Rodents are a problem in so many ways. They are destructive and dirty! Along with being destructive and dirty they can also carry the Hantavirus. This is why it is so important to allow our professionals at The Attic Specialist clean up your rodent infestation.
What is Hantavirus?
Hantavirus is an illness carried by rodents. The virus is transmitted through a rodents urine, feces and saliva. You can catch the illness if you come into contact with urine, feces or saliva from the rodent. This illness can also be spread through the air. If you breathe the air in an enclosed area, such as the attic, where the virus is present you can contract the illness. Hantavirus can lead to hantavirus pulmonary syndrome or HPS.
What are the symptoms of Hantavirus and HPS?
According to the CDC you will start to notice symptoms around one to five weeks after coming into contact with the infected rodent. Early onset of symptoms include fatigue, fever, headache, chills, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. Somewhere around four to ten days after the initial onset of early symptoms you will start to experience shortness of breath and coughing. This is caused from your lungs filling up with fluid.
Is hantavirus transmittable between humans?
There are several strands of hantavirus. There is a strand of hantavirus that is thought to be transmittable from human to human. This strand is most common in South America. However, the strand of hantavirus we most commonly see in the U.S is not transmittable from human to human. In fact, health care workers that have taken care of patients with Hantavirus never came down with any of the symptoms.
This makes it very important to hire professionals to take care of a rodent infestation. When sweeping or vacuuming up rodent feces and nests you can make the ill ness go airborne. When hiring us to clean up the infestation we will use personal protective equipment to ensure we do not breathe in any air that could contain the virus. Along with protecting ourselves we want to ensure that you and your family are also not at risk to come in contact with the potentially infectious virus. We will use special equipment to clean up the mess to ensure your safety and ours. We also have special training to ensure we are cleaning up the infestation as safely as possible.
How to prevent rodent infestation?
After cleaning up the infestation you will want to be sure this is not a problem again. Although keeping rodents from entering can seem impossible The Attic Specialist can make it a little easier. Rodents prefer small dark areas making attics and crawlspaces their preferred area. We will do rodent proofing in your attic and crawlspace. This will prevent any further infestations in the areas rodents are attracted to the most since they prefer small dark areas to make their nests.
Hire The Attic Specialist today to help with your rodent infestation problem. We will do a professional job from start to finish ensuring the problem is resolved. So please don’t put yourself at risk! Let our professionals handle the job for you!