As if the gnawing of your baseboards and nibbling of your favorite cereal wasn’t enough to deal with – Rodent Activity also presents issues that can negatively impact yours and your family’s health.
Calgary Pest Control Experts at One Man and a Lady Bug explain that the common rodent acts as a vector – transmitting disease and viruses easily and quickly. When people discuss the harmful health issues of rodents it’s the Hantavirus that quickly comes to mind. This virus is part of the Bunyaviridae family and is carried by rodents but infects the respiratory system of humans.
How is Hantavirus Transmitted?
Transmitted by rodent urine, droppings and saliva (rodent bite) and in aerosolized dust – the virus infects humans via broken skin and mucosal membranes of the eyes, nose and mouth. Though not transmitted from human to human – once the virus infects a person the symptoms can be uncomfortable and serious – resulting in death in approximately 38% of those infected.
Rodents Impact Your Health
Apart from the potentially lethal Hantavirus; Rodents carry the salmonella bacteria on their bodies – contaminating kitchen surfaces, equipment and food sources. Also transporters of Lyme disease and Typhus – the regular little house mouse can present a host of health concerns to humans and pets – rendering people with long-term health problems.
How to Get Rid of House Mice
If you have noticed mouse droppings and urine in your home or business caution is recommended when it comes to removal of these disease filled products. Extra care is required if mouse activity is noted in dusty areas like garages, barns and sheds. Disturbing the droppings kicks-up dust and can be a health hazard to those not trained or equipped to deal with dust laden with bacteria and viruses.
Contacting a Calgary Pest Management company to handle the removal of rodent droppings and address any infestation is usually the best course of action. Prepared with breathing protection and appropriate pesticides – trained technicians are able to quickly return your home to a mouse-free zone – removing all traces of rodent activity.