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  • Insulation Removal on US Air Force Reserve Base Rodents May Transmit The Hantavirus To Humans
  • Attic Cleaning at Google offices Rodents May Transmit The Hantavirus To Humans
  • Insulation Removal at Toyota offices Rodents May Transmit The Hantavirus To Humans
  • Attic Cleaning at AAA offices Rodents May Transmit The Hantavirus To Humans
  • Attic Cleaning at State Farm offices Rodents May Transmit The Hantavirus To Humans
  • Insulation Removal at Wells Fargo branch Rodents May Transmit The Hantavirus To Humans
  • Rodents May Transmit The Hantavirus To Humans
  • Attic Cleaning and Insulation Removal for Caltrans offices Rodents May Transmit The Hantavirus To Humans
  • Insulation Removal at off campus housing Rodents May Transmit The Hantavirus To Humans
  • Bird droppings cleanup in parking deck Rodents May Transmit The Hantavirus To Humans
  • Rodents May Transmit The Hantavirus To Humans

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Small Space Attic Cleaning - San Diego
Small Space Attic Cleaning – San Diego
Small Space Attic Cleaning – San Diego
Attic Debris Cleanup - Rancho Santa Fe
Attic Debris Cleanup – Rancho Santa Fe
Attic Debris Cleanup – Rancho Santa Fe
Blown Insulation Removal – Napa
Blown Insulation Removal – Napa
Blown Insulation Removal – Napa

Recent Posts

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Blown Insulation Vs Batt Insulation
February 10, 2016 Attic Guys
Blown Insulation vs. Rolled or Batt Insulation

When installing insulation in your home, there are several important decisions to make. These decisions…

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September 16, 2015 Attic Guys
The Benefits of a Well-Insulated Attic

Most people know, as homeowners, that they should probably insulate their attic, but what are…

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Attic Condensation
May 1, 2014 Logan A
Causes and Solutions For Attic Condensation

Condensation in the attic is a serious problem that must be addressed by homeowners. If…

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Rodents May Transmit The Hantavirus To Humans

Warning: Rodents May Transmit The Hantavirus To Humans

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HPS is deadly respiratory disease that’s transmitted through rodents.

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) is a potentially fatal disease that’s transmitted by rats, mice and other rodents. It’s characterized by flu-like symptoms that begin to manifest between 1-5 weeks after infection. Because it’s spread through the feces and urine of infected rodents, homeowners need to take the necessary precaution to exterminate and prevent rodents from accessing their home.

According to the U.S. Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HPS has a mortality rate of roughly 38%, making it an incredibly dangerous disease. Some people assume rodent infestations are merely a nuissance, but this disease reveals the potentially life-threatening complications that may arise when sharing a home with rodents. The symptoms of HPS are mild at first and then progress into more serious issues, such as fluid buildup in the lungs.

Symptoms of HPS:

  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Muscle aches
  • Body aches
  • Dizziness
  • Coughing
  • Chills
  • Lethargy
  • Tightness in chest
  • Trouble breathing
  • Fluid buildup in chest

What Causes The Hantivirus?

The hantavirus is transmitted to humans through the feces and urine of infected rodents. When a person touches the urine or feces of an infected rodent — and then touches their face or mouth — they may catch the disease. In addition, HPS is also transmitted through the air, meaning a person catch the disease simply by breathing in the air around an infected rodent’s urine or feces. The CDC  states the following on their website:

“Rodent infestation in and around the home remains the primary risk for hantavirus exposure. Even healthy individuals are at risk for HPS infection if exposed to the virus.

Is HPS Transmittable Between Humans?

To date, there have been no known cases of HPS being transmitted from one person to another. A study was recently performed to determine whether or not HPS was transmittable between humans. During the study, researchers analyzed the data of healthcare workers who were given the task of caring for people with HPS. Researchers noted that none of the healthcare workers had caught the disease, leaving them to believe that it is not transmittable between humans.

Unfortunately, there’s no cure for HPS, as doctors can only treat the symptoms caused by the disease.

