Rats and mice may be a nuisance in many areas. They don’t just cause damage; they may also be a health risk because of diseases they may carry. To reduce your chances of encountering rodent pests, you can limit places in homes and businesses where they can find food or shelter.
Rodents can carry diseases that may be transmitted through:
Rodents may also carry ticks or fleas that could transmit disease.
In Washington State, deer mice may carry a type of virus called hantavirus. Hantavirus causes Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS), a serious condition in which the lungs become filled with fluid so that it becomes hard to breathe. Most people require hospital care, and about 1 in 3 people with HPS have died. You might be at risk of HPS if you are cleaning up areas where rodent urine and droppings get stirred up into the air and inhaled.
Clean up rodent droppings carefully.
Visit the Washington State Department of health’s website for more information about cleaning up after and preventing rodent infestations