Mice Control

Increased Hantavirus Contamination Linked to Mouse Droppings

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mouse-1708365_1280The Hantavirus is an infection that can cause what is known as Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome. HPS is a severe respiratory disease in humans that can be fatal. Individuals are at an increased risk of catching HPS due to encounters with mice. Rodents can carry the Hantavirus and exposure to humans will result in transmission of the disease.

In Canada and the United States, the deer mouse is the carrier of the Sin Nombre virus which is a type of Hantavirus and the top cause of HPS cases. Deer mice carry the virus and shed it via their urine, droppings and salvia. The main way that humans contract the virus is by breathing air that has been contaminated. Airborne transmission occurs when fresh urine, mouse droppings or materials from their nests are stirred up. Droplets containing the virus go into the air and then are breathed in by humans.

There are many ways that a mouse can spread the Hantavirus to humans. If the infected mouse were to bite a human, then the virus would spread via saliva. However, this transmission type is rare. Researchers feel that if humans touch something that is contaminated with mouse droppings, urine or saliva then they will be infected if they then touch their mouth or nose.

Researchers also feel that individuals can catch the virus if they were to eat food that had been contaminated as well. This could happen as mice tend to raid kitchen cabinets. If an individual were to eat something that had touched droppings, urine or saliva, then the infection could occur.

Primary risk for exposure occurs when you find mice in the home. If you notice mice are running around your home, or you see droppings or chew signs of mice, contact the experts. You need to have the mice removed in case they are infected with the Hantavirus. Consider this. Three mice are living in your home and are infected with the Hantavirus. They are living in the walls and attic space, leaving behind urine and droppings. You go to clean the attic and begin sweeping up the mess you find. This can lead to particles in the air that contain the virus and you are instantly infected.

To avoid catching the Hantavirus which leads to HPS in humans, be sure to have an expert team come to your home and evaluate your mouse problem. Once the issue has been discovered, a plan can be created to remove the mice and help you reclaim your home. Wildlife technicians will be able to suggest options for cleaning up after the mice have been removed to avoid any contamination of the virus so you and your family remain healthy and safe.

To learn more about the Hantavirus and mice removal, contact Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control. With years of experience in animal removal, Skedaddle will be able to assist you with any mouse problem, no matter how big or small. Schedule an appointment to have your home evaluated or to find out the common signs of a mouse infestation in the home.

6 Keys to Successfully Control Mice and Rats

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pc-mice-rats-2There are many pests that can enter the home as unwanted guests, with the most common being mice and rats. These small creatures like to enter the home and make it their own, creating nests, eating your food and wreaking havoc. As a home owner, it is important to learn effective ways to control mice and rats, starting with prevention as well as removal actions. Below are six keys to successfully controlling mice and rats before and after they enter the home.

Preventative Methods

To begin, you want to take preventative action in regards to mice and rats in the home. Do not leave food out on the counter in open containers or leftover food from meals in the home. Ensure areas of the home are sealed with no areas where mice or rats can get inside the home such as window frames, doorways, venting, soffits, etc.

Investigation

If you feel that mice or rats are in your home, do a little investigating. Check the cabinets to see if any food packages have been chewed through. Check for mouse droppings in dark places such as in the back of cabinets or near indoor garbage cans. Look in the attic and basement areas to see if any nesting has occurred. Listen during the night time hours for noises such as mice running in the attic or in the wall space.

Home Inspection

Once you feel that you have a problem, either having seen signs of rodents or seen the actual creatures, it is time to contact mouse control. Mouse removal Ottawa services will ensure your home is free and clear of mice as well as rats. The home will be inspected fully, with the technician searching for signs of rodents in the home. Once the signs are found, a plan will be put in place for removal.

Removal Process

The removal process will vary based on where the creatures are living as well as the size of your rodent problem. It is best to use mouse control services that are humane and good for both the creature and your home. One-way traps are a great option for capturing the mice or rats in the home. These traps are placed in entry or exit points. The mouse uses the access points and enters the trap, unable to get back out. The traps are then removed and the mice and rats are taken to a remote location far from your home.

Avoidance

Now that the creatures have been removed, it is time to avoid the same problem in the future. Entry and exit points must be blocked off and precautions taken to ensure that such creatures will not enter the home again in the future. A wildlife technician will be able to make suggestions as to what you need to do to keep mice and rats from entering your home again.

Cleanup

The area affected by the mice and rats will also need to be dealt with. Clean up any signs of feces and urine. Replace any chewed wood as well as affected insulation or other materials that make up your home.

Contact Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control today to learn more about rodent removal service options.