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Can You Get Hantavirus from Old Mice Droppings?

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Pests are a problem and not just because they are unsettling but because they can spread bacteria and disease. Cockroaches are a pest that walk around their own feces and unsanitary items that they then spread across the surfaces in the home. They are known to carry and transfer bacteria that can easily make your family sick. Other pests are a real nuisance and invade homes in the thousands. With all that being said there are other pests that carry disease that can be a danger to your family. These are pests that you need to be aware of and what you can do keep yourself safe from potential diseases.

Pest Control Technicians, Inc Hantavirus Spread by Mice & How to Prevent It

  • What is Hantavirus & How Common is it in Mice?: All mice are a nuisance and can cause damage to your home. Mice chew through packaging, walls, wires and more. This can lead to damage that will need to be repaired and some of the damage can be a fire hazard. But there are many species of rodents in the United States including deer and white-footed mouse as well as the rice and cotton rat that carry bacteria that can be infected with hantavirus. It is about a quarter of deer mice that have the disease that can be transferred to you and your family. The virus is a disease that needs to be treated by a medical professional. If the virus is left untreated, there are cases that have been fatal.
  • Chances of Getting Sick from Infected Mouse Droppings: If you are concerned about hantavirus,you need to know what you can do to prevent it. The bacteria that causes the virus is found in the urine and the feces of the mice. The mouse does not have to bite a person to give them the virus. If you see the feces your first instinct is to go clean it up. When the feces are agitated the spores get in the air and then you breathe them in. The spores then make you sick and that is the contact that you need to be infected with the virus.
  • Hantavirus Prevention: The first step to stopping contact with hantavirus is to keep mice out of your house. This can be done by using pest control treatments and preventative measures. Then you need to be sure you are cautious if you are needing to clean any urine and feces up. If you need to clean up the mess you need to air out the room as much as you can first. You should also wear a mask to cover your nose and mouth when doing the cleaning.

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