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Plague Cases in New Mexico in 2017? How to Get Rid of Rats in Your Rio Rancho, NM House & Yard

While most people think of medieval times when they hear about the plague, this horrible illness continues to be a problem today all over the United States. Just this summer, a man and woman were both diagnosed with the plague likely contracted by infected rodents including rats and mice. These plague victims account for two of the three cases found in New Mexico this year alone. Bugman Inc. is here to talk about the plague and its link to rodents including rats.

The Plague or “Black Death” & Its Connection to Rats

You may have seen scenes of the plague from long ago when doctors would be masked to protect themselves from “Black Death.” This illness was widespread from the fleas that reside on infected rats and then bit humans transmitting the disease. Although the plague isn’t referred to as “Black Death” anymore, it is still very serious and shouldn’t be taken lightly. The bubonic and septicemic plague are spread by flea bites and when a human is left untreated, it can turn into pneumonic plague which can be especially fatal.

Plague Transmission; Infected Fleas on Rats

There is a common connection between infected rats and humans that seems to be fleas. The reason that the plague is still happening is the fact that wild rats can be infected with the plague for several years before they come in contact with humans through fleas. When these rats are left to multiply, they spread the illness amongst themselves without affecting anybody else.

USA Sees Plague Cases Each Year

Even though the plague is still around, the United States only sees about 17 cases each year (which is 17 too many). Luckily, we have antibiotics that can help in treating this illness. When a case of the plague pops up, anybody that patient has come in contact with is tested and cleared from the illness. In other countries, this can be much more difficult; making the plague more prevalent in areas that don’t have the ability to control and shut down outbreaks that pop up. In the 1400s there were an estimated 50 million deaths due to plague. Between the years 2010 and 2015, only 584 deaths were reported which means we are in a much better place worldwide.

Rat Rodent Control & Removal

Controlling infected rodents in the key to preventing the plague. This is only one the diseases that can be transmitted by rats. For this reason, it is important to keep the rat population under control on your property. If you find rats on your property, chances are, there are more where that rat came from. They produce at an alarmingly fast rate and can take over your property in no time if they are left alone. When you find rats on your property, don’t hesitate to call the experts at Bugman Inc. We have the experience and training needed to successfully get rid of your rat problem to safeguard you and those you love from life threatening diseases like the plague. Call us today!

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