There are many worst things that might occur when wild rats entering your house. Rats are well-known as a filthy pest that can transmit several diseases to humans; as well as may cause considerable damage to your house that can put your family in danger at any time.
Here are the few common rat diseases and damage that can be harm you and your family.
Rats chewing electrical wires
Rats love to chew! Like the other rodents, rats have a set of the incisor that continues to grow throughout their life. This is the reason why rats must always constantly chew or gnaw on things to wear down their incisors and stop them from overgrown.
Unfortunately, this rat’s natural behaviors can be very dangerous when they start chewing on electrical wiring. It’s not impossible if rats may cause short-circuit electrical when the cable exposed, which can lead to a fire.
Rats cause structural damage to houses
Rats infestation on your property can be a real nuisance. Just one rat can cause costly structural damage to your house. Rats teeth are very strong and able to cut materials like steel, concrete, aluminium, woods to plastic materials in your home like the water pipe to the plastic bucket so they can use to build their nest in your home.
Rats contaminate foods and drinks
When rats get into your food supply, rats might contaminate your foods with their hair, feces and urine. Eating contaminated food with rat feces or urine, will led a bacterial infection such as salmonella poisoning.
Rats carry dangerous disease to humans
It’s no secret if rats carry dangerous disease that could affect humans through its urine and faeces. The most famous disease transmitted by rats, including leptospirosis, rat-bite fever and Weil’s disease:
- Leptospirosis is caused by Leptospira bacteria that spread through contact with water or food contamination by urine from rats.
- Rat-bite fever or also known as Streptobacillosis is usually caused by a bite or scratch from an infected rat and/or caught by handling infected animals and ingesting food or drink contaminated with rat’s faeces or urine.
- Weil’s disease transmitted to humans through contact with rat urine. In most cases, Weil’s disease commonly occurring through contaminated fresh water.
Rats carry fleas and ticks
Fleas are attracted to host on the most common pets like dogs and cats, this one of the reasons why your pet can have fleas too when rat infestation is occur.
Also read: Where do cat fleas come from?
However, but it is not impossible for them to live and feed on other mammals like rats, especially on rats species such as Norway rats and roof rats.
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