Animal Intruders and Bio-Hazard Clean-up
Now that Winter is over and Spring has arrived, the birds, bees and other animals will be emerging from the safe place they found to hunker down through the cold weather. Animals will hide and sleep anywhere they can get into, including, but not limited to a hole in a tree, under a deck or foundation or the rafters of your attic. Unfortunately, unlike humans, animals do not use indoor plumbing and have no problem doing their business where ever they can.
Anything from the cute, fuzzy little rascal that has been camping out in your walls all winter to the feathery friends roosting on your Attic rafters could be the cause your animals or family members are severely ill. Animal fecal matter is considered hazardous waste and should be disposed of in an appropriate fashion.
- Toxoplasmosis is usually spread by exposure to infected CAT feces and eating undercooked meat. The parasite is only known to reproduce sexually in the cat family and it can infect most types of warm-blooded animals, including humans.
- When it comes to BIRDS, there may be more than just avian fluto be worried about. It has been suggested that there are over 60 other diseases that birds and their droppings can carry. The problem is especially worrisome in residential areas, as many of them are airborne and can be transferred to humans just by being around droppings.
- Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) is a serious respiratory disease transmitted by infected RODENTS through urine, droppings or saliva. Humans can contract the disease when they breathe in aerosolized virus. HPS was first recognized in 1993 and has since been identified throughout the United States. Although rare, HPS is potentially deadly.
Cats, Birds and Rodents are the most common intruders to a home or business. There are many excellent resources available for locating information about a particular illness or disease. You can also call your local Health Department for more information.
It is advised that you do not attempt to remove the animal on your own. You could risk illness and injury not only to yourself, but to the animal as well. Contact Animal Control immediately.
SERVPRO of Wilson/Nashville specializes in removing, disposing and sanitizing materials that have been affected by animal waste. Call us today to schedule a consult.