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Mouse infestation and your children’s health

Oakville is an excellent place to raise a family. The Halton Region town consistently ranks among the best places in Canada to raise children. When it comes to pest control, many might be surprised to learn that the single family homes found throughout the town are frequently infested with mice. Mouse droppings and nests carry many airborne diseases that can infect your children, partners and pets.

Mouse droppings and urine under a bathroom sink

Mouse droppings and urine under a bathroom sink

Mice can make you sick.

Diseases such as Hantavirus, salmonella and listeria are commonly found in mouse urine, droppings, saliva and nests. All of these viruses can be deadly to any human.

Found in children and young adults, Lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCM) is a viral infection of the brain and spinal cord. LCM is commonly carried by house mice and pet hamsters. It’s transmitted to people by breathing dried particles of mouse urine, feces or saliva. It can be ingested by airborne particles or contaminated food.

Signs and symptoms for LCM

It’s common for children to never show any symptoms. However, it can also be identified by common flu-like symptoms.

  • Nausea
  • Cough
  • Aching
  • Joint or chest pain
  • Fever
  • Headache

Some of these signs may dissipate after a few days. This is just the initial phase of the infection. These symptoms are usually followed by qualities of meningitis or encephalitis such as stiff neck, drowsiness and confusion.

Diagnosis and treatment

Call your pediatrician once your child has developed flu-like illness after coming into contact with a mouse nest or droppings. Doctors use blood tests to identify the virus. Most children fully recover from an LSM infection. There is no medication proven to scure the condition. Patients will need supportive care or hospitalization in more severe cases.

Unsealed utilities are a common mouse entry point

Unsealed utilities are a common mouse entry point

Signs you have a mouse infestation

  • Discovering mouse droppings.
  • Noises in walls or attic at night.
  • Chewed cardboard, newspaper or clothing.
  • Actual mouse sightings. One always means there’s more.

How Oakville’s Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control can help

If you find any evidence of a mouse infestation make sure to call the professionals. Skedaddle has the know-how and equipment to humanely remove any pests. We also clean and sanitize any contaminated areas of your home.

Our technicians will block and secure mouse entry points to prevent future infestations. Call today to learn more about our animal pest removal services – 1-888-592-0387

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About the author:Founder of Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control in 1989. Canada's largest urban wildlife removal and exclusion company. Industry leader and pioneer. Split, Scram, Scoot! However you want to say it, Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control has helped over 200,000 home owners and businesses safely and effectively resolve their wildlife issues. Happy to discuss business and franchising opportunities

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