Many people think of rats as pests. These critters love to live in gross places, like the sewer and in garbage-strewn alleys. They are also very adept at sneaking into homes, where they can live in the walls or in rarely trekked places, like the attic or basement. Rats aren’t just pesky intruders thought. They can also bring diseases into your home.
Rats are known to carry and transmit a variety of diseases. Perhaps the most well-known is the bubonic plague, which was spread from rats to humans by fleas. In the 1300s, rats started the “Black Death,” which ravaged Europe, killing an estimated 75 to 200 million people!
Plague isn’t very common these days, but rats can still spread nasty diseases like rat-bite fever, leptospirosis, and hantavirus pulmonary syndrome. Protect yourself and your family by keeping rats out of your home. One way to do that is with stainless steel metal mesh. Make sure screen doors and windows are secure, and add metal mesh screens to any other openings in your home.