Remove Mice From Minnesota Home
The deer mouse is one of the most familiar rodents found in North America. The deer mouse is about the size of a common house mouse. Their color ranges from pale gray to deep reddish brown. The tail is always sharply bicolored; it is white below and dark above.
Habitat and Habits
This species is very adaptable and inhabits nearly every dry-land habitat within its range. They can be found in forests, grasslands, brushlands, agricultural fields and deserts.
Deer mice may appear harmless, but they are known carriers of dangerous diseases such as Hantavirus. Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome is
transmitted when urine and feces are disturbed. Extreme care should be employed when disposing of deer mouse droppings.
The droppings, saliva and urine of certain rodent species are known to transmit Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS). Disturbance of the droppings causes the virus to go airborne in a process known as aerosolization. Deer mice are the most common transmitters of HPS.
Although transmission is rare, HPS can prove deadly if left untreated. Symptoms include tachycardia and tachypn
oea. Cardiovascular shock may occur in severe cases. Rodent control is still considered the most effective prevention of HPS. Contact your local pest control professional to discuss extermination options.
Note: Rodent Droppings
Rodent droppings should be handled with utmost care. Particularly after they have dried, feces can be reservoirs of a variety of dangerous diseases and viruses. These dry droppings break apart upon contact and release airborne particles that may enter your nasal passages, causing infection.
Do not handle droppings in your home without first taking preventive measures. Tightly fitted facemasks and rubber gloves are highly advisable. Avoid sweeping or vacuuming the location, as this may lead to further release and dispersal of virus particles. Sterilization of affected areas with spray disinfectant is recommended.