Do We Really Get Sick from Rat Feces Laying Around?

Do We Really Get Sick from Rat Feces Laying Around?

Rats are disastrous pests that leave a mess behind them, wherever they go. You may have heard that they carry diseases, but are their feces harmful? Rats spread many diseases through their feces and urine, so it’s important that you do not leave them lying around. Feces should be cleaned as soon as possible, and in the right manner. If you need help handling a rat infestation or cleaning up after them, give Rat Control Cambridge a call.

There are two common species of rat in Ontario: the brown rat and the roof rat. Brown rats have shaggy brown coats and measure up to 40cm in length. Roof rats, on the other hand, are smaller, smoother, and darker than brown rats. While brown rats prefer to burrow underground, roof rats are excellent climbers that prefer to nest above ground. Both species are omnivores, but roof rats eat more like squirrels. These are social animals that live in groups and reproduce very quickly. Rats reach sexual maturity at only two or three months of age and can produce as many as seven litters per year. 

Rats carry several diseases, some of which are spread through their feces and urine. The pathogens these contain can contaminate the air and be inhaled or be ingested if they are near food. Salmonellosis, Rat Bite Fever, and Leptospirosis are among the diseases that are spread in this way. Rat droppings are also dangerous because they are a breeding ground for other bacteria to grow. They may even contain harmful parasites that could spread other diseases themselves. Mites, for instance, carry typhus, and fleas carry the plague. One should never take the risk associated with leaving feces around in the home. 

To clean up after rats, spray a household disinfectant or bleach solution onto any droppings you find and all nearby surfaces. To make a bleach solution, mix one part bleach with ten parts water. Let the disinfectant sit for ten minutes, then, put on a pair of disposable gloves and pick up the feces with a paper towel. Throw the feces out immediately and wipe the surfaces clean. Mop the floor with disinfectant. If any fabrics are contaminated, wash them at the highest allowable temperature. When you’re done cleaning, throw out your gloves and take the garbage out right away.

The bottom line is that rat feces are always dangerous. If you suspect a rat infestation in your home, you should consider getting the help of a rat control technician. He or she will be able to identify where the rats are coming from and come up with a plan to get rid of the pests as quickly as possible. The professionals at Rat Control Cambridge are experienced in rat control and use the best tools in the industry. We also offer cleaning and disinfection services to keep you and your family safe. Call Exterminator Cambridge today and ask us about our warranties.