Cases of Hantavirus infection have been associated with the following activities in and around the home, farm, cottage or while outdoors.
- Planting or harvesting crops
- Occupying previously vacant cabins or dwellings
- Cleaning barns, cottages and other outbuildings
- Disturbing rodent infested areas while hiking or camping
- Inhabiting dwellings with indoor rodent populations
The best approach for disease control and prevention is through preventing rodent infestations in the home, cottage and work environments.
Once mice take up residence indoors, virtually any techniques used to control mice are effective, including baited and un-baited snap-traps, windup multi-catch mouse traps, glueboards, and anticoagulant rodenticides. Their inquisitive nature makes them easy to trap. Often times, a rodent infestation is underestimated, ensure to use a sufficient number of devices for the job.
If simple and reasonable precautions are followed, the risk of contamination is very slight.
- Cut grass, bush and dense shrubbery within 100 feet of the home.
- As much as possible keep home, cottage and surrounding buildings rodent-free.
- Store hay on pallets and use traps or rodenticide continuously to keep hay rodent free. (Use a rodenticide approved for outside use in covered bait stations to protect children and pets).
- Haul away trash, abandoned vehicles, discarded tires and other items that may serve as rodent nesting sites.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding hantavirus and/or a rodent infestation at your home or cottage. Poulin’s Pest Control has the advice, products, and service options to help you. Call one of our seven branch locations today to speak with an expert.