Can you get hantavirus from old mouse droppings?

Can you get hantavirus from old mouse droppings?

Most people believe that mice are simply an aggravation. They have no idea that they are also a serious health risk. A lot of people will clean up mouse droppings with their bare hands and no mask or respirator. This can lead to several dangerous diseases including the Hantavirus. This is a virus-specific to rodents, mice especially. 

If you are dealing with rodents, it is best to call a professional mouse removal service in the Greater Toronto Area.

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (or HPS) is a dangerous and possibly fatal respiratory disease that results from being infected with hantavirus. While the chance of catching it is very small, developed countries rarely get even one case in a year, but it is still a danger and if you do catch it, it can be a serious health issue. 

If you have a mouse infestation you will need to take it seriously. Do not attempt to clean up feces and urine without a face mask and gloves. Better yet, call a professional. The dangers of hantavirus are everywhere when you have a rodent infestation. They will chew through any food packaging that is not stored in tight sealing hard plastic containers. And even then, given enough time they can chew through that too. If you eat food that has been defecated or urinated on by a mouse your chances of catching the illness increase a great deal. 

If your home is cluttered then you will want to clear it out. Clutter is a mouse’s best friend and they will make great use of piles of boxes, old newspapers, and stored food. They will chew through boxes and make a nest in your food storage which is a dangerous situation. That is why it is important to throw away all unsealed or affected food to ensure the safety of your family.

One thing you can do to keep mice away while being slightly odd is very effective. Mice have no gag reflex and their windpipes are very small. If something long and thin gets caught in their mouth they will suffocate and die. What would do that to a mouse? The answer will surprise you. Human hair. Human hair is like a thin thread that can float in the air. Mice will refuse to walk over human hair so if you sprinkle cut hair over your floor the mice will be forced to stay in the wall and starve. Be wary though, the mouse will start to cannibalize each other in the walls, but at least they will be dead. 

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