How To Protect Yourself and Your Family Against HPS

Being that the disease is transmitted through rodents, the most important precaution you can take to protect yourself, and your family, against HPS is to keep rodents out of your home. If you’re struggling with a rodent infestation in your home, contact the Attic Guys today for a FREE house inspection.

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How To Get Rid of Dead Mouse Odors

question-trade-world-11479-lThe stench of a dead and decaying mouse inside the home is enough to drive anyone crazy. It’s hard to fully enjoy your home when you’re forced to smell this undeniably foul odor each time you take a breath. And to make matters worse, it can several weeks for the smell to fully go away if you simply try to “wait it out.”

Before you go packing your luggage and heading out to the nearest hotel, there are a couple of things you can do to eliminate the bad odors.

Avoid Air Fresheners

First and foremost, do not attempt to mask the odor using an air freshener. Nine out of ten times this will only make the smell worse by mixing it with other chemicals. Air fresheners work by adding fragrant chemicals to the air, and using them when there’s a dead mouse around will create an even stronger stench that lingers in your home.

Use White Vinegar

Placing a small bowl of white vinegar in the room where the odor is most severe may help eliminate some of the stench. Vinegar has its own sour odor, but it’s also a highly effective disinfectant that kills odor-causing germs and bacteria. Allowing the bowl to sit uncovered encourages the vinegar to evaporate; thus, killing some of the odor-causing germs.

You really have two different options when it comes to dead mouse odors: you can attempt to find and remove the dead mouse, or you can wait for it to naturally decay. Most normal-sized mice should decay in 1-2 weeks time; however, larger mice and rats may take longer. If the smell is simply too much for you and your family to bear, it’s recommended that you find and remove the corpse rather than waiting for it to decay.

Locating The Dead Mouse

Try to locate the origin of the dead mouse by walking throughout your home and smelling the air. It’s not a pleasant or enjoyable task by any means, but the odor will be stronger around the mouse. Check in rooms, crawlspaces, basements, attics, garages, storage sheds any anywhere else you can easily access, paying close attention to the odor levels.

In the event that you can’t find or access the dead mouse (it’s not uncommon for mice to die behind walls), you can always contact the Attic Guys for a fast and friendly professional rodent removal service.

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Are Rats Living In Your Attic? Signs of a Rat Infestation

The warm, sheltered habitat of an attic offers the perfect breeding grounds for rats and rodents. They may gain access to the attic through a small hole or opening that’s no larger than a nickel. Here, rats may continue to scavenge for food without fear of being scooped up by a hawk, owl, fox or any other natural predator. Unfortunately, rat infestations in the attic creates a serious health risk to family members, which is why it’s important to prevent them.

Before you can treat a rat infestation, however, you must first check to make sure these rodents are truly to blame. The sound of what “appears” to be rats scampering throughout your attic could be nothing more than water flushing down the pipes, or it could be the sound of squirrels running across the roof. So, how do you know if rats are living in your attic?

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Droppings and Urine

The most obvious indicator of a rat infestation in the attic is the presence of feces and urine. It’s not something most homeowners want to think about, but rats defecate several times a day, leaving behind small, rice-sized droppings. Using a flashlight, carefully inspect your attic for signs of droppings and small patches of urine. Due to the potential for disease and bacteria transmission, it’s recommended that you avoid touching rat droppings or feces with your bare hands.

Chewing

Another sign of a rat infestation in the attic is chewed-up debris. Rats have incredibly powerful teeth and jaws and can literally chew their way through just about anything, including metal and solid concrete. Some of the items that a rat may chew through in the attic include rolls of insulation, cardboard boxes, electrical wires (serious fire hazard) and wooden planks.

Night Activity

Rats, like most rodents, are nocturnal, meaning they come at night to search for food and water. If you’re experiencing a rat infestation, you’ll likely hear them scampering around the attic at night. Squirrels, on the other hand, typically rest during the night. Daytime sounds coming from your attic are likely squirrels, whereas nighttime sounds are rats, mice or some other type of rodent.

These are just a few of the tall-tale signs of a rat infestation to look for. It’s important to take immediate action from the first sign of an infestation to keep their numbers from spiraling out of control. Rats are more than just a nuisance; they are a serious threat to you and your family’s health.

 

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