Count ‘Em – 15 Diseases Indirectly Carried by Rats

Rats Can Indirectly Carry 15 Different Kinds of Diseases
Rats Can Indirectly Carry 15 Different Kinds of Diseases

From parasites to bacteria to harmful viruses, rats carry a long list of diseases that can be transmitted to humans via their infected urine and feces. Although rats are the best-known offenders, other disease-carrying rodents include muskrats, marmots, groundhogs, mice, tree squirrels, chipmunks, porcupines, and voles.

Each of the categories below lists the infected host that is known to directly transmit the named disease to a rat. In turn, sick rats infect humans through contact with their urine and feces. NYC rat control is vital to keeping your loved ones healthy.

Fleas or Mites

Murine Typhus

Sylvatic Typhus


Scrub Typhus



La Crosse Encephalitis

West Nile Virus

Sand Fly

Cutaneous Leishmaniasis



Colorado Tick Fever

Human Granulocytic Anaplasmosis

Lyme Disease

Omsk Hemorrhagic Fever

Powassan Virus

Relapsing Fever

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

This list of fifteen diseases is something that you, as a property owner, do not want to expose yourself, your family, friends, tenants, or pets to a possible infection. To prevent an infestation of infected rats, it’s important to put a plan into place that includes sealing any entry points to your home, trapping renegade rats, eliminating nesting places, and removing all interior and exterior food sources.

With the additional help of a professional NYC rat control specialist, you can keep your property rat free. For help with a current rat control problem, contact us at Stern Environmental Group for assistance.


One thought on “Count ‘Em – 15 Diseases Indirectly Carried by Rats”

  1. I have reason to believe that there are mice or rats in my home. I didn’t know that they could carry so many diseases! I’ll make sure that I get them exterminated as soon as I can!

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