There are a ton of reasons that we don’t want rodents and other pests living in our house. They get into our food and water, they can damage our belongings, cause structural damage to the house, or they may be poisonous, and in some cases, even deadly. But there is another reason which is often overlooked, pests can carry other pests and diseases which can be even more dangerous than the original pests themselves.
At the end of last week, a California man died after he contracted the deadly hantavirus. The sources don’t know exactly where he contracted the deadly disease, but believe it was probably in the lodging area of the cabins in Yosemite National Park. After an investigation by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and other state officials, the disease was found in the feces of a deer mouse in the lodgings. It is possible that others may have contracted the disease as well.
The Hanta virus is contained in the rodents droppings, urine, and saliva and humans can be transmitted to humans if they breath air that has been contaminated by the virus.
The scary part is that you would have no idea that you were breathing contaminated air. Urine or droppings can be difficult to spot and will usually not be out in the open. In fact, they could be in the walls where you can’t see them at all.
Rodents can carry all kinds of diseases and parasites. Rodents can be difficult enough to get out of your house, but it can be even more difficult if you have to also deal with fleas, ticks, and other pests.
Make sure that your house is sealed up well and that water and food are stored safely. You can find a guide on preparing your house against rodents here: Auburn Pest Control: Protect Your House From Rodents.
If you already have rodents or pests in your home, please give us a call immediately.
You can also find more on the original story of the hanta virus here: