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What Are the Dangers of Rat Infestation

Few of us are aware that rats can be made as pets, and they are rather cute since they can be friendly when tame plus they are intelligent creatures. Because domestic rats are less likely to bite than gerbils and hamsters, if your child is looking for a new pet, a domestic rat could be the family's good choice. However, if you have wild rats in your home, their infestation is not a good thing especially they are not cute. Therefore, you should be concern once they start to infest your garage, attic or basement.

There are two main types of rats and these are the black and brown rats, although they come in different sub-species. The rats that came from Asia were small, however, their relatives are much larger and these are what you see in your own cities and towns.

Rats migrated around the globe just like humans, and they follow soldiers and traders along Asia's and Europe's trade routes. Imagine them hitching rides on ships sailing between continents and after some time, rats are seen everywhere.

Just like many pests, rats are nature's scavengers, and so the more food is available in a place, the more you will see them around. Rats are not choosy with their food, and they will be having a party just looting your trash or raid your vegetable patch, although they will be happy with diet of meat and vegetables. Note that rats will also attack small animals if they cannot find any other food around.

Rats are written and spoken about for several centuries and the main topic of concern is that they spread disease. A disease in the past called the black death or the bubonic plague, was transmitted by rats which were infested with fleas, and because of this 25 million people perished in the Middle Ages.

Nowadays, an outbreak of the disease can be prevented since we have now a better understanding of the disease and how to prevent it. But, with rats still around, the spreading of disease is still possible, and thus we need to deal the situation as quickly as possible to prevent infestation.

The most common rat-borne disease today is called leptospirosis, and you should be concern of this disease if rats can be seen living and breeding in your homes.
If you consume food or water which are contaminated by rats, you could get the disease called salmonella. Another serious disease is called hantavirus which people can get by being exposed to rat droppings or rat urine, and also, it can be transmitted by a rat bite. Humans can also be infested with e-coli, another very common infestation on rats, and contaminated food and water is a source.