Murfreesboro, TN, attracts hardy wildlife pests that are able to survive the variable climate. Rats, mice, and raccoons are common in the area. Known to seek warmth and shelter in homes, rats and mice contaminate food supplies and gnaw on wires and cables. Also, the rodents transmit infectious diseases such as Hantavirus, salmonellosis, and rat-bite fever. While raccoons usually live in forests and marshes, the pests see cities as additional land to scavenge for food. They carry rabies, which can be passed to people and pets.