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Health Risks of Mice in your Home

Besides the annoyances that a mouse infestation can cause—there are also health risks involved to exposure of both the mice and their droppings. As this article explains ridding your home of mice can prevent health issues. A disease known as Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) is spread by contaminated dust from the mice’s droppings, urine and/or saliva. HPS is fatal in over half of its cases. Once exposed to the Hantavirus signs of sickness can take up to 5 weeks to appear. These symptoms include: fever, chills, muscle aches and pains, nausea and vomiting. After the initial symptoms, you could start to experience a shortness of breath and need to seek medical help.

Besides HPS there are also other dangers that are spread by mouse allergens. Mice (and rats) are a serious and very prevalent cause of allergies and asthma. Being exposed can lead to:

  • Allergies
  • Asthma symptoms (wheezing, difficulty breathing, etc.
  • Full-blown asthma attack
  • Asthma-related illnesses

Mouse allergen is found in the urine and dander and can be anywhere in your home if you have mice. Some indicators that you may have a mice infestation are cracks and holes in walls or doors, open food in the kitchen, and mouse droppings.

For all of these reasons it is important to keep your home free of mice and rodents. If you suspect you have an infestation or have any other animal control needs contact Shumaker Animal Control at 443-854-8072 or click here.

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