How Rodents Harm Your Health
Rodents are an unwelcome guest in any home. Not only do they cause property damage, but you should be aware of the health dangers that these pesky critters can bring. In this blog, we will discuss why it is dangerous to coexist with rodents by explaining how their droppings, urine, and nesting materials are hazardous to your health, particularly regarding hantavirus.
What is Hantavirus?
Hantavirus is an infectious disease caused by viruses commonly found in rodents such as mice and rats. The virus is most often spread through contact with rodent droppings or saliva but can also spread through contact with infected nesting materials or urine. It is important to note the hantavirus can be deadly if left untreated.
Symptoms of the virus include:
- Muscle ache
- Abdominal pain
In some cases, the virus can cause respiratory failure or kidney failure due to high lung or kidney fluid levels.
Who Is At Risk of Hantavirus?
Anyone exposed to an infected rodent or its excrement could potentially contract hantavirus. For example, if you have recently been cleaning out a garage full of mouse droppings or if you’ve been removing insulation from your attic contaminated by rat urine, you are at risk for contracting hantavirus.
It’s also important to note that even though rodents carry the virus, humans cannot directly contract it from another person.
How Can I Protect Myself From Hantavirus?
The best way to protect yourself from hantavirus is to take preventative measures against rodents in your home, such as:
- Sealing up any cracks or holes in your walls and foundation where mice or rats could enter.
- Regularly inspecting your attic and basement for signs of rodent activity.
- Making sure that all food sources are sealed tight.
- Keeping up on regular cleaning and sanitation.
If you find evidence of rodent activity, it’s important to immediately call a pest control professional to remove them safely from your home before spreading any further contamination. Additionally, if you come across an area with rodent droppings or nesting materials, make sure that you wear protective clothing such as gloves and face masks before entering. These precautions are essential, so you don’t inhale any contaminated air particles.
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