Wild rodents can cause home damage, contaminate food, and cause illness in people and pets. Rodent infestations are more likely to occur when events such as flooding displace them. To avoid rodent infestation remove potential rodent food and water sources, and store food for people and pets in sealed containers. Clear debris and other material that rodents can hide in. Clean-up rodent droppings, urine and nesting areas—always wearing gloves—and spray material with disinfectant until thoroughly soaked before attempting to remove or clean.
For more information, visit the Wild and Domestic Rodent Zoonoses page.