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People In, Rodents Out

[photo] A deer mouse crawling under straw.The chill of fall has many rodents scurrying to find a comfortable, warm place to spend the winter. When USDA Forest Service employees clean structures in the spring, they may be exposed to hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, a potentially fatal illness transmitted in rodent droppings.

The tech tip, Controlling Rodents in Forest Service Facilities: Reports From the Field (0471–2332–MTDC), summarizes the issue before describing steps employees can take to help keep rodents out, to control rodents that get in, and to inspect and sanitize facilities.

For more information on rodent control, contact Kathie Snodgrass, project leader (phone: 406–329–3922; fax: 406–329–3719; e-mail:

USDA Forest Service and U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management employees can view the tech tip on the USDA Forest Service's internal computer network at:

Others can view the tech tip over the Internet (username: t-d, password: t-d)

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