Do rats bite humans in their sleep?

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Bites to humans from rats does seem to be a rather rare thing, but this could be down to the fact that many people just wouldn't report such a case. Many victims who are bitten by a rat are done so in their sleep, and sometimes they may not even be aware that they have been bitten at all. The worst cases seem to happen when the victim is a young child, and that child is sleeping when the "attack" happens. It is, however, believed that only ten percent of rat bites are reported to medical professionals, mostly because the chances of them needing medical treatment is rather rare. Even rarer than being bitten by one at all.



The majority of rat bites are best tended with by washing the area, and then applying an antibacterial lotion over the top of that. Only two percent of rat bites actually need medical attention. Over ninety percent of those happened in the victim's home, and is usually a case of human trying to capture rat, and failing miserably.

Rats would much prefer to run away than stand and fight you, but if they are faced with no other way out, they won't hesitate to use their razor-sharp teeth and claws against you. And again, there is only a minimal disease threat with these bites, although you should bear in mind that rare DOES NOT mean it can't and won't happen. It takes just one bite from an infected animal to pass on a disease, and you can't tell just from looking at a rat whether or not it is sick.

Go back to the Rats in the Attic home page. You can also read about What if you are bitten by a rat or Do rats attack human necks?

If you have any questions or comments, e-mail me at david@attic-rat.com