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Rats and mice are known to spread many diseases worldwide. These diseases can spread to people directly, through handling of rodents; contact with rodent feces, urine, or saliva (such as through breathing in air or eating food that is contaminated with rodent waste); or rodent bites. Rodents can also carry ticks, mites, or fleas that can act as vectors to spread diseases between rodents and people. Many diseases do not cause any apparent illness in rodents, so you cannot determine whether a rodent is carrying a disease just by looking at it.

Infestation of rodents in and around the home is the main reason disease spreads from rodents to people. The best way to prevent diseases spread by rodents is to practice effective rodent control in and around your home. Learn how to eliminate a rodent infestation and prevent future rodent infestations in your home.