Three Diseases that Rodents Carry

The Plague
The Plague

If you have ever dealt with a rat problem, you know how important it is to take care of it as quickly as possible. Rats carry diseases, and they can make you sick very fast. Today we’d like to discuss a few of these diseases so you know the symptoms you should be watching for.

Bubonic Plague

While it might not be widespread, there are parts of the United States who still encounter cases of the bubonic plague. An infected person will exhibit flu-like symptoms and it can be fatal within a few days of exposure. Fortunately, it can be treated with antibiotics.


Humans often contract salmonella from rats through food that has droppings. You may experience severe stomach problems, including vomiting and intense pain. If left untreated, it can be fatal.


Tapeworms are parasites that are carried by rats, and humans can come into contact with them when they ingest rat droppings unknowingly, or when they simply touch droppings and then don’t wash their hands. Tapeworms can grow in your stomach, and they feed on the food you eat, resulting in an extreme amount of weight loss very quickly.

If you think you might have a rat control problem, it’s best to contact a pest control expert right away. For more information, or to schedule an inspection, please contact us today.