An infestation of mice in your home can have a serious impact on your family’s health and well-being. Mice nest inside homes for safety and to be close to food sources. Quite often that food source is located in your kitchen cupboards and pantry. Mouse droppings or chewed food packaging in the kitchen are signs of a major infestation that should not be taken lightly.
Mice are constantly urinating and defecating, contaminating every surface they touch. Disease and bacteria are easily tracked across appliances, countertops and utensils on their paws and fur.
Below is a list of some of the health concerns commonly associated with mice:
Allergies and Asthma
Studies have shown that high exposure to mouse urine and droppings lead to the development of severe asthma in children. Children who grow up exposed to high amounts of mouse allergens are also more at risk for developing certain types of allergies.
Hantavirus is a viral disease often carried by deer mice and other rodents. The disease lives inside mouse feces and can become airborne if droppings are disturbed. When inhaled, the potentially fatal virus can be passed on to humans. The disease begins with flu-like symptoms that can take weeks to appear.
Salmonella bacteria are often carried inside the intestinal tract of mice. The bacteria may be passed on to humans through food and water contaminated by mouse droppings. Severe forms of the illness are most likely to occur in the elderly, infants and those with weakened immune systems.
Lyme disease is carried by ticks that live on a host of animals including, mice, deer, raccoons, squirrels, and chipmunks. The disease is spread to humans through the bite from an infected tick. The risk for contraction increases the longer a tick stays attached to the skin. Early signs include skin rash and flu-like symptoms. The disease is treated with antibiotics.
Living with mice can be dangerous for your health. Allowing a mouse problem to grow and persist increases the likelihood of impacting your health. It is important to take action against mice at the first sign of detection. To find out how Skedaddle can rid your home of mice and keep you safe call 1-888-592-0387.
How to Safely Clean Mouse Droppings
Mice are carriers of potential diseases and bacteria. Areas of your home infested by mice will no doubt contain considerable amounts of urine, feces and saliva. Once all the mice have been removed and their continued entry prevented then it is important to clean up the mess. Mouse contamination inside cupboards, behind appliances or on top of counters can very be very dangerous stuff. It is essential that certain safety measures are observed.
Hantavirus is one of the greatest health concerns associated with mouse droppings. The virus lives inside mice feces and when disturbed can become airborne. Humans that inhale the disease are most at risk for transmission. During the cleaning process, every effort should be made to prevent stirring up harmful dust.
- Begin by airing out the infected space. Open as many doors and windows as possible for at least 30 minutes to allow for proper ventilation. Remain out of the space during this time.
- Be sure to wear proper safety equipment during cleanup. It is recommended to wear a full-face respirator with certified P100 filter cartridges. These can be purchased at safety supply stores. Disposable paper dust masks do not provide the same amount of protection and should not be used to clean up toxic messes. Non-absorbent or rubber gloves should also be worn.
- To prevent hazardous particles from becoming airborne never sweep or vacuum mouse droppings.
- Carefully soak all infected surfaces with commercial grade disinfectant. A mixture of 1 part bleach to 10 parts water can also be used.
- Wipe up all droppings and nesting material using a paper towel and dispose of in well-sealed plastic bags. Place bags outside in a sealed container and put out for garbage collection. Be sure to dispose of gloves and towels as well.
- Thoroughly wash hands and clothing in with soap and water.
Cleaning Mouse Droppings in the Attic
Mice that have found their way into a home will spend a great deal of time in the attic. The warm and darkness of attics makes it an ideal place for mice to hide and breed. Homeowners can often go years without knowing they have mice attic and shocked to discover just how much activity has been going on just above their heads.
With time, attic that is home to mice will begin to show significant evidence. One quick look into the attic will reveal not only their tunnels through the insulation but also the thousands of droppings they have left behind. Mice scatter their droppings wherever they go, making it impossible to perform spot clean ups. In many cases, a full attic restoration is required.
Mouse droppings inside your attic are not only harmful to your health; they can also significantly hurt the value of your home. Documented mouse activity on home inspector’s report will not go unnoticed by potential buyers. To avoid this situation is may be necessary to remove and replace all contaminated insulation.
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