Why Rat Infestation Can Lead to Health Risks in Your Business

March 25th, 2021

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A rat infestation can cause drastic damage to your business and your employee’s well-being. From the spread of diseases to potential electrical malfunctions, there are many dangers associated with rats in the workplace.

Below we mention some of the overall health and safety concerns you should be aware of and address with Tampa rat removal services.

Exposure to Diseases

Having a rat-infested vicinity makes you and your employees vulnerable. Rats are carriers of pathogens that can transmit diseases to humans. These pathogens can be transmitted through the rat’s droppings and urine which become airborne once they start breaking down. They contaminate other dust particles and can pose a threat even if you can’t see the rats.

Rats can also transfer diseases through the contamination of food and water. Their bite and dirty paws can transfer bacteria when they come in contact with food that is easily accessible. This increases the probability of human exposure to pathogens.

Among the diseases directly transmitted by rats, there is Leptospirosis, Rat-Bite Fever, and Salmonellosis. These usually lead to symptoms like diarrhea, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, fever, sweating, muscle pain, and more. Immune-compromised people may even experience harsher symptoms.

If you would like to learn more about these diseases, visit CDC’s official page on diseases transferred by rodents.

Other Safety Concerns

Rats are notorious for their destructive chewing habits. They can pierce electrical wires, making your business space vulnerable to short circuits and electrical fires. They can chew on a car’s wires as well, leading to malfunctions.

Rats can damage plastic pipes, wooded beans, and drywall. They are even notorious for damaging the insulation while they inhabit a place. Therefore, they are bound to create an unsafe work environment for your employees and yourself.

Tampa Rat Removal Service

We never recommend treating rat infestation without the help of professionals. One of the many reasons is that after rats are removed the place needs to be decontaminated for health purposes. We expand on some of the risks on our blog Dangers of DIY Rat Removal.

If you are looking for Tampa rat removal services, contact Alford Wildlife & Pest Management. Our professionals will eliminate the rats from your business, remove entry points, decontaminate the area, and install insulation damaged during the rat infestation. We offer a complete service to best prevent them from coming back.

We service most of the surrounding areas including:

  • Sarasota/Bradenton
  • New Port Richey
  • Brandon
  • Clearwater
  • Tampa
  • Wesley Chapel

Ready to get started? Call us today or fill out a form to get a free rat removal consultation.


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