Health Risks of Rodent Infestations in Your Home

Rodents are cunning animals that can almost always figure out a way to get into your home. They usually enter your house through a crevice or a small hole in the wall. Rats, mice, and other rodents carry a number of dangerous diseases. Reaching out to a skilled New Jersey rodent removal company can answer any questions you might have regarding these animals and how to successfully remove them from your home.

How Diseases Spread

Rodents can transmit diseases in several ways. If they bite you, then you have a large chance of becoming infected. Moreover, inhaling dried rodent feces can cause serious illnesses to develop. Diseases can be transmitted by rodent droppings, saliva, and even urine.

Salmonella Infection

This disease is commonly spread by rats and mice. When a rodent eats some of your food, its saliva will contaminate it. If you eat the food that has been contaminated, you are in danger of becoming infected with salmonella. Salmonella is a fairly common disease. It has several symptoms including painful stomach cramps, diarrhea, and fever. These symptoms may persist for up to a week. People who have impaired immune systems have a greater chance of becoming infected. If you have a rodent infestation, it is important that you are very careful what you eat in your home.


This disease is very common and carried by a wide variety of animals. Rodents generally transmit this disease through their saliva or urine. This is a dangerous disease that can damage the major organs of your body. The kidneys and liver can be damaged by this disease, especially if it goes untreated. The symptoms of Leptospirosis are jaundice, fever, headaches, and abdominal pain. If you don’t treat this disease, you could develop liver failure or even meningitis.

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome

Another dangerous disease transmitted by rodents is Hantavirus. This disease can be spread by inhaling the feces or urine of an infected rodent. Also, a rat bite or contact with a rodent’s bodily fluids can cause you to become infected.

Hantavirus has two stages. The first stage causes people to exhibit the following symptoms: fever, headaches, chills, vomiting, and muscle aches. You may believe you have the flu or another similar virus.

However, after several days have passed, the second stage occurs. The symptoms of this stage are a bad cough, trouble breathing, low blood pressure, and fluid buildup in the lungs. This is very dangerous, and treatment needs to be administered immediately, preferably before stage two of this disease.

The Black Plague

This is a frightening disease that is also called the bubonic plague. This disease wiped out a large amount of people during the Middle Ages. Contrary to popular belief, the bubonic plague has not been eliminated. Rodent fleas carry this disease, and it can spread to people when a flea bites them. Symptoms of infection include large, swollen lymph nodes and a high fever.

Contact Precise Termite & Pest Control

Rodents are dangerous animals that carry numerous diseases. To prevent the spread of these diseases, you should contact a rodent exterminator. For over 25 years, Precise Termite & Pest Control has been keeping New Jersey pest free and has acquired a vast knowledge of how to successfully remove these pests that make residence in your home. Call Precise Pest Control for your NJ rodent extermination services at (866) 971-2847 to schedule a free home inspection. We service Bergen, Passaic, and other counties throughout the New Jersey area.