Snodgrass, Kathleen . 2004. Controlling Rodents in Forest Service Facilities Reports from the Field. 0471 2332. Missoula, MT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Missoula Technology and Development Center. 8 p.
Describes techniques employees used to control rodents in Forest Service facilities. Recognition of the danger of contracting hantavirus pulmonary syndrome has increased the importance of keeping Forest Service structures as free of rodents as possible. Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome is a viral disease transmitted to humans primarily when they inhale airbirne dust from dried rodent droppings that contain hantavirus. Through June 2002, more than one in three persons diagnosed with hantavirus pulmonary syndrome died from the disease. Employees should take three important steps to protect themselves and the public from health dangers posed by rodents: keep rodents out, control rodents that get in, and inspect and sanitize facilities. The tech tip includes reports from a number of Forest Service employees explaining how they address each step.
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