Asthma Proofing Your Home

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Rodent Allergens

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2. Rodent Allergens

Mice and rats produce high concentrations of scent proteins in their urine, which is a major cause of allergies. Almost all houses have mice allergens in the air, whether there is evidence of mice or not. Measures to reduce mice allergens include:

  • Rodent