Rat problem in Texas worried about disease!


Oct 6, 2019
After seeing some rat dropping in the nesting boxes and food I tried to clean it out. I didn’t have on a mask at first and I am really hoping I haven’t exposed myself to hantavirus. Can anyone calm my fears about this? Do most people get it after heavy exposure or can you get it more easily than that? I have done some research and think they were roof rats. Are they the most common type of rat in Texas? Do they carry the virus?? Near Austin. Please help I’m very worried!


Hilltop Farm
13 Years
Nov 18, 2007
My Coop
:welcome :frow It appears as if you have an infestation of rats/mice. I had a coop that was infested. When I started renovating it, the rats literately poured out of it, they were coming out all over in all sizes. I had so many that I put out some rat bait boxes so other critters couldn't get to the rat poison. After the baits had been set out for awhile in the coop and in our barn which is behind the coops and replacing baits, eventually less and less bait was being eaten. I only found a couple of dead rats which I disposed of which lead me to believe that the rats were going down into their tunnels and dying. The bait box has a little window over the bait so the bait in the bait boxes can be checked often. I had no issues with other critters getting the bait. Good luck...
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Al Gerhart

Sep 29, 2011
Oklahoma City
Yo, that is scary but you aren't likely to be harmed unless you are immune weakened or something has lowered your resistance. But your chickens are exposed to this all the time, another reason why rats ought to never be allowed to colonize a coop. You can't trap them out, or poison them out, or in most cases exclude them 100% of the time but you can control the feed. Do that and you have no rats and no rat poo or urine that might harm your family.

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