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What is the hantavirus?

Sometimes we tend to overlook the dangers that rats and mice may bring into our home. A common infection that is found in some rats and mice is the hantavirus as they are the primary carriers of this infection. The hantavirus should not be taken lightly as it can lead to the Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) which can be fatal. A common misconception is that you only get the hantavirus if you are bitten or scratched by a rodent. However, that reality is that most people become infected by inhaling dust that is contaminated by the droppings of rodents or touching their urine proceeding to then touching their mouth, eyes, or nose.


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    How Does it Happen?

    Unfortunately, becoming infected with the hantavirus is easier than it seems. For example, let’s say you have a rodent infestation, and you are cleaning as you clean if the dust created is infected, and you inhale it, you are now exposed and infected with the hantavirus. If you have children and they touch infected rodent urine with then proceeding to touch their or your mouth, nose, and eyes, the hantavirus has been transmitted, and now you and your child are infected.

    Why is this a serious issue?

    Unfortunately, there is no specific treatment for this infection. There is also no vaccine to prevent the hantavirus. There are chances of survival if a person who gets infected gets intensive care immediately. If you or someone you know has been exposed to infected rodent and you are feeling symptoms relating to the hantavirus, please seek professional healthcare immediately.

    If you have a rodent infestation in and around your home, take the following precautions suggested by the CDC to reduce the risk of the hantavirus:

    • Seal up rodent entry holes or gaps with steel wool, lath metal, or caulk.
    • Trap rats and mice by using an appropriate snap trap.
    • Clean up rodent food sources and nesting sites and take precautions when cleaning rodent-infected areas:
    • Use cross-ventilation when entering a previously unventilated enclosed room or dwelling prior to cleanup.
    • Put on rubber, latex, vinyl or nitrile gloves.
    • Do not stir up dust by sweeping. *It is RECOMMENDED to vacuum instead not to release fibers you can inhale.
    • Thoroughly wet contaminated areas with a bleach solution or household disinfectant.
    • Hypochlorite (bleach) solution: Mix 1 and 1/2 cups of household bleach in 1 gallon of water.
    • Once everything is wet, take up contaminated materials with damp towel and then mop or sponge the area with bleach solution or household disinfectant.
    • Spray dead rodents with disinfectant and then double-bag along with all cleaning materials and throw bag out in an appropriate waste disposal system.
    • Remove the gloves and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water (or waterless alcohol-based hand rubs when soap is not available and hands are not visibly soiled).


    When doing these steps on your own, proceed with caution as it can be very easy to be infected. It recommended allowing professionals handle a rodent infestation to avoid risks of being infected with the hantavirus. As it is easier to be infected with this virus than one may think. If you or someone you know is dealing with an infestation, do not hesitate and contact Rodents Stop today: 818-583-7287.


    Source: CDC Centers For Disease Control and Prevention – Hantavirus

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    • Paul K.Los Angeles, CA

      February 15, 2018

      I had a recurrent problem of rats winding up in my attic and had tried a couple of other pest control services over a few years, with the problem always recurring after a short while. I decided to give Rodents Stop a try after reading some of the reviews here on Yelp. They came out and explained how the (essentially temporary) measures I'd taken before would never really keep the rats away for good, due to the scents/pheromones that were remaining in my attic (leading them to keep trying to find ways in).

    • Kian A. Encino, CA

      February 15, 2018

      For months I denied the overwhelming reality-I had a major rat infestation! And all my efforts to quell the populating rodents were in vain. After the rats had chewed into my couch trying to get the food left behind by my kids, that's when I knew the problem was bigger than I could handle by myself. All the rat traps, from mechanical to electronic were no match for nature biggest little beasts. It was like trying to get Miley Cyrus to just go away, it's just not gonna happen.

    • Jay J.Northridge, CA

      February 15, 2018

      If you have a rodent problem, these are the guys to call! The lifetime guarantee is amazing; what better way to eradicate rodents and make sure they stay gone forever. They check the entire perimeter of your home--top to bottom--to ensure it is completely closed off to any future unwanted guests. They will make as many house calls as needed to address customer concerns. Seriously, give these guys a call. You won't regret it!

    • Daviozzz A. Los Angeles, CA

      February 15, 2018

      These guys really know what their doing. I had an ongoing problem for about 6 months, I could not sleep at night, my dog was driving me crazy. They came out and did their famous rodent treatment. No noises for about a month. Thank you guys.

    • Molly H. Los Angeles, CA

      February 15, 2018

      Zeev, Heather, Ivan and the rest of the team are fantastic! We knew there was some rodent activity in our attic, but didn't do anything about it until the nasty critters got into our home and actually chewed a hole in the hard plastic elbow of our dishwasher drain line! We called Rodent Stop, and Zeev came out for an inspection and gave us a quote the very next day. We were relieved to have a plan of attack, and Ivan and his team took over the next morning. They started early, and by mid-afternoon had cleared away all evidence of the rodent activity (including all the scent trails). In addition to getting rid of the existing evidence, the team had patched up all of the access points, and left some traps in all the areas that had shown prior signs of activity to avoid future activity. It has been a week, and we are ecstatic with the results. While we heard some scratching activity the first few days (which was likely coming from outside where Ivan's team had patched some access points), the scratching has now ceased. Zeev came back yesterday, and confirmed that all of the "inside" traps -- i.e., those in enclosed spaces (i.e., our living quarters, the attic and crawlspace) -- remain armed and undisturbed, which indicates to us that the patching did the trick. The only trap that went off is in an outdoor shed that needs overall repair, and can't be made rodent proof at this time. That trap did catch one mouse, which was removed and the trap replaced. Assuming there is no further activity between now and Friday, we'll move forward with the new insulation in the attic, and be done -- all in very short order. Thanks Rodent Stop!!!

    • Sean M. Los Angeles, CA

      February 15, 2018

      Rodents Stop made a lot of promises when they first came out, I thought it was to good to be true but wow, what an amazing service. From the office staff to the employees actually doing work. My problem was on going for about 2 years, I know right, who would deal with something for that long, the truth is that I tried other companies and they really didn't do much. Not to mention they didn't solve my problem. All other companies know how to do is set traps, they don't clean up, they don't seal openings, and they don't spray for disease. Also no one offers a life time guarantee like rodents stop. I like that. I feel like I just moved into a new house. It's been 2 months now and I'm actually getting some sleep at night. No dead rats in traps, no flies, nothing to do with rats or mice what's so ever. Thanks Rodents stop.

    • Rachael S. Bellflower, CA

      February 15, 2018

      I emailed them a couple of times desperate for service. It says they service the Los Angeles area (which should include Bellflower). I'm disabled and live alone with my small dog. I've been fighting mice for 2.5 years but am in desperate need for someone who really knows what they are doing and has a lifetime warranty because my dog and I have become infested with some kind of parasites that the mice brought in. I have several lesions and a huge infection on my back from the parasites. I left them my email and phone number with no response. I can't find another company with their experience, ratings, and guarantee and I'm really desperate for help and really disappointed they haven't contacted me. Again I emailed you last night, and got zero response today. I don't get it. As long as I give you the review you want, you ignore me? But as soon as you don't like my rating, you'll move heaven and earth to talk to me??

    • Paul M. Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, CA

      February 15, 2018

      We're selling our house and we needed to get take care of the mess that rats had done to our attic. Zev came out the next day and gave a fair quote for the job. The Rodents Stop crew came out the day after and took care of cleaning and patching the whole house in a timely manner. They were all very professional and very thorough. Heather on the phone was extremely delightful to deal with also. I highly recommend them!

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