If you suspect there may be mice scurrying around in your home, don’t wait to call a professional exterminator to get rid of them! Rats and mice are carriers of dangerous pathogens which can cause deadly diseases, one of them being the hantavirus. Don’t risk your family’s health! Call Progreen Termite and Pest Control today at (714) 677-8446 and schedule a free inspection with us!!
Have You Heard Of The Hantavirus?
Infected rats and mice carrying the hantavirus include species such as the cotton rat, the deer mouse, the rice rat, and the white-footed mouse. When humans come into contact with infected rodents and their saliva, urine, or droppings (including through airborne transmission) they can contract the virus and become infected with the hantavirus. If a person is infected with the hantavirus, it can lead to a more serious disease such as the Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) or Hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS). There are several different strains of the hantavirus and each cause dangerous and severe symptoms that can lead to death. Common strains include the Sin Nombre hantavirus and the Black Creek hantavirus.
Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome
HPS or Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome is a fatal disease that is caused by infection from hantavirus. Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome can have an incubation period of anywhere from 1 week to 2 months and can be hard to detect because of its flu-like symptoms. The symptoms include fever, fatigue, and muscle aches in the thighs, hips, and back area. More serious symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, headaches, and abdominal issues such as diarrhea and cramps. Later symptoms include shortness of breath and coughing as the lungs become filled with fluid. The disease can be fatal as it progresses into the later stages because of difficulty in breathing.
Hemorrhagic Fever With Renal Syndrome
HFRS, also known as Hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome includes several subcategories such as the Korean hemorrhagic fever, epidemic hemorrhagic fever, and nephropathia epidemica. HRFS is a disease found around the world because of the prevalence of rodents such as the Norway rat, the striped field mouse, the bank vole, and the yellow-necked field mouse. The disease can develop within a week or up to 2 months after exposure to infected droppings, urine, or saliva. Just as the Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, HFRS includes symptoms such as severe headaches, chills, fever, nausea, vomiting, blurred vomit, low blood pressure, and abdominal and lower back pain, which are all flu-like symptoms. However, in its later stages HFRS is characterized by kidney failure, vascular leakage, and coagulation abnormalities.
According the to Center of Disease Control and Prevention, about 36% of all HPS cases result in death. Of 688 reported cases in 2017, 248 of them were fatal. California is amongst the states with the highest reported cases of Hantavirus Disease. For this reason, we highly recommend residents to take extra precaution against rodent infestations. The best way to protect yourself from Hantavirus Disease is to take preventative measures and hire out rodent control services.
Measures You Can Take To Protect Your Home And Your Family
1. Set Up Mouse Traps
One way to eliminate rodents from your home is to set up mouse traps. You can use foods such as peanut butter to bait the mice and rats in the home. If you suspect you have more than one mouse crawling around in your home, make sure you set up various traps in different parts of the house to be thorough.
2. Close Up Every Crevice
Rats and mice can squeeze their bodies through holes as tiny as a half-dollar. You can bet that closing up any small holes and crevices in your home will be an excellent way of preventing their entry. To seal up these openings, you can use sealants such as caulk or expanding foam. Check around for holes or any gaps in the base floors and the exterior of the home. Also check along gas lines, pipes, and any wirings. If there are rats or mice present, you may also find chewed wires.
3. Keep The Home Clutter-Free
Rodents will often hide in crevices and will coop up in areas that can shelter them. Clearing up the home of any clutter will help prevent rodent nesting areas. Clean up any areas that could potentially attract pests such as food waste and trash. Check under the hood of your vehicles for any droppings as many rodents will sometimes resort to hiding in the warm crevices of your engine.
Call Progreen Termite and Pest Control Today!
If you suspect your home has unwanted visitors such as rats and mice, don’t wait to call a professional to help you! Unfortunately, rats and mice are not harmless and can seriously endanger you and your family’s health. Hantavirus Disease can be fatal and causes severe symptoms that can be misdiagnosed as the flu. Take preventative action to eliminate any chance for infection! Call Progreen Termite and Pest Control today at (714) 677-8446 and schedule a free inspection with us!