Protect Your Family from Diseases
Rodents, can carry a wide range of pathogens and parasites. When a rat or mouse is caught in a glue trap, external parasites and pathogens on its body often become entrapped in the adhesive and are contained by the glue board.
It is crucial to note that while glue traps usually capture and contain many of these parasites and pathogens, they may not capture all. Rubber gloves should always be worn when handling pest control products and rodents should never be handled directly. Proper disposal and handling of used
glue traps, followed by thorough handwashing, are essential to reduce the risk of disease transmission to humans. If rodents have been trapped in living
spaces, proper cleaning and disinfection of the area is recommended.
Some Pathogens Carried by Rats and Mice:
- Leptospira species: Causes leptospirosis, which can result in severe kidney damage, meningitis, liver failure, and respiratory complications.
- Salmonella Enterica: Causes salmonellosis, a form of food poisoning.
- Hantavirus: Causes hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, a severe respiratory disease.
- Yersinia pestis: The causative agent of bubonic plague.
- Rickettsia species: Causes rickettsialpox.
- Streptobacillus moniliformis: Causes rat-bite fever.
- Arenavirus: Causes Lassa fever and other hemorrhagic fevers.
- Fleas (Xenopsylla cheopis): Fleas are vectors for the
bacteria Yersinia pestis, responsible for the bubonic plague.
- Ticks (Ixodes scapularis): Small arachnid that attaches to animals and humans to feed on blood, potentially transmitting diseases during their bites. Often carries Lyme Disease and other pathogens.
- Mites (Ornithonyssus bacoti): Also known as tropical rat mites, they can bite humans, causing dermatitis and itching.
- Lice: Such as the rat louse (Polyplax spinulosa).
- Roundworms (Angiostrongylus cantonensis): Also known as rat lungworm, which can cause meningitis in humans.
- Tapeworms (Hymenolepis diminuta and H. nana): Can sometimes infect humans, especially if rat feces are accidentally ingested.