The Health Dangers of a Household Rodent Problem

Household rodents can do much more than cause a nuisance in your home. Certain rodents create health hazards that could affect you and your family. Keep reading to learn more about the potential health dangers of a rodent problem in your home:

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS)

Mice can easily spread HPS to humans. Although it is usually spread by a direct bite, you can also be exposed to it by touching an item that a mouse has contaminated with feces or urine. This infection has caused more than 500 deaths since 1993 and is more dangerous for children than it is for adults. Even if you never see an actual mouse, you could still be at risk for contracting HPS.

Rat Bite Fever

Rat bite fever causes health issues like chills, fever, vomiting, headache, and joint pain. It might also lead to a rash on the hands and feet. Without the proper treatment, this disease could cause permanent damage. You can contract this disease through skin contact or a bite or scratch from a rat. The symptoms might not manifest for up to 3 months after the initial contact. If you think you have a rat problem, it is very important to call a Pest Management company to take care of it before you get sick.


A lot of animals carry these bacteria and might transfer it to humans. If you have broken skin or touch the saliva of an infected animal, you could be exposed to it. Leptospirosis can lead to a wide range of serious health issues including jaundice, vomiting, muscle pain, fever, and severe abdominal pain. Without treatment, leptospirosis can lead to liver failure, respiratory issues, kidney damage, meningitis, and death.

DSR Pest Management, Inc. is here to help you with all of your Tucson Pest Management needs. Whether you have a rodent issue or termites, our experienced crew will come to your home to get rid of these pests before they can cause more damage. To learn more, visit us online or call (520) 790-7759.

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