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How to Get Rid of Mice and Prevent Hantavirus

By: Rita Stadler

 Since I work with the rodent challenged population on a daily basis, my radar for anything related to rodents has become finely tuned.  Maybe that is why the headline of an article in a recent edition of our local paper jumped out at me.  The headline read:  State Health Department issues hantavirus disease warning.  Honestly, before I worked for EarthKind, I had never heard of hantavirus, but now that I am familiar with it, I am scared.  Hantavirus is serious stuff!  It’s not just your run of the mill bug that will inconvenience you, it is potentially fatal.  What makes it even scarier is that you can get it from breathing contaminated air without even knowing it.

Hantavirus symptoms include:
  • fever
  • muscle and body aches
  • fatigue
  • headache
  • dizziness
  • chills
  • nausea and vomiting
  • coughing
  • shortness of breath

Symptoms don’t usually occur until a few weeks after exposure, but they can quickly worsen and become life-threatening.  Since hantavirus has been recognized in the United States in 1993, an alarming 587 cases have been reported, with 37% of them being fatal!  Unfortunately, there is no cure for hantavirus, so prevention is key.

The article in my local paper was targeted toward rural residents, many of whom utilize summer cabins.  About 75% of reported hantavirus cases occurred in rural areas.  The Health Department shared specific instructions for cleaning up after rodent infestations, as that is a common problem when cabins are closed for winter.  The instructions were the same as those recommended by the Center for Disease Control.

In addition to following these instructions to clean up after an infestation, we recommend using Fresh Cab Rodent Repellent to prevent infestations from happening in the first place.  Placing Fresh Cab pouches in a cabin before closing it down for the off-season will keep mice from nesting there, and make cleaning up safer and easier when the next season begins.  Fresh Cab pouches release a pleasant balsam fir scent that rodents find offensive.  Rodents will avoid areas treated with Fresh Cab and you and your property will be protected.  Fresh Cab has been protecting farms and families since 1995.  Trust the original rodent repellent and have a carefree summer!