Vermin Clean up
Rodents: Rats, Mice, Voles, Shrews and Squirrels.
These rodents can chew through electrical lines, water lines and structural elements of your home. Most rodents are carriers of disease and quick to breed, making them a tenacious problem that requires long-term, thorough fixes. Most rodents leave a trail of urine, identifiable by black light, so there is generally no question to where they are nesting and how they got there. Challenges for remediation may include structural repair, insulation replacement, building envelope repairs and odor removal.
Hantavirus is associated with Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome. This disease is contracted by coming into contact with the droppings or urine of infected rodents. It can also be contracted by being bitten or scratched by infected rodents. WorkSafeBC states that employers are required to develop and implement an exposure control plan when workers may be exposed to potentially contaminated rodent droppings.
It should be noted that diseases are associated from contact with other animal droppings, most notably Histoplasmosis from contact with infected bird droppings. There are no special disposal requirements for animal droppings.
Racoons can be incredibly destructive to their environments. In addition, they carry the ringworm virus, so they can be potentially harmful to the health of family pets. They should NEVER be fed nor encouraged by the availability of food and water. They establish latrines to defecate so there are generally two sites to remediate when they have built nests in structures. Legally, racoons must be removed with humane methods, they can be aggressive and dangerous without proper handling.
Otters tend to nest close to water – in sheds, under decks, in crawl spaces. All discarded foodstuffs and defecation are piled in a midden, including shells, animal bones, and fish entrails. Otter families live together until pups are able to fend for themselves and generally stay in the same area over many generations depending on the availability of food and access to water. The oil secreted by their fur is particularly hard to remove from wood and finished surfaces. Otters are a protected animal and must be removed with humane methods for relocation. It is illegal to move them when nursing pups.