Don’t Touch Those Rodent Droppings In Your Home
This is one of those messages that bears constant repetition as a matter of safety for yourself and any children you may have in your household. If you’ve got rodents in your home, there may be times when you’ll need a professional to deal with the problem. But, there may also be times where, if you catch the problem early enough, you can deal with it yourself.
However, when you’re dealing with a rodent infestation, and you start to see evidence of the rodents in your home, the one thing you absolutely, positively, should NOT do is touch any rodent residue you see with your bare hands. This is especially true when it comes to droppings and other particulate matter you might find in a nest.
A Health Threat
Both mice and rats are “vectors” which means they can act as a delivery system for numerous viruses, bacteria and other diseases. While an illness like rabies requires the transfer of body fluid, usually in the form of a bite, there are many other disorders that only require physical contact in order to infect a person. Hantavirus, for example, is contracted through physical contact, and is easily spread.
This means that if you touch mouse droppings, which contain hantavirus, or even use a broom or a vacuum, you can send hantavirus particles flying through the air, potentially spreading through a much larger area of your home.
When cleaning the residue of rodents, use non-absorbent gloves, and make sure that anything you use to wipe or pick up the reside is later disposed of, or sanitized if you want to keep using those particular things. This may sound like a lot of effort just to clean up the remains of a rodent, but even something like Hantavirus has a 38% mortality rate for people that become infected with it. Take no chances when attempting to clean this up yourself, or, if the problem is bigger and more serious, call in the professionals.