What are the Health Risks of Rats? [Lakewood Ranch, FL]

There are health risks that you should be aware of after any wild animal has been taken from your home.

Rats from traps we set.


Due to what the animals leave behind, such a urine, feces, ticks, fleas and parasites which wildlife leave on the premises that they inhabit (whether it is attic, garage, roof, walls etc.) The below info is to educate you about the possible health risks that can happen if you, your family or your pets are exposed to any of this infected matter.

Infected Rats in Lakewood Ranch and Beyond

Rats host numerous parasite species and can possibly transmit fatal diseases to humans.  A Johns Hopkins University research team found rodent allergen in 95 percent of the Baltimore homes they tested. Allowing rats to contaminate attic insulation and other building materials with waste products can lead to serious health conditions.

• Hantavirus

A potentially fatal pulmonary virus found in fecal matter that spreads after becoming airborn. It can also be contracted through contact with rodent urine, droppings and saliva. Common symptoms include fever, fatigue, chills, muscle aches, headaches, dizziness, and abdominal ailments.

• Rat Bite Fever

Caused by a rat bite. Common symptoms include swelling, fever, nausea, chills, sore throat, headaches, muscle aches, abdominal pain and vomiting.

• Food Poisoning

Frequently results in salmonella after food or water has been contaminated by rodent feces or urine.


• Asthma and asthma symptoms

Are often caused or complicated by rodent urine and urine protein contamination.

• Lyphocytic Choriomeningitis Virus

Is transmitted by contact with rodent feces. The disease can cause a variety of unwelcome symptoms, including a form of meningitis.

• Bubonic Plague

A virulent bacterial disease that is spread by the fleas that feed on rats and other rodents. Common symptoms include fever, chills, headaches, diarrhea and swelling.

• Rickettsial Pox

Spread through mites that are carried by rodents. The disease can cause lesions, fever, headaches and rashes.

• Rabies

A potentially deadly virus that infects the central nervous system. The disease is transmitted by rodents and other wild animals.

Need a rat trapper in Lakewood Ranch, FL or elsewhere in Manatee/Sarasota County?

Rats and other rodents can gain entry to homes and businesses by squeezing through hard to detect gaps and holes in rooflines, HVAC systems and foundations. Rats, mice and squirrels breed and contaminate food and building surfaces quickly.

Nuisance Wildlife Removal Inc. is fully licensed and insured. We are a locally and family-owned business that has been operating in Manatee and Sarasota county for 20 years. We are the REAL experts with the LONG-TERM experience that can save you from costly mistakes. Don’t trust your home or budget to a new guy on the block. Call today and speak with a trusted professional.

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Nuisance Wildlife Removal Inc
1329 10th Street East Palmetto, Florida 34221
(941) 729-2103

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