Rodents and their Diseases in Jessup

Mice and rats are a common problem throughout the state of Maryland, and Jessup is no different. If there is a dry place for the rodent to sleep and plenty of food for the rodent to eat, then rodents will remain present in the area. Sometimes, especially during the colder months and after heavy rains, rodents will find their way into your Jessup home. While some may think that the rodents are harmless, they would be incorrect. Rats and mice can carry a number of harmful diseases, and the risk can remain even after the rodent has been caught.

Rodents and Disease

Diseases carried and caused by rodents in the Jessup area include:

  1. Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome- Caused by either direct contact or the breathing in of contaminated urine or feces left by the rodents, HPS will affect the respiratory system of an infected human.
  2. Leptospirosis- Infection can occur after a human consumes food or water that has been contaminated by urine or feces from the rodent. Infection can also occur if contaminated soil or water comes in direct contact with a human’s mucus membrane or skin. The disease has a number of symptoms that can very often mimic those of other diseases and infections. The disease can lead to a number of complications including kidney and liver damage and failure.
  3. Rat-Bite Fever- Infection can occur after contact with a dead rodent, a bite or scratch from a rodent, or breathing in contaminates from a rodent. Symptoms include pain in muscles and joints as well as vomiting and a noticeable rash.
  4. Salmonellosis- A form of Salmonella, infection occurs after contaminated food and water are consumed. The individual will then experience severe cramps in their abdomen and severe diarrhea.

Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control

If you believe your Jessup home is infested with rodents, call a specialist at Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control. Our technicians are trained to identify the source of your rodent problem as well as assist you in the exclusion of the rodents and the prevention of further infestations. To get started with Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control, call us today at 443-417-3137 We are available, so never hesitate to call. You can also visit our online contact page. Find us on Google+, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook.


*The writer of this article is not a medical professional. Information contained herein has been collected from sources believed to be reliable, and every precaution has been taken to ensure its accuracy. The information provided here is for general informational purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical care.