Chapter 16. Rodents and Rodent Control

  1. Michael H. Gerardi and
  2. Mel C. Zimmerman

Published Online: 28 JAN 2005

DOI: 10.1002/0471710431.ch16

Wastewater Pathogens

Wastewater Pathogens

How to Cite

Gerardi, M. H. and Zimmerman, M. C. (2004) Rodents and Rodent Control, in Wastewater Pathogens, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/0471710431.ch16

Author Information

  1. The Pennsylvania State University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 JAN 2005
  2. Published Print: 22 OCT 2004

Book Series:

  1. Wastewater Microbiology Series

Book Series Editors:

  1. Michael H. Gerardi

Series Editor Information

  1. The Pennsylvania State University, USA

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471206927

Online ISBN: 9780471710431



  • rodents;
  • rodent control;
  • Norway rat;
  • roof rat;
  • Hymenolepis nana


Rodents, especially rats, within sewer systems and their control are of concern to wastewater personnel for several reasons. Rats cause structural and material damage. They are a public nuisance. Their nesting sites provide for the breeding of large numbers of fleas and mites, and, most importantly, they are carriers of disease. There are over 50 species of rats, and two of these species are commonly found in sanitary sewer systems. These rats are the Norway rat (Rattus norvegicus) and the roof rat (Rattus rattus).