Types of Diseases that Rodents Carry – How to Avoid them?

Here’s how to keep your home free of pests for good!

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Rodents are mammals, and they are considered pests because of their behavior. Some of the commonly found rodents are rats, mice, squirrels, and bats. These rodents are attracted by food products, water resources, moisture, and dark places. These rodents are a huge disturbance to healthy living, and even they can damage the properties available in your place. Rodents like rats can chew the metal wire, which can cause a short circuit and the squirrels will steal your food products. The wastes and droppings of the rodents can cause several health and skin diseases. It is important to eliminate them at an early stage. In this article, we will discuss the types of diseases caused by rodents and how to avoid them.

Types of Diseases that Rodents Carry

Usually, the presence of pests can bring many health issues and allergic issues. These allergens will lead to breathing problems, and here are some of the dangerous diseases caused by rodents,

  1. Hantavirus
  2. Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis
  3. Bubonic Plague
  4. Tularemia
  5. Salmonellosis


Hantavirus is a disease that is scientifically known as Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS). A person who is in direct contact with the rodent’s droppings and wastes like urine or who has a rodent bite will be affected by this hantavirus. This virus will take 1 to 5 weeks to develop, and it can cause fever, muscle pain, fatigue, headaches, dizziness, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.

Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis

Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis (LCM) is also a viral infection that can spread when you have direct contact with eh rodent’s droppings or if you get a bite. The major cause of this disease is house mouses, and this virus will damage the health in two stages. First, you will have slight symptoms like fever, vomiting, fatigue, and the second stage will damage the nervous system.

Bubonic Plague

Bubonic Plague is the most commonly known disease caused by rodents and it is also called as Black Death. This disease will be transferred from the infected insects or the rodents. This disease will affect after the 6 days of exposure and it can cause fever, fatigue, headache, and swelling the place of infection. It is too dangerous that it will lead to death if untreated. 


Tularemia is a disease caused by rodents like hares and rats and even by fly bites. This disease has symptoms like skin ulcers and swelling in the affected place. This can be cured but life-threatening if untreated. 


Salmonellosis is a common disease that can be caused by contaminated food or infected rodents. This will cause food poisoning, diarrhea, fever, and abdominal pain, this can also be cured by antibiotics.

How to Avoid the Diseases caused by Rodents? 

Rodents are the species that cannot be eliminated completely from your place without the help of professionals. If you want to protect your and your family members health from the dangers, you can do your home methods to control them, but the rodents will appear after some days. Home methods cannot withstand long days, if you need to avoid the rodents for a long time, hire a professional pest control service. The professionals like Pest Control London team will have the knowledge of eliminating the rodents and save your life from the diseases caused by the rodents.