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Rat Bites: Are They Dangerous?

Aug 23

Do you have rats in your home or business? If so, you may be wondering if rat bites are dangerous. The answer to that question is yes - rat bites can be dangerous. In this blog post, we will discuss the dangers of rat bites and what you can do to protect yourself from them.


What makes rat bites dangerous?

Rat bites can transmit diseases to humans, including salmonellosis. Rats also often carry other harmful bacteria on their fur that can cause infection when they bite. In addition, rats have sharp teeth that can puncture the skin and cause bleeding. They can carry many diseases, including hantavirus, leptospirosis, lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCMV), Tularemia, and Salmonella.


What should you do if a rat bites you?

If you are unlucky and get bit by a rat, you should start treatment as soon as possible. The first step is to wash the wound with plenty of soap and water. The soap you should use should be antibacterial and antiseptic. Additionally, you should wash the wound for a minimum of 15 minutes.

After you have cleaned the wound, you should cover it with sterile gauze as soon as possible. Covering it will also prevent bleeding.

Then, you should head to your closest health provider to get your wound assessed and treated by a professional.


What if you have rats but haven't been bitten? 

If you have rats or mice in your home or business, then you need to get your home treated by a local pest control company or wildlife removal service. Rats and mice not only pose a danger when they bite, but also their droppings can cause harm. Additionally, they can cause harm to your home by chewing through wires and insulation in your home.