Most people know that mice are prone to carrying diseases, and so they try to stay on top of their mice control. However, recent news out of San Diego brings a rodent infestation to another level. A California deer mouse—a very common mouse in the area—tested positive for hantavirus. This is especially concerning because there is no vaccine available for hantavirus, nor is there a cure. If someone contracts the virus, their body either has to fight it off naturally or it could be fatal. In fact, the death rate of those who get the virus is between 30% and 40%.
This is when the news of this virus gets even more frightening. The virus is spread through any urine, feces, or saliva from any infected mice, making preventative pest control for mice imperative. If any of the dried particles from the feces, saliva, or urine become airborne and get inhaled, the person can catch the virus. If contracted, an infected person will begin to notice severe muscle aches, nausea and/or vomiting, headaches, chills, dizziness, and difficulty breathing. If any of these symptoms present themselves after any interaction with mice or their droppings, go to the doctor immediately.
As you probably know, mice have an insanely fast reproduction cycle, so even if you may not think you have any mice now, you will want to be proactive with your rodent pest control. Here are the steps you should take to eliminate a rodent infestation and keep your family safe:
As of right now, the hantavirus has only been found in San Diego County in California. But even in Connecticut, effective mouse control is imperative. We are in the midst of a heavy rodent season, and even if the deadly virus isn’t present yet, there are still plenty of diseases that you or your family are at risk of catching if you have a rodent infestation. To make sure your home is rodent free, contact our rodent pest control experts today.