Are rats dangerous to cats, dogs, or other pets?
Yes, rats are very dangerous to cats, dogs and other pets, and other animals too. Oh,
and in case that wasn’t enough, they can also be very dangerous to humans - both adults
and youngsters alike. Why? Well, because these are wild animals, that’s why. And also
because you never quite know what might happen next.
There are a number of ways in which rats can be dangerous, not only to pets and other animals, but also
to humans too, and one of the biggest concerns that you will need to face when you have a rat infestation,
is that of disease. There are a string of diseases commonly associated with rats, and they include:
• Leptospirosis (also known as Weil’s Disease in its most severe state)
• Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome
• Rat-Bite Fever
• Cutaneous Leishmaniasis
• Colorado Tick Fever
• Murine Typhus
These diseases can be passed on in a number of ways too:
• Via direct contact with the rodent, dead or alive
• Via a bite or scratch inflicted by the rodent
• Via contaminated water, soil and food sources
• Via rodent urine and fees
• Via contaminated non-biological matter, such as attic insulation
The methods of transmission are extensive, almost as extensive as the list of diseases that rats can pass on.
That's why you will want to proceed with extreme caution if you have rats in your home, both dead or alive, and also why
you will want to be very careful when handling anything that rat has come in contact with, urine and nest
When disposing of rat bodies, and the material that rats have come into contact with, you are going to want to protect yourself
as much as possible. You may laugh when we tell you to wear a breathing mask and thick, rubber gloves, but you will need both of
those things, as well as the strongest biological cleaner you can get your hands on. You will need plenty of disinfectant, and you
must be careful not to sweep or muss up piles of contaminated matter. Some of the diseases spores can be airborne, putting you and
your entire family at risk.
The smell will be bad, particularly if you are cleaning up feces and droppings and / or rat carcasses, so you will want to take into
careful consideration how strong your stomach is. If it's not strong enough for the job, you may want to call in the professionals.
When you have cleared up all rat and associated matter, you must dispose of it correctly. You cannot just throw this in the trash, because
there will still be pheromones and disease threats found in the both biological and non-biological matter.
Rats can be incredibly dangerous, not only to you and your household, but also to the local wildlife around you, and even other homes and their
inhabitants in your local area too. Be smart about your rat removal choices, and make sure you are doing it the right way. To avoid any doubt,
the ‘right way’ is protecting everyone - yourself included - as much as you can.
For more rat information, visit our rat removal tips page, or for more specific how-to instructions, read the how to get rid of rats page with 6 step-by-step instructions.
If you have a problem with rats above your ceiling in your house, read my rats in the attic guide. The most important part of rat control is sealing shut entry holes into the building, but after
you've done that, you'll want to know how to kill rats humanely to complete the rat control job. If you need to hire professional help in your city, click on my directory of over
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