A zoological study of rattus rattus.

Customer Rat Email: Hello, my name is Jessie. I was looking at your website, after recently finding rats in my horse barn. I was looking at the diseases they carry, and some that could be transferred to animals. I recently had to take my horse to Auburn University, due to her having vasculitis in all four legs. It is a bacterial disease, and they were unable to identify the cause of it. Shortly after bringing her home, I discovered that my barn has quite a few rats, big ones at that. I didn't know if maybe she had been bitten, scratched, or somehow her food had been contaminated, and you knew of any common infections with animals due to rats. Any information you could offer would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much. Jessie

My Answer: I'm not sure if rats can transfer infections to horses, but it seems plausible. But unlikely. You can read my page about rat diseases to find out more.

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There are three kinds of rodents commonly found inside buildings (in the attics, walls, and even inside the living space). They are the Roof Rat (Rattus rattus), which is also called the Black Rat, then there's the Norway Rat (Rattus norvegicus), also known as the Brown Rat, and the House Mouse (Mus musculus). Roof Rats are more common in the south, such as Florida, where I work. The above photo is of a Roof Rat. They are very common inside attics. The Norway Rat is more common in the northern section of the United States. The Norways are more commonly found underground, in subways and sewers and such. The House Mouse is found everywhere, but seems more common in the north. All of these rodents thrive in urban areas and love to live in human buildings and houses. They use human garbage (and pantries) as sources of food. All of these rodents are carriers of several diseases that can infect humans and pets. They contaminate homes and attics. The only way to permanently solve a rat problem is to find out how the rodents are gaining access to the inside of the building, and fix those openings. Then the remaining rats inside have to be trapped and removed. If you want to learn more, please read my How To Get Rid of Rats page.

AAAnimal Control is a privately owned wildlife removal and pest control business, located in Orlando Florida. I deal strictly with wild animals such as rats. I am not an extermination company, but a critter removal and control specialist. The above photos are some of the many that I've taken in the field over my years of work. Please email me if you have any questions about the above photographs, or any questions about wildlife problems or rat control issues.

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