During fall and winter, deer mice often make their way indoors seeking food and shelter. These rodents may be carrying baggage in the form of hantavirus, making deer mice a prime target of Carlsbad NM mouse control.
Here’s what you need to know about hantavirus and how to protect yourself and your family from this disease.
Hantavirus in the U.S.
While hantavirus wasn’t identified in the United States until 1993, it had been found previously in other parts of the world, especially the eastern hemisphere. The first domestic outbreak occurred in the Four Corners region, including New Mexico.
Each strain of hantavirus is primarily associated with a specific type of mouse. Sin Nombre, the hantavirus identified in the initial 1993 outbreak, is usually carried by deer mice.
Causes and Symptoms of Hantavirus
Rodents are the only known carriers of hantavirus, which is not contagious. The disease is contracted through a rodent bite that breaks the skin or inhaling particles due to exposure to mice feces or urine.
Hantavirus presents much like the flu. Primary symptoms include fever, muscle aches, nausea and vomiting, headaches and shortness of breath.
Reducing Chances of Contracting Hantavirus
• Eliminate piles of lumber, insulation or any other material that could serve as nesting sites.
• Keep human and pet food tightly sealed and put away at all times.
Choose Action Pest for Carlsbad NM Mouse Control
Indoor presence of mice should never be tolerated. Contact Action Pest for prompt and safe treatment of animal or insect threats.