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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.


Is It a Rat or Mouse Problem

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So you have seen a creature running throughout your home. Was it a mouse or a rat? Many times it can be hard to tell. Either way, the rodents will need to be removed and the problem addressed so that such creatures can no longer enter your personal space. Both rats and mice carry diseases and can damage the home. Protect your family as well as your property by having such creatures removed.


Visual Differences
Mice and rats are similar and come from the rodent family. However, visually they do have differences. Of course, most homeowners scream and look away when such creatures are found in the home, but it is important to see what you are dealing with. A mouse will be small in size and have a skinny tail and pointy type ears. A rat will be larger in size and have a longer, thicker tail. The best way to tell the difference of each is to look at the tail and the overall size of the creature. Mice can be as small as a golf ball while rats can be as big as your hand if not bigger!

Tendencies of Both Creatures
Mice are curious creatures who like to investigate. Mice can be easy to catch as they will inspect traps or cages due to the food inside. Mice will run around the home, seemingly not afraid of the humans inside. Rats on the other hand will stay hidden and do everything they can to be undetected. Rats will take the same path to get to places in the home but will not approach something new, like a trap, until they feel comfortable. This is why rats can be so hard to catch when in the home.

If you are considering hiring services for mice removal from home, you will need to investigate a bit, trying to determine what you are dealing with. Watch for signs of droppings in the home. Have you physically seen the creature running about? In regards to rats, you can look for paths along the baseboards and walls of your home. Do the baseboards seem dirtier than normal? Rats will stick close to baseboards and grease from their bodies will be left behind. This is a sure sign you have rats in the home. Check dark areas such as boxes in the basement or attic space for nests. If you find burrows or paper and cloth that was not in the area before or perhaps shredded, then you have found a nest.

Now that you know what you are dealing with, the removal process can begin. While you can set traps yourself, there are ways to have the rats and mice removed in a humane and quick way. Contact a company such as Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control for expert assistance. Wildlife technicians will be able to assess your situation and provide a solid solution for rat removal. The technicians work quickly to remove the pests from your home. Suggestions for cleaning as well as repairs will be made to ensure you do not have a similar pest problem once again.

Rodent-Proofing Tips

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Nobody wants their home invaded by rodents or any other pests. Having your house occupied by these four-legged creatures can be an absolute nightmare.  What if you notice a mouse roaming around from one corner of the room to the other? Well this is the right time for you to look into some options to permanently remove these rodents. There are some natural and DIY fool-proof ways to get rid of these pests but for effective mice removal from your home you can always call a humane wildlife control company for complete peace of mind.

There are two sanitation methods to keep the rodents from invading your property – outdoor sanitation and indoor sanitation.


  • First make sure that the exterior walls of your home don’t have any cracks or holes. Keep any holes where utilities or cables run into the house  secure so that the rodents won’t be able to enter through small gaps. Use steel wool or copper mesh to fill in the gaps because rodents will have a hard time chewing this.
  • Thoroughly check all doors, windows and frames. Immediately replace any weather stripping without a tight seal. If there are any broken window panes,  replace them right away.
  • If you have large trees beside your home, check whether any branches touch or hang over the house.  If you locate any immediately cut the branches as they are often used by the rodents to enter your home. It is best to keep a gap of at least 6 inches between your house and any trees close by.
  • Keep your lawn trimmed. Large grasses and foliage are a safe breeding ground for the rodents. It is important to especially keep dense foliage away from the entrance of your house.
  • Check whether there is any pipe leakage or clogged drains. If there is any possibility of moisture accumulating in any part of the home, make sure to have it repaired and the area cleaned.
  • If you like to feed birds, make sure there is no trace of grain or seed on the ground. Rodents are always on the hunt for food and  if you leave the area unclean, chances are there that rodents will keep coming back and stay.

All the above points are related to outdoor techniques. These will save time and energy from a situation involving mice removal from your home.

On the other hand, there are some tricks and techniques to implement for the inside of your house.


  1. Rodents generally make their homes in cluttered places like the basement or attic. These areas make the perfect breeding ground and if you don’t want to get into a situation where these rodents take over your home, then you must keep these places organized and clean.
  2. Keep the areas under your kitchen cabinet, refrigerators and dishwashers clean. Make sure that all food is sealed as the smell of the food can attract rodents. If you have a pet, keep their food sealed in a container and the bowls clear.
  3. Make sure to keep floors clean of all leftover food particles.
  4. Keep the garage secure.
  5. There are various oils like peppermint or clove oil which are some natural ways for mice removal from the home. Dab a cotton ball in any of these oils and leave it on the area where the rodents live. You can also keep a peppermint plant in your home.
  6. Spray pepper spray, chemical, bleaching powder and other chemicals meant for mice removal.

If these tips don’t work and the situation spirals out of control it is recommended to hire an animal control company immediately before it is too late. Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control offers a wide variety of services that is effective and they guarantee to save your home from rodent infestation and keep it that way. Check out more about your options here.

Getting Rid of Mice: Both Business and Residential Issue

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“Esteemed journalist and Toronto resident Robert Fulford wrote in 1999, “Kensington today is as much a legend as a district. The (partly) outdoor market has probably been photographed more often than any other side in Toronto.” In one of the neighborhood’s photographs that came out this January posted on social site Reddit, three rats feast on scraps in a shelving unit at New Seaway Fish Market. Within the same day, health inspectors visited the shop, and shut it down .

Completely getting rid of mice in a semi-open space full of goods and produce as old as Kensington Market is truly a difficult undertaking. However, early signs of infestation merit due diligence. According to news reports, Kim Chou, owner of the mouse-infested shop, takes full responsibility for the problem getting out of control. Although the shop received a conditional pass back in November 2012, Chou was told to handle what seemed like a beginning of a rat infestation.”