Wildlife Transmitted Diseases and Rodent Damage












Living in rural areas offers many wonderful opportunities to see wildlife. Most of the time these experiences are awe-inspiring and avenues for learning. But sometimes they can put you in close contact with animals that have the potential to be dangerous to humans. Although events where human life is threatened by wildlife are uncommon, it is important to be aware of the risks and act responsibly when enjoying Arizona’s rural areas. For example, some animals can transmit disease to humans. It is relatively easy to avoid contracting a disease from a wild animal by staying informed and taking necessary precautions. Rodents can also cause serious damage to your HVAC, irrigation pipes, outdoor lighting wires, as well as interior electrical wiring.

Payson Home Watch services can include checking for infestation of rodents and insects. We check for evidence of insect or rodent infestation and can implement measures to eliminate these nuisances.  Our thorough systematic home inspection will catch early signs of rodents enjoying your home before it gets out of hand.  Here are some examples of destruction and expensive damage that can happen when unnoticed.

Rodent damage

  • Rat damage in the attic – most commonly to the insulation and wires, but if you’ve got PVC plumbing in the attic, they’ll chew that as well, causing water leaks. They sometimes chew on the wood rafters too.
  • Rat damage in the basement – the usual, chewing on whatever you don’t want them to chew on, from wires to plumbing to your personal goods. Plus all the rat feces they leave behind.
  • Rat damage in the car – in cars, rats chew on wires and hoses and can cause quite a bit of damage.
  • Rat damage in the garage – yes, they can get in your car, and all of your other goods in the garage.
  • Rat damage in the garden – they chew on crops, which is frustrating. Rat damage in the kitchen – they chew on food, and they also chew on stove and refrigerator lines.

The CDC recommends the following:  (Not something most homeowners want to do!)

Let Payson Home Watch take care of this….

  • Put on disposable rubber, latex, vinyl or nitrile gloves and a breathing mask.
  • Do not stir up dust by vacuuming, sweeping, or any other means.
  • Thoroughly wet contaminated areas with a bleach solution (1.5 cups of bleach per gallon of water) or household disinfectant.
  • Once everything is wet, remove contaminated materials with a damp towel and then mop or sponge the area with bleach solution or household disinfectant.
  • Spray dead rodents with disinfectant and then double-bag the body and all cleaning materials. Bury, burn, or throw out dead rodents in an appropriate waste disposal system. (Contact your county or state health department concerning other appropriate disposal methods.)
  • Disinfect gloves with disinfectant or soap and water before taking them off and throwing them away.
  • After throwing away the gloves, thoroughly wash hands with soap and water (or use a waterless alcohol-based hand rub when soap is not available).

** his information is provided by University of Arizona Cooperative Extension with funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center.

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