The Black Rat and the Black Plague

During the 14th century, Europe experienced a pandemic that has been known for centuries as the Black Plague. From grade school and on, we have believed that the cause of this pandemic that took the lives of over 100 million Europeans began with the black rat. It has always been taught that the black rat carried diseased fleas that bit individuals and caused the pandemic throughout the continent. However, a new study and evidence has now surfaced that may clear the name of the black rat, and turn the blame to gerbils. A study was recently published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that explains how the climate data of that time does not support the concept of rats being the cause, but instead gerbils. Weather patterns were studied through the rings of trees in Europe that shows extremely wet springs with warm summers, which is not a climate condition that supports rats, but it does support gerbils. It is believed that gerbils from Asia made their way to the European continent using the Silk Road. Another study has also challenged the theory of flea bites being the cause of spreading the plague, but that instead the plague was transmitted through the air.

While the black rat’s name could be officially cleared with the Black Plague, it does not mean that rats should be allowed to live in your Maryland home. When you believe you are faced with a rodent infestation in your Maryland home, never try to handle the situation on your own. Rodents and rodent droppings can harbor various diseases and parasites that can be harmful to humans if exposed. The professionals at Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control are trained to humanely handle rodent control situations in the Maryland area. If wildlife finds a way into your Maryland home, our technicians will be able to remove the animals from your home as well. We will then identify where the critters entered your home to avoid future infestations. All methods and techniques used by Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control are humane and avoid stress and harm to the animal being removed. Never try to remove the animals on your own. This could cause harm to both you and the animal.

To get started with Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control for rodent removal and control services for the Maryland area, call us today at 443-417-3137 or visit our online contact page. We are available, so never hesitate to call. We are also available on weekends and holidays as well.   Follow Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control today on Google+PinterestTwitter, and Facebook.