The Health Risks of Rodent Infestation

Finding mice or rats in your home or business will often warrant an immediate call to a pest control professional. While pet rodents may seem cute and cuddly, a feral rodent infestation can expose you and others to a wide variety of health risks that can be transmitted both directly and indirectly. Here are some of the most concerning diseases that are carried by rodents.

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome

Rodent infestation carries the risk of exposure to Hantavirus, a respiratory disease that can sometimes be fatal. Person-to-Person transmission of Hantavirus is incredibly rare and there have been no cases reported in the United States. However, anyone can contract the disease if exposed to the virus through mouse feces or direct contact.


Rodents are capable of carrying a group of bacteria in their intestinal tract called Salmonella. In most cases, transmission occurs as a person consumes a contaminated source of food or drink that a mouse or rat has come into contact with or laid droppings on. Extreme cases may require hospitalization to treat the condition.

Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis

Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis is a common viral infectious disease in pet rodents but also carries risk during rodent infestations. When a person comes into contact with infected urine, feces or saliva that is transmitted by a bite, it can take up to 2 weeks for illness to arise. If not treated, temporary or permanent may occur.


Dead mice and rats don’t just make your home or business smell bad, they could potentially be a vector for Tularemia. Once contracted by a person, this bacterium will produce a high fever and swelling lymph nodes or cause ulcers. If symptoms begin to arise, treatment is recommended because Tularemia can be fatal.

At Emtec Pest Control, we are committed to safe and responsible pest control. We understand that your family’s safety is your number one priority, so we make it our priority, too. If you have any other questions about any of these pests or pest control for your home or business, contact your Oklahoma pest control experts at Emtec Pest Control by calling us or by filling out our online contact form. Our service areas in Northeast Oklahoma include Bixby, Broken Arrow, Catoosa, Owasso, Jenks, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Skiatook, Stillwater, Tulsa and the surrounding areas. In Central Oklahoma, we service Edmond, Moore, Oklahoma City, Yukon and the surrounding areas. You can also connect with us on social media for more helpful pest control tips and information. We are on Facebook.-