Facts about Mice

  • Female mice can have babies up to 10 times per year
  • Mice always build nests near food sources, as they can eat up to 20 times per day.
  • Mice can jump, climb and swim very well.

Hantavirus Summary

  • Mice do not get sick from Hantavirus. They can carry the virus and spread it to others through droppings, feces and saliva.
  • Hantavirus can also become airborne. When the feces of an infected mouse are disturbed or broken, the virus can stay viable in the open air for up to 3 days.

Hantavirus Symptoms

  • Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) has a mortality rate of between 30% and 50%. On average there are 3 cases per year reported in Canada. Symptoms of HPS start up to 3 weeks from infection, and progress to a flu-like illness. Fever, fatigue, muscle pains and shortness of breath are commonly reported symptoms.
  • There is no vaccine for Hantavirus infection. Minimizing contact with m ice and mice droppings is the best defense.

Treatment Options

  • Cleaning of feces should be done with care. Wetting the feces before removal will ensure any disease in the droppings will not be let into the air.
  • A professional fumigation from Birch Fumigators will ensure all nests are removed and any stragglers taken care of.
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