4 Diseases Passed by Rodents

While many people hold rats and mice as pets, these critters in the wild are very dangerous. If you ever suspect a mouse or rat infestation in your home or office you will want to contact an exterminator right away. Diseases passed by rodents can make humans extremely sick. The following are just a few of the different health problems that can be obtained through a rodent bite or eating rodent infested foods.


Rats who have made their way into your pantry may leave behind feces. Should you eat food with rat feces in it you may end up with Salmonellosis, also known as salmonella. This disease may cause fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and other issues, and could last between 4 and 7 days.

Rat-Bite Fever

If you are bit by a rat, and some mice, there is a strong chance of developing rat-bite fever. You can also get this disease by ingesting food or water contaminated by rat or mice feces. If not treated this illness could be deadly.

Lassa Fever

While generally occurring outside of the US, Lassa Fever is a viral infection caused by direct contact with rats and mice, eating contaminated food, bites, or breathing in dust contaminated with urine and feces. It can also spread person to person. Common symptoms include slight fever and headache but it could result in deafness and even death.


By breathing in air near urine or eating food contaminated with urine from infected rodents you could contract this bacterial disease. Without treatment this disease could lead to kidney damage, liver failure, respiratory distress or death.

Rats and mice may be cute (to some people) when caged up, but they can be extremely deadly if allowed to roam your home. If you need rodent control in Phoenix, Peoria, Glendale, Scottsdale or the surrounding area reach out to Arizona Organic Pest & Termite Control. We understand that rats and mice can be dangerous to your health, which is why we work quickly to rid them, and any other pests, from your home or office. Give us a call to schedule pest control in Phoenix, Arizona.