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Respiratory Problems Cause By Wildlife Animals

We all need to breathe. For any living being there must be air that is inhaled to the lungs and then exhaled out. A normal respiratory rate for a human adult is just 12 breaths per minute while resting. That's 17,280 breaths taken in a 24 hour day just by resting. The respiratory rate will increase depending on the current activity at that time, so the number of breaths taken within a 24 hour day will increase.

Our lungs are effected by certain factors that we breathe. The name of some factors include air pollution, cigarette smoke, animal feces and urine, animal dander, pollen, and more. Wildlife animals play a big part in how we can breathe while inside our home. Unfortunately, there are many times we are not able to detect a nuisance pest until we have either heard or seen it. If an unwanted pest does enter your the home, it is extremely important to remove those pests, seal up the entry areas and clean up their mess. Here are a couple of factors from wildlife animals that can be a potential respiratory risk.

Animal Dander, Hair

Dander is tiny flecks of animal skin by any animal that has feathers or fur. These

animals can be birds, squirrels, raccoons, mice and more. These tiny flecks can be released into the environment. Dander can stick to surfaces and remain for months on end. It can also be transferred to other areas. Once inhaled, anyone who is allergic or already has breathing problems can be at a higher risk because it can worsen existing respiratory difficulties.

Feces and Urine

Rats can carry a disease called hantaviruses (HPS). These infected rodents spread the virus through their urine, feces, and saliva. The disease can be spread by breathing in air that is contaminated with the virus particles. Bats can carry a disease called histoplasmosis which is an infection caused by bird and bat feces. It is mostly transmitted when the spores become airborne. Histoplasmosis can cause acute or chronic lung disease which can be fatal if untreated.


Raccoons can carry certain infectious diseases which can be inhaled. They can excrete roundworm eggs through their feces. The eggs are light which can become airborne. Raccoon roundworm is extremely dangerous and can be fatal if left untreated.

This time of year, rodents are tearing into homes to look for places to have their babies. Those rodents are moving around in the residence without being detected and leaving around rodent hair, urine, and fecal allergens which can trigger allergic reactions. In a closed environment rodent droppings, dead skin, or their decomposing bodies can be inhaled which can trigger respiratory problems.

If you have seen any nuisance wildlife around or inside your home, give Elite Wildlife Removal a call at 804-867-7184. Our skilled technicians will conduct a thorough inspection to determine the animal in question, the entry areas in which the animals entered the home, and the remediation process to clean up their mess. Even if you have not seen any nuisance wildlife pests, this is the best opportunity to be proactive to ensure you and your family is safe from any unwanted pests.

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