What Diseases do Mice and Rats carry?

Mice and rats are already a nuisance to have around in your house. But when you know that they can become carriers of more than 35 diseases (some of which are deadly), you simply can’t get over it. There are certain differences between mice and rats, but they are pretty much the same in diseases. Most people have heard about two or three common diseases that mice and rats carry. The first one is the plague, and the second one is Hantavirus. Most people came to know about Hantavirus because of the Corona Virus. Covid-19 has made everyone do a little bit of research about viruses. Hantavirus is one of the deadliest viruses out there. But there are more than two diseases that mice and rats carry.

Now there are two categories of diseases that mice and rats carry.

  1. Diseases that are directly contracted by the mice and rats
  2. Diseases that are indirectly transmitted by the mice and rats

Whether it’s a direct transmission or indirect, you will always want to avoid any such disease that comes from a mouse or a rat. The mere idea that you get sick after getting in touch with a mouse is sickening, let alone catch the disease.

1.  Directly Transmitted Diseases

You may be wondering how you can get a disease from a mouse or a rat when you never touch them. Sure, you will never hold a mouse in your hands, and why would you? But the thing is, their urine, feces, saliva, or anything that comes out of their bodies can cause a direct disease. And if that is not enough for you to be disgusted, guess what! Rats bite too. Mice and rats are consistent at two things, reproduction and excretion. They excrete all day long, and that is where you come across the disease-carrying germs. These diseases include:

  • Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome
  • Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome
  • Salmonellosis
  • Tularemia
  • Omsk Hemorrhagic Fever
  • Plague
  • Rat-Bite Fever
  • Lassa Fever
  • Leptospirosis
  • Lymphocytic Chorio-meningitis (LCM)

2.  Indirectly Transmitted Diseases

You will never know some diseases came from an infected mouse or a rat because they are transmitted through ticks, fleas, or mites. These bugs are so small that you cannot see them coming. And to know that they are bringing some disease from a rat is impossible. Then the best precaution is not to have any mice or rats around. People don’t have wild mice or rats as pets, but they still can have them around by ignoring their presence in their homes. Whenever you see more than one rat or mouse around your house, make sure that there is no potential infestation. For the best and professional pest inspection, you can always contact your local pest control experts.

Here is a list of some indirectly transmitted diseases by rodents.

  • Babesiosis
  • Colorado Tick Fever
  • Cutaneous Leishmaniasis
  • Human Granulocytic Anaplasmosis
  • La Crosse Encephalitis
  • Lyme Disease
  • Murine Typhus
  • Omsk Hemorrhagic Fever
  • Powassan Virus
  • Scrub Typhus
  • Rickettsialpox
  • Relapsing Fever
  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
  • Sylvatic Typhus
  • West Nile Virus

Final Thoughts

Some of the diseases in these lists don’t even look like legitimate words, but they are. And they are deadly diseases. To make sure you and your family never get any of these diseases, you must be careful with mice and rats’ presence. It is important to get your property checked for an infestation if you come across any of these rodents. For more details, contact the experts at Pesticon.

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