Cold and flu seasons coupled with the Coronavirus making its rounds across the world has many Albertans on edge when it comes to getting sick. It’s safe to say that we all are looking to take as many precautions as possible to stay healthy this season. This includes making sure your family and your home are protected from potential diseases or illnesses brought on by the presence of mice.
Mice might be the inspiration for cute, fuzzy Disney characters, but in reality they are tiny creatures that carry big diseases. Hantavirus is common among deer mice and is spread through urine, saliva and feces. Coming into contact with any of these excretments puts a person at risk. If a human contracts the virus, either by disturbing excrement or simply being exposed, it can lead to Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS), which can become fatal. The most common way we catch this virus is improper cleanup of mouse droppings or continued exposure. It might seem like an easy chore to clean your attic, garage or shed of mouse droppings, but you put yourself at risk if you don’t use the proper methods. Professional help is never a bad idea and we’re experts when it comes to mouse cleanup and removal!
If the risk of Hantavirus wasn’t enough to make you queasy, mice are also known to carry Salmonella. This nasty bacteria is transmitted through food and if mice are coming into contact with the contents of your pantry, you and your family are in trouble! Keep your counters, tables and other kitchen surfaces clear of food and crumbs as this makes it less inviting for mice to invade your space. Sealing all your food items in airtight, mouse proof containers is a must and be sure to empty your garbage regularly. Mice are huge fans of sugary foods, so emptying your bottles and other sticky recyclables out of the house is another way to keep mice activity to a minimum.
The first defence against pests and the viruses they carry is to be prepared. The second is to deal with an infestation as soon as possible. If you suspect you’re dealing with a mouse or a family of mice, we are here to support you. Don’t hesitate to give us a call at 403-242-1666 and we’ll help you rid your home of mice and the diseases they bring with them.