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Damage and Dangerous Diseases of Rats


There are many bad things that can happen when too many rats enter your home. First, rats are capable of transmitting some serious diseases to humans, and second, there are some characteristics of rats that can cause major damage to your home and harm your family at any time.

Here are some dangerous diseases and damage rats can cause in your home:

Rats like to bite wires.


One of the traits of rats that can harm humans is their habit of biting or gnawing. As with other rodent types, rats have a set of serial teeth, and these teeth will continue to grow throughout their lives.

This is the reason why rats should continue to “hook” their serial teeth by biting or gnawing at objects to weaken the growth of rat serial teeth that grow too large and sharp.

Unfortunately, the nature of this one rat can be very dangerous when they start biting the electrical wires in your house. If rats started biting and had cords open, it would not be possible for them to cause an electrical short circuit, leading to a fire.

Rats cause damage to the furniture and structural elements of the house.

Rats are pests that can present a real disruption to you. It only takes one rat to cause costly structural damage. Rats are rodents that are capable of biting or gnawing at virtually any material they find for the basic ingredients in building their nests.

Rat teeth are very strong. They can cut steel, aluminium, concrete, wood, and plastic, from water pipes to plastic buckets to wooden building structures in your home.

Rats contaminate food and beverages.

Rat's eating habit

When rats get into a place where you usually store food, it is not impossible for them to contaminate the food and beverages you usually consume through their hair, stools, and urine. Bacterial infections such as Salmonella poisoning can be transmitted through food and beverages contaminated with rat stools or urine.

Rats spread dangerous diseases to humans.

It is no secret that rats are animals that carry dangerous diseases for humans that spread through their urine and stools. The most well-known diseases are transmitted by rats, such as Leptospirosis, rats bite fever (rat-bite fever), and Weil’s disease.

  • Leptospirosis is caused by the Leptospira bacteria, which are spread by contact with water or food contamination from rats urine.
  • Rat bite fever, also known as Streptobacillosis, is commonly caused by bites or patches from infected rats. In addition, rat bite fever can also be caused by an infected animal by ingesting food or drink contaminated with rat dirt or urine.
  • Weil's disease is transmitted to humans through contact with rats urine. In most cases, Weil’s disease usually occurs in fresh water or contaminated clean water.

Rats carry ticks and pinjals.

One of the reasons your pet has tick or pinjal problems is because wild rats enter the home area. This is because rats are one of the ‘transports’ that tick and pinjal like to get into your property.

Also read: Where do cat ticks come from?

Not only are ticks and pinjal attracted to hosts in dogs and cats, but they also love to live and consume blood from other mammals such as rats, especially rat types such as roof rats or Norwegian rats.

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