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Rodent Control

Florida Department of Health in Manatee County

Environmental Health provides educational materials and recommends control measures for rodents.  Please contact our office.

The most common rodent pests around Florida homes are:

  • House Mouse
  • Roof Rat
  • Sewer Rat

Rats and mice can carry serious diseases, including:

  • Hantavirus
  • Leptospirosis
  • Plague
  • Rat Bite Fever
  • Salmonella
  • Typhus

Common signs of rodent infestation include:

  • Gnawing marks on wood, plastic, metal, pipes and foodstuffs
  • Droppings and urine stains in feeding areas
  • Dark grease stains from the rat's fur on pipes, wires, shelves and entrance holes
  • Tail and footprint marks in dust debris
  • Nests

More information:

  • Rodents (Florida Department of Health - state page)