- Published on 2016-12-10 10:15:03
As the cold weather has set upon us, our vacant or vacation homes are being occupied by unwanted guests such as squirrels and mice. We have seen an increase in this type of activity this year. These rodents are looking for both warm spaces to seek shelter as well as food sources. Deer mice which are common in the Pacific Northwest also can spread a potentially deadly fatal respiratory illness to humans known as HPS (Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome). This disease can be spread through a variety of means such as:
- Breathing in dust that is contaminated with rodent urine or droppings
- Direct contact with rodents or their urine and droppings
- Bite wounds, although this does not happen frequently
A mouse can leave anywhere from 50 - 75 pellet droppings per day. Deer mice will typically move indoors if human presence is limited or infrequent which is the typical scenario of most vacation homes. The females can breed 3 - 4 times per year with litters of 3 - 6 young mice. Consequently, their population numbers can increase quickly without predators. Within the indoor environment, there are no predators to control their population growth.
One of the specific issues we check for on each HomeWatch visit is the evidence of rodent feces droppings and then implementation of corrective measures to address this invasion. It is essential to recognize and identify these unwanted inhabitants before populations increase resulting in more significant clean up and eradication measures. If you have a vacant or vacation home, we encourage you to contact us about our services. We can be reached at 509-393-3652 or visit our website