Hantavirus: Rodent Virus Risk Higher This Time of Year◀ Back To Blog
March 25, 2015
If your spring or summer cleaning uncovers signs that mice or other rodents have been in the area, be sure to take precautions to avoid catching a rodent-carried disease like hantavirus. Diseases spread by rodents are serious, even deadly.
Cases of hantavirus illness and other rodent-carried diseases happen year round. However, spring and summer weather brings an added risk as people clean cabins, campers, garages, barns, and other places potentially infested by rodents. Cleaning, sweeping, or vacuuming dried droppings, urine, or nesting materials can stir up contaminated dust that can cause infection when inhaled. If cleaning in a rodent-infested area, always thoroughly wet contaminated areas including trapped mice, droppings, or nests with a bleach solution or disinfectant, and soak for 10 minutes before cleaning. Always wash your hands after touching anything contaminated by rodents.
The disease begins with flu-like symptoms, such as fever, headache, fatigue, and muscle aches. It can worsen and cause difficulty breathing as the lungs fill with fluid. About one in four cases results in death.
Preventing a rodent infestation is one of the best ways to protect against hantavirus. You can discourage rodent activity by removing sources of food, water, and shelter. Store bird, pet, and livestock feed indoors in containers with tight fitting lids. Mice can squeeze through openings as small as a nickel, so sealing all gaps and holes that allow access into buildings is crucial.
Homeowners should consider hiring a professional for rodent infestations. Thomas Pest Services can give you peace of mind, with our rodent control services ensuring your family, health and home are safe from rodents and diseases from rodents. Keep an eye out for pest and rodent signs and at the first signs of infestation, contact your Clifton Park mice removal company like Thomas Pest Services. The best action you can take for your home, family and property is contacting a pest management professional for a no charge home audit