If you get the hantavirus, also known as the Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS), your lungs will become infected. This virus comes from the droppings, urine, and saliva of some rodents, including mice. This virus is rare, but it can be deadly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 690 cases of HPS have been reported in the United States through January 6, 2016. Out of these cases, 36% resulted in death. For this reason, if you have any mice in your home you should eliminate them. Below is some information you should find helpful so you can protect you and your family from this virus.
Know the Signs You Have Mice in Your Home
If you have one mouse, it may be hard to detect. You may see droppings in areas of your home that you do not frequent, such as behind furniture or inside your cabinets. If you have several mice, you will notice a lot of droppings, have small holes in the walls and/or baseboards, and see chew marks on furniture. You may also hear squeaky or scratchy sounds within the walls. Mice can even get into your attic and chew through the insulation.
If you do not remove the mice, you will end up with a very bad infestation. If there are both male and female mice, they can multiply into over 60 mice within three months. From this, you should be able to see how quickly your home can become infested with them.
If you only have a few mice in your home, you can try to eliminate them on your own by using mousetraps. There are different types available at pet stores. There are the traditional snap traps and traps that do not kill but capture mice by placing a treat inside the trap. You can purchase electronic traps that draw mice to the device through an electronic signal. The mouse is killed as it walks into the trap.
If you think you have a lot of mice in your home, you should contact a pest control company to remove them for you.
Clean and Disinfect
After all the mice have been removed from your home, you need to clean and disinfect everything to remove urine and droppings. You should never remove droppings by vacuuming or sweeping them, as the contagions may become airborne. The way to remove the droppings is by picking them up with your fingers.
Once all mouse droppings are removed, clean surfaces with a 50/50 bleach and water solution. Put on a pair of gloves, pour the solution on the area, and wipe it down with a cloth. When you are finished, throw away any cloths and gloves used.
Prevent mice from coming back into your home by keeping all food sources put away and close all possible entries. If you continue to get mice, a pest control company can come to your home and help you find areas where they may be coming in.
For more information, contact All Seasons Pest Control or a similar company.