Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, or HPS, is just one of over 35 known diseases rodents can transmit to people. HPS is a respiratory infection that can be life threatening. For one Saskatchewan woman, her brush with HPS was life-altering. Although she was fortunate enough to survive, recovery was a long road. She shared her story with local news outlet CBC News.
Another story that is very promising in terms of preventing the transmission of HPS and other rodent related diseases is that of Kari Warberg Block and her success as the inventor of Fresh Cab Botanical Rodent Repellent. She invented this scent based repellent while living on a farm since mice were always moving into tractor cabs and pickup trucks that sat unused all winter long. She didn’t want to use snap traps or toxic poisons around her children, pets and other livestock. Preventing rodents naturally made perfect sense to her.
She experimented with different scents until she found the right blend that made rodents flee the area time and time again. She contracted multiple independent studies to prove the efficacy of her product and earned a Federal EPA pesticide registration for Fresh Cab.
Repelling mice before they enter will help prevent HPS and other rodent related diseases because there will never be contact with rodents. When using other methods of mouse control like mouse traps or rat poison, the user is still left with the task of disposing of caught or dead rodents, and risks exposure to dangerous pathogens. When rodents avoid areas treated with Fresh Cab, people are able to avoid coming into contact with the diseases rodents carry.
Learn more about DIY pest prevention and how to protect yourself against rodent related diseases like HPS in our Pest Library.
Read the original news story of hantavirus survivor Lorinda Ratzlaff here: Saskatchewan hantavirus survivor recalls long road to recovery.