Which Rodents Carry the Hantavirus Pathogen?
Hantavirus is a lung and respiratory disease that is caused by pathogens that is found in some species of rodents. More specifically, in their urine and fecal matter. In advanced cases, breathing problems can occur and be life threatening.
According to the CDC – Centers for Disease Control – there are four rodents that can carrry the pathogen that causes Hantavirus. Those are:
- The Cotton Rat, which is found throughout Texas.
- The Rice Rat, which is found along the Eastern border of Texas
- The Deer Mouse, which found throughout the entire US
- The White-footed Mouse which is found throughout Texas, the Midwest, the South and the Eastern portions of the US.
The best way to prevent the spread of Hantavirus is to not have these rodents in or around your home or commercial building. That means aggressive rodent control. Because the pathogens that cause this disease are found in both rodent urine and fecal matter, be sure to use safety precautions when cleaning up those messes.
- Rubber or latex gloves
- A mask that is capable of stopping particulate matter.
- Eye protection that prevents dust and grime from contacting with the mucous membranes of your eyes.
Also, be sure to use proper cleaning materials and to discard those when the job is complete. Also, wash your bucket or reusable container in bleach water to prevent it from becoming a source of infection later.
Controlling rodent populations around your home is important. It only takes a few mice to cause a massive infestation problem. You can learn more about how to prevent rodent infestations by contacting our team. We offer affordable and comprehensive pest control services throughout Bryan and the College Station communities. We are trained, experienced, and we bring a deep understanding of pests and their habits to every job.