitic insects called fleas. Fleas can be the carriers of the plague that the rat has and can bite humans and transmit the disease. Therefore, you don't even have to be in direct contact with the rat to catch the plague from the animal. Even though the plague is often considered an outdated concern, there have been cases in 2017 of the plague.

Rat-Bite Fever

Rat-bite fever is transmitted in a few different ways in spite of the fact that the name implies it is only transmitted through a bite. You can contract rat-bite fever via a bite, but also by handling the dead rodents and coming in contact with a rat's feces in food or water. This illness is caused by bacteria that is naturally present in a rodent's body. Also known as Haverhill fever, this disease can cause severe symptoms and even death if it is not properly treated. 


Leptospirosis is contracted when you come in contact with the urine of an infected rodent. The contraction of the disease can occur if you accidentally ingest rat urine or if you respirate urine particles containing the leptospirosis bacteria int your nose or mouth. In homes where the rat population is out of control, urine can contaminate everything from the air you breathe to the clothing you wear on your body. Therefore, contraction of the disease is much easier than most homeowners actually realize. Leptospirosis can contribute to kidney disease and failure and even be relative to meningitis. 

Contact a company like Environmental  Pest Control for more information and assistance.