Dangers of rodents in your home
Do rats and mice give you the creeps? Is the thought of rats and mice racing around in your home unseen keeping you up at the wee hours night? Rodents make most us feel keenly grossed out. Honestly, it’s for good reason. Wild rodents carry many harmful diseases. Having them in your home is more than a nuisance, it’s potentially very hazardous to your health.
Hanta virus is one of the greatest health concerns associated with mouse droppings. The virus lives inside mice feces and when disturbed can become airborne. Humans that inhale the disease are most at risk for transmission. During the cleaning process, every effort should be made to prevent stirring up harmful dusts.
Early symptoms of Hanta virus:
Early symptoms include fatigue, fever and muscle aches, especially in the large muscle groups—thighs, hips, back, and sometimes shoulders. These symptoms are universal. There may also be headaches, dizziness, chills, and abdominal problems, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain
How to clean mouse droppings safely:
- Begin by airing out the infected space. Open as many doors and windows as possible for at least 30 minutes to allow for proper ventilation. Remain out of the space during this time.
- Be sure to wear proper safety equipment during clean up. It is recommended to wear a full-face respirator with certified P100 filter cartridges. These can be purchased at safety supply stores. Disposable paper dust masks do not provide the same amount of protection and should not be used to clean up toxic messes. Non-absorbent or rubber gloves should also be worn.
- To prevent hazardous particles from becoming airborne never sweep or vacuum mouse droppings.
- Carefully soak all infected surfaces with commercial grade disinfectant. A mixture of 1 part bleach to 10 parts water can also be used.
- Wipe up all droppings and nesting material using a paper towel and dispose of in well-sealed plastic bags. Place bags outside in a sealed container and put out for garbage collection. Be sure to dispose of gloves and towels as well.
- Thoroughly wash hands and clothing in with soap and water.