Rats Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Last Updated: May 1, 2019

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Introduction

 

Where do rats nest?

Different species of rats prefer different nesting locations. Roof Rats typically prefer to nest in higher locations, such as ceilings and attics while Norway Rats prefer to nest in lower locations that can include ground burrows and wall voids. If you spot a rodent hole, make sure to follow the key steps in sealing it correctly. 

 

What diseases do rats carry that could affect humans?

According to the US Center for Disease Control, rodents can directly transmit the following diseases to humans:

    • Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome
    • Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome
    • Lassa Fever
    • Leptospirosis
    • Lymphocytic Chorio-menengitis (LCM)
    • Omsk Hemorrhagic Fever
    • Plague
    • Rat-bite Fever
    • Salmonellosis
    • South American Arenaviruses
    • Tularemia

 

Can I get sick from cleaning up rat droppings?

Yes. It is very important to clean up any rat droppings properly. Disturbing dried rat feces can cause pathogens to aerosolize and enter the body via airways.

 

What are the dangers of a rat?

Amongst the many health concerns listed above you should also be aware of potential health risks related to ticks, mites, or fleas that may be carried by rodents. Rats can also cause significant physical destruction to both property and food. Rodents such as mice, rats and squirrels have been known to chew on electric wires, which can lead to fires.

 

What happens if I get bitten by a rat?

Rats have large teeth and when threatened can bite. If you are bitten by a rat you should consult with a medical professional right away as well as cleaning and disinfecting the bite area. Rat saliva can carry pathogens that can cause diseases such as leptospirosis.

 

For professional rat control in your home or business, contact Orkin Canada today.

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