Why you Should Leave Decontamination of Rodent Droppings in the Hands of Specialists
At some point in everyone’s life, you will probably encounter a rodent-infested area. When this happens in a space that needs to be cleaned and decontaminated, it may be tempting to grab some cleaner and just clean it up. However, this is a bad idea, and there are real dangers of rodent droppings. When it comes to this biohazards decontamination, it is best left in the hands of specialists.
Dangers of Guano and Rodent Droppings
The primary danger from rodent contamination is the threat of hantavirus. Rodent droppings and urine can carry a risk of passing on hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS). This is a serious respiratory disease that can be transmitted when breathed in. Anyone who comes into contact with a carrier rodent is at risk to inhale this disease. Although rare, hantavirus pulmonary syndrome is potentially deadly.
The symptoms of HPS include
- Muscle Soreness
- Nausea / Vomiting / Diarrhea
- Headache and dizziness
- Shortness of breath, chest tightness
These symptoms do not immediately appear, and may take anywhere from 2 to 5 weeks to manifest.
Every precaution should be taken to ensure that workers and building occupants are protected from the diseases carried or transported by rodents, birds and / or bats.
Enviro-Vac technicians use specialized equipment that is designed to safely and efficiently remove rodent droppings.