Tamarac Elementary School, located in Florida, had to temporarily relocate eight different kindergarten classes to other rooms within the school due to a rat infestation. The school trimmed trees that are suspected of contributing to the infestation as well as set up several sticky traps and conventional mouse traps. So far, a dozen rats have been caught. Although the vermin problem has been lingering since December 8, Marsy Smith, school district spokeswoman, expects to have the problem resolved and the children returned to their original class rooms by early January. According to Smith, the school district is taking “an aggressive approach.” If you would like to read more on this story please see Florida elementary schools encounters rat infestation.
Rats typically live in areas near human activity. They devour human food and can spread diseases that are contagious to humans. Many times rats can leave rat pellets, which children are very likely ingest. Click here to see a list of typical viruses and other diseases commonly carried by rats. Two common diseases are rat-bite fever and salmonella. Salmonella is typically characterized diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea and vomiting.