Health Risks Posed by Rodents: Why You Should Get Professional Help

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While television and fairy tales often glamorize furry critters like rats and mice, in the real world, most people would certainly not want to befriend a rodent or invite one to live in their home. Maybe you recall the little mouse in the movie Stuart Little; he was both adorable and charming. Or perhaps the mice in Disney’s Cinderella or the rat in the movie Ratatouille come to mind. Although these mice were portrayed as magical and with heroism, rodents are best kept at a distance and with good cause. Humans do not gain any benefits from having these disgusting pests around.

While we don’t knowingly come into contact with rodents on a daily basis, if you become aware or suspect a rodent infestation, it is imperative that the problem be treated as soon as possible. You must face a rodent problem head on as they can cause extensive damage both indoors and outside. Along with safety concerns, rodents are extremely annoying for you and your loved ones. They can do extensive damage, leaving repulsive odors and contaminants throughout their environment as they stir about your home. Delaying treatment increases the likelihood of you or a family member suffering an accident or developing a health problem related to an infestation.

Health Risk

Rodents can spread over 35 diseases, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Regardless if they are transmitted directly or indirectly, many of these diseases can pose serious health risk to humans. Let’s take a look at various diseases transmitted by rodents in the United States and how they are transmitted.

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome

Fatal at times, this disease is shed in the rodent’s feces, urine, and saliva. It then becomes airborne and is spread by breathing in the contaminated air.


The disease is spread when humans ingest food or water that has been contaminated with the urine of an infected animal. The disease can be spread through human skin and mucous membranes, as well.

Lymphocytic Chorio-meningitis

Spread by dust contaminated with rodent urine or droppings being inhaled, or coming in direct contact with the urine or droppings. Although rare, the disease can be spread through bite wounds.


While the plague is more common in parts of Africa and Asia, it does still occur in the Western United States. The disease is often spread through fleas from rats to humans or through a direct bite from an infected rodent. The disease can be fatal if left untreated.

Rat-Bite Fever

Spread when humans eat or drink food or water contaminated by rat feces. Rat-Bite Fever can also be transmitted by a bite or scratch from an infected rodent or through contact with a dead rodent.


Transmitted when food or water is contaminated by rat feces and then ingested.

Murine Typhus

Spread by humans coming into contact with infected fleas. Rats are the main animal host for infected fleas in the United States.

As explained, these rodents are capable of transmitting diseases, and medical attention should always be sought immediately if you suspect a disease or a rodent bites you. Additionally, you should consider reaching out to a professional for rodent extermination and removal services if you suspect an infestation. Knowing what to look for can help you respond and get the matter under control in a timely manner, decreasing any health risks to you and your family. Here are a few signs that may indicate you have a rodent problem in your home.

  1. Seeing droppings in cupboards, drawers, sinks, and other food areas.
  2. Evidence of shredded paper and fabric.
  3. Marks around the eaves of your home or you hear scratching noises.

When you reach out to a professional at Buzz Tech, you are guaranteed a fast response. We are a family-owned and operated company that prides itself on customer satisfaction. Our highly-trained technicians are Arizona’s most trusted rodent removal and control experts. With over 20 years of experience, you can rest assured we have seen every rodent situation there is. We offer services in the areas of rodent trapping, removal, sealing, rodent exclusion, clean up and sanitizing. We extend these rodent extermination services to both residential homes and commercial properties.

Our team of experts at Buzz Tech is not only ready to inform and educate you on the ever-growing rodent problem in Arizona, but we are ready to assess your home and provide you with a solution. We can help you develop a long-term strategy as well as identify risks and possible solutions to controlling these annoying creatures. We are committed to treating each customer like our only customer. Contact us today and get help today!

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