Rats, mice, and other forms of urban wildlife can cause considerable damage to your home by not only the physical damage they do, but also by the waste products they leave behind. They can render a work or living space unsanitary in a relatively short amount of time.
Many types of urban wildlife can become pests of structures. The most common ones are rats, mice, squirrels, raccoons, opossums and armadillos. These pests can harbor a number of pathogens in their urine and fecal material that can be transmitted to both humans and their pets. Worldwide, rats and mice are known to spread over 35 diseases. Rodent-borne diseases can be spread to humans through bite wounds, consuming food or water that has been contaminated with rodent feces, coming in contact with surface water contaminated with rodent urine, or even through breathing in germs that may be present in rodent urine or droppings that have been stirred into the air by someone moving through an attic or a crawl space (a process known as "aerosolization").
Some of the diseases that are associated with rodents are:
ABC Home and Commercial Services recommends following these guidelines to avoid a problem when your home is invaded by rodents.