October 14, 2013

Can Mice Feces Hurt Me?

Often times when mice feces are found within a garage, NJ homeowners will not hesitate to take the push broom and sweep it into a pile or worse yet take the blower to blow the feces out the door.  While these may seem like logical ways to quickly rid an area of the tiny feces, there is a hidden danger to this method of disposal that most homeowners are not aware of.

Many rodents, especially mice, are known to carry various viruses and bacteria in their feces.  Because their feces are so small, they naturally will decompose faster than larger animals feces.  Microscopic airborne fecal matter and urine from mice that is stirred up will expose those nearby to dangerous and sometimes deadly disease transmission.

The fecal matter, urine, and saliva in mice can contain bacteria and viruses such as Salmonellosis, Tularemia, Leptospirosis, and Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome.  Breathing the dust that is created from contaminated urine or feces, direct contact with their feces or urine, being bitten by an infected mouse, or handling an infected carcass can all cause sickness or death.

Because of the dangers involved, it is not recommended that homeowners take the risk of self-treating for mice removal.  It is best to call a Bergen County NJ Pest Control professional like Heritage Pest Control who has extensive experience in mice elimination, exclusion, and rodent damage repair services.