One of the more unpleasant aspects of pest control is cleaning up mouse feces. You may think it’s no more difficult than cleaning up after your dog, but there are real dangers associated with mouse droppings that you need to be aware of before attempting to deal with the situation.
A mouse will produce anywhere from 50 to 75 tiny pellets a day. Since mice spend much of the time scurrying around, their feces get deposited across a wide area, making it hard to contain the mess. Your first instinct may be to simply sweep floors and under furniture, hoping to collect it all.
However, this could potentially make the problem far worse. Mouse droppings are prime carriers for germs and viruses that can spread to humans. The most serious of these is Hantavirus which causes an intense, sometimes deadly respiratory illness. Transmission of the virus occurs when the pellets mix with dust and it becomes airborne during sweeping.
Mouse feces can also harbor the virus that causes LCM, a form of meningitis that’s not usually fatal but has painful flu-like symptoms. Food or drink that becomes contaminated by droppings can cause salmonella, resulting in digestive distress that can progress to dehydration.
If your home has been the site of a mouse infestation, don’t take any chances handling it yourself. The certified technicians of our Monmouth County, NJ exterminator service can remove the problem safely and thoroughly, giving you and your family peace of mind. Contact Allison Pest Control for more information.
An infestation of mice in your Monmouth County NJ garage this winter could place you at risk of contracting potentially the deadly hantavirus next spring. Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome is a rare but often fatal respiratory disease that can be contracted by breathing dust that contains decayed mouse feces. The virus is carried in the saliva, feces and urine of white-footed deer mice which frequently invade Monmouth and Ocean County homes and garages in search of food and shelter during the winter.
A single mouse deposits about 70 fecal pellets a day. Because mice typically live in communal groups, a small community of mice may be using your garage as a public restroom. Over the course of the winter, accumulating mouse feces dry out and turn to dust. When you sweep out your garage in the spring, that dust and the deadly virus it carries become airborne. With each breath, your risk of contracting hantavirus rises.
In 2012, U.S. health officials issued a worldwide alert after an outbreak of hantavirus at Yosemite National Park killed three people and sickened numerous others when deer mice built nests between the canvas walls of tent cabins rented to vacationers.
The white-footed deer mouse common to Monmouth County NJ is light brown to black and is distinguished by a white underbelly and its signature white feet. Typically living in outdoor burrows or wood piles, deer mice are common winter visitors to Monmouth County homes and garages and Ocean County vacation cabins.
Don’t place yourself at risk. At the first sign of mice, contact the experienced mice exterminators at Allison Pest Control for fast, effective service.
Don’t be fooled by their soft fur, big eyes, and oversized ears. The house mouse is nothing like those cartoon or Disney characters that you love to see on television and the big screen! Mice that infest your home or business can be a problem.
Pest control experts in Monmouth County, NJ say that there is no such thing as having just one mouse. If breeding conditions are right, a pair of fertile mice will breed at an alarming rate. Each pair of mice can have up to 12 babies in their litter. Those babies are able to reproduce in about 7 weeks. The amount of babies that just one pair of mice can produce in their lifetime is mind boggling. If allowed to live, in a matter of months, it is not uncommon for 2 fertile mice to turn into 250 mice running throughout your home.
Mice constantly dribble urine and leave feces wherever they travel. All rodent waste is hazardous to humans as it contains pathogens that can cause mild to severe problems. Hantavirus is one virus that everyone should be mindful of if mice are present. People become infected with the virus when they accidently encounter or mishandle Hantavirus infected feces, urine, or infected rodents.
Hantavirus was first recognized in the United States when it was discovered that several people from the “4 Corners” area of New Mexico died unexpectedly. Further investigation from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention revealed that many other people had also become very ill during the same timeframe. It was soon realized that the extensive mice population was the cause of the Hantavirus which eventually lead to Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS). On October of 2011, FoxNews.com reported that a Wyoming man had died from HPS.
Disease causing pests should not be allowed to roam throughout your home. Don’t let mice have the opportunity to breed; contact Allison Pest Control for fast mice removal services.