Like many afflictions, hantavirus is one which many Canadians write off as one so obscure that it needn’t concern us. Unfortunately, this sentiment is completely false, and any person, as hantavirus in the news shows-no matter how healthy- one can fall sick and even die from the virus.
While there is no vaccine, the good news is that hantavirus is preventable in that it is spread by rodents-deer mice in particular-and is contracted only by inhaling or touching the infected particles. For this reason, it is most important to prevent and eliminate mice from entering your property, and disinfecting thoroughly after an infestation. Continue reading to learn more.
Know the signs and remain a step ahead
The most common sign of a mouse infestation is droppings found in unfrequented areas of the home. You may also notice holes in walls or baseboards, chew marks on furniture, or squeaky sounds in the walls. You may even catch a glimpse of one speeding across the floor.
It is imperative to remove mice from your home at the first suspicion, as they can reproduce up to ten babies every three weeks. To be completely rid of the possibility of hantavirus, the following three steps are necessary:
– Eliminate mice: A professional technician will need to treat the house with commercial-strength rodenticidal baiting treatment. Unlike a fumigation, you do not need to leave your home. The treatment is placed in child- and pet-safe stations.
– Clean and disinfect: Once the threat of mice is removed, the area must be cleaned. Contact a technician to disinfect your home with germicide and to remove droppings. Do not vacuum the droppings yourself, as this may allow the possible contagions to become airborne.
– Prevent future infestations: If mice infested your home once, it can happen again. Be sure to have a professional mouse-proof your house by blocking potential access points around doors, wiring, plumbing, and elsewhere.
Vacation homes and RVs
Properties that are used only on a seasonal basis, or are left unoccupied for months of the year, are particularly vulnerable to infestations. Mice don’t hibernate, so consider hiring a professional to mouse-proof your vacation home or trailer to protect against pests during the long winter months.
Sheds, greenhouses & storage facilities
Rodents will try to enter any building possible, including storage units and external buildings like sheds and greenhouses. As with any building, be on the lookout for any evidence, and contact a technician to prevent infestation. Be sure to empty storage units of their contents each season to notice a problem before it advances.
Commercial spaces are also susceptible to rodents. Office environments often feature unused spaces, vast duct systems, and false floors, which can provide the perfect home for them in hiding. Infestations in commercial spaces can be even more hazardous, with increased foot traffic and advanced air-circulation systems.
Remember that while there is no vaccine for hantavirus, you can prevent infection simply by eliminating mice, disinfecting thoroughly following an infestation, and defending your home from future threats.
Source by Sameer Thawer