The threat of infectious disease was all over the media this past fall with the Ebola virus, but don’t forget the diseases carried, transmitted and spread by rodents. Salmonella, leptospirosis, Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome and plague are still common rodent-transmitted diseases. Protecting your customers, pest technicians, the public and yourself begins with knowledge.
⦁ Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website to find the rodent diseases in your area.
⦁ Implement a program to identify areas where rodent droppings accumulate.
⦁ Note that entering confined spaces with rodent evidence requires proper use of respirators and decontamination procedures.
⦁ Note that removing rodent droppings requires an understanding of decontamination procedures.
⦁ Realize rodent droppings pose some hazard, big or small.
James Rodriguez, ACE, is National Marketing Manager for J.T. Eaton & Co.