Rats: Diseases and Damages

A plague of rats near a house, apartment or garden immediately causes fear of disease. And rightly so: rats can transmit diseases and, in addition to their property as a health pest, are also classified as material and storage pests. We explain the dangers of a rat plague here.

Diseases caused by rats

Rats can transmit serious diseases. Pathogens are usually transmitted in two ways: On the one hand, through excretions such as faeces, urine and saliva. On the other hand, the bacteria and viruses contained therein are absorbed by humans when they contact the skin, mucous membranes, or respiratory tract, leading to disease.

In addition, rats also function as so-called vectors in that they transmit pathogens but do not become sick themselves. In addition, when rats are plagued, parasites such as ticks or fleas can spread to humans and can also transmit diseases in the process.

Material damage from rats

There are hardly any materials that can withstand rodent teeth in the long term. A plague of rats, therefore, always means immediate danger to electrical systems.

  • Damage to cables and electrical systems (including short-circuit and fire hazards)
  • Gnawing damage to furniture, files, etc.
  • Sagging of paved and concrete surfaces as a result of the uncontrolled burrowing activity of rats

Damage to inventories

In Asia alone, rodents destroy so many tons of rice every year that they could feed 200 million people for a whole year. Rodents, and therefore rats, in particular, eliminate the most significant proportion, with the constant excretion of faeces and urine causing the loss of food.

  • Contamination and pollution of goods, products and food
  • Severe damage from crop failures

Psychological consequences

Rats create fear and discomfort in humans since rats are experienced as disgusting and represent a psychological impairment. Therefore, if you discover a rat plague in the vicinity of your house or apartment, do not lose any time and call us on +330 723-2515.

Even once you’ve identified what might be thought to be rat faeces, don’t hesitate. Especially in closed rooms, dried microparticles of rat excrement can contaminate the room air and be inhaled! Therefore, immediate professional disinfection measures should be taken here.