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Bust Em’ December 2015 Newsletter

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Why and how to Decontaminate & Sanitize after wildlife infestation.

You may have had a critter or two taking residence or passing through your home.  Once you realized this you immediately reached out with help to have them removed. But, removal is not the only thing you need to be concerned with.  Did you know that when an animal decides to stop by or pass through your property, they leave behind damaged and soiled attic insulation?  Wildlife will bring bedding material, store food and utilize your residence or commercial property, as a bathroom.  Their urine and feces carry diseases and viruses that could harm you and/or your family. Wildlife Busters® offers a full sanitization and decontamination service.


This is what soiled insulation looks like.

Below are a few disease and the effects they have on humans:


Description: Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome is a virus.  Rodents shed the virus in their urine, droppings and saliva.

Cause:The Hantavirus strain present in the Northeast (called “New York-1”) is spread by wild mice, specifically the deer mouse, Permoyscus maniculatus, and the white-footed mouse, Peromyscus leucopus. Both may invade homes.

Symptoms: The first signs of sickness, especially fever and

muscle aches, appear 1 to 5 weeks after exposure, followed by shortness of breath and coughing. Once this phase begins, the disease progresses rapidly and hospitalization is often needed within 24 hours.


DescriptionRaccoon Roundworm is a disease caused by a parasite that lives in the intestines of raccoons.  The roundworm survives by feeding on nutrients that the raccoonhas digested.

Cause: Raccoons shed millions of the microscopic roundworm eggs in their feces.  People may encounter the eggs through direct contact with raccoon droppings or by touching a contaminated area or object.  If they don’t wash their hands they may later transfer the eggs to their mouths.  Small children are particularly vulnerable because they tend to put their hands and other objects into their mouths.   You may also become infected by breathing in the raccoon roundworm eggs.

Symptoms: Nausea, skin irritations, tiredness, liver enlargement, loss of coordination and muscle control, blindness in attentiveness and coma.


Description: Histoplasmosis is a lung infection caused by inhaling the spores of the fungus, Histoplasma Capsulatum.

Cause: Inhaling the mold spores.  Spores are often

encountered in old or abandoned bird or bat roosts, especially those in damp ore moist areas.  Birds and bats do not carry this disease, but they are associated with it because their droppings enrich soil and promote the growth of the fungus.

Symptoms: Flu like symptoms anywhere from 3 to 18 days after potential exposure.  On some occasions, the symptoms do not go away, resulting in chronic lung infection.

If you have had a wildlife infestation and are experiencing any symptoms above, please seek medical attention immediately.

Decontamination and sanitization is an important part to assist in permanently resolving your nuisance wildlife issue.  It’s not only a health issue.    If a wild animal smells the aroma of another animal, it could attract additional wildlife into your residence or commercial property.

Wildlife Busters® prides itself in our Decontamination and Sanitization practices.  We understand the severity of the risk associated with your personal residence, protecting your family, and the professional liability with someone getting sick on your business premises because of the wildlife infestation.

With the following decontamination and sanitization process, disease and additional wildlife encounters, can be avoided.

Wildlife Busters® Decontamination and Sanitization Process:

  • Pull all damaged insulation.
  • Clean all latrines soiled/damaged with bat guano and urine.
  • Vacuum and clean & sanitize.
  • Secure area with industrial plastic to create a zero pressure zone.
  • Double bag and remove debris.
  • Run Hydroxyl air scrubber & fogger.  Application of Steri-Fab sanitizer & cleaner.
  • Reinsulate back to code.


When Wildlife Busters®® Technicians are at your personal residence or commercial property, you will see them, wearing the following items during this process; Tyvek suits, gloves, respirators and safety goggles, this ensures their safety during this process.

Once the Decontamination and Sanitization process is complete you can be rest assured your residence or commercial property will be wildlife and disease free.

Give Wildlife Busters®® a call at 1-855-945-1212 and allow us to assist you with your wildlife infestation or   attic clean out. If you are experiencing a nuisance wildlife issue, whether you need squirrel removalraccoon removal, woodchuck removalskunk removalbat removal give Wildlife Busters®® a call toll free at 855-945-1212 and we resolve your wildlife management issue professionally, efficiently and humanely.  or 


Community Wildlife Programs and Upcoming Events


Mohonk Preserve

Thursday Tales at 10: Story Time at Mohonk Preserve,January 7th thru 28th.

Winter Wings: Birding for Children, Sunday January 10th,  10am – 11:30am.

Hudson Highlands Nature Museum.

Turtles of New York Dec, 19th & 20th, Mammals of New YorkDec. 26th & 27th, School Break Mini Camp Dec. 28th thru 31st

And for some Wildlife fun all year round visit: The Bear Mountain Zoo located in the Bear Mountain State Park, NY

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