Some Information about Rat Infestation
Few of us are aware that rats can be made as pets, and they are rather cute since they can be friendly when tame plus they are intelligent creatures. Compared to gerbils and hamsters, they are less likely to bite, and so if your child is searching for a new pet, your good choice could be a domestic rat. Wild rats though are never good once they infest your home aside from not being cute. Therefore, you should be concern once they start to infest your garage, attic or basement.
There are many kinds of sub-species of rats, but the more common ones are the black and brown rats. The rats that came from Asia were small, however, their relatives are much larger and these are what you see in your own cities and towns.
Rats migrated around the globe just like humans, and they follow soldiers and traders along Asia’s and Europe’s trade routes. Imagine them hitching rides on ships sailing between continents and after some time, rats are seen everywhere.
Just like many pests, rats are nature’s scavengers, and so the more food is available in a place, the more you will see them around. Rats are not choosy with their food, and they will be having a party just looting your trash or raid your vegetable patch, although they will be happy with diet of meat and vegetables. Small animals can also be attacked by rats if they cannot find any other food.
Rats are written and spoken about for several centuries and the main topic of concern is that they spread disease. A disease in the past called the black death or the bubonic plague, was transmitted by rats which were infested with fleas, and because of this 25 million people perished in the Middle Ages.
Nowadays, an outbreak of the disease can be prevented since we have now a better understanding of the disease and how to prevent it. But, with rats still around, the spreading of disease is still possible, and thus we need to deal the situation as quickly as possible to prevent infestation.
One disease that you should be concern of with rats living and breeding in your vicinity is called leptospirosis, the most common rat-borne disease.
Salmonella is another disease that you can obtain if you consume water or food that are contaminated by rats. If people are exposed to rat droppings or rat urine, they can be contaminated with the disease called hantavirus, and also this disease can be transmitted through rat bite. Humans can also be infested with e-coli, another very common infestation on rats, and contaminated food and water is a source.
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