Danger Mouse: Health Risks Carried By Rodents

Being the target of a rodent infestation isn’t nice. Rodents are dangerous creatures that carry a plethora of diseases, all of which are quite punishing and not really something you want to pick up. Therefore, plenty of people in ‘risky’ areas try to prepare for an infestation and some even go as far as purchasing plenty of traps and mouse-removing equipment.

The best thing you should do however, is to stop an infestation from happening in the first place. Even a couple of mice pose a threat, especially if you have children. There are great information sources related to this topic on the Internet, so definitely check them out. They’re a great method to figure out the best way to get rid of mice in house.

We will focus on the health risks that these rodents carry, and talk about why you should always be as quick as possible if you think there’s an infestation going on.

Fire Hazard

Even though not a direct health risk, being exposed to a fire can be terrifying. And that’s exactly what rodents are able to cause – fires. See, rodents love chewing on things as their teeth never stop growing. They need to keep them in check through other means, such as chewing on things.

Wires are interesting to them as they can easily chew through the outer insulation layer. And if the wires underneath are exposed, there’s a possibility that they could short-circuit and cause a fire. If you see or hear a mouse running around, act immediately!


As we said before, there are a couple of deadly diseases that rodents are able to transmit. Let’s cover some of the most dangerous ones.


This disease is transmitted through rodent feces which are incredibly small. Most of the time you won’t even notice there are any droppings (unless there’s a lot of them in one spot; but then it’s already late). Clean your home every day and make sure that you’ve checked all the corners. Salmonellosis causes intestinal disturbances which can evolve into something worse.


Most of you already know what Typhus is and what it can do, but we’ll cover it nonetheless as it’s a common disease found in rodents. Typhus gets transmitted through fleas; small insects that live on the rodents. They can jump onto a human hand and bite, transferring the disease. Symptoms include a fever, rash, headaches, and respiratory damage.

Lyme Disease

Lyme disease isn’t exclusive to rodents. Some ticks carry this disease with them and they can infect both human and animals. Dogs are susceptible to Lyme Disease as well, whilst cats are not. In any case, you wouldn’t want this disease as it’s a painful one. Some of the symptoms are skin lesions, fevers, headaches, etc. Ticks are the main carriers of Lyme Disease, so be weary of tall grass as well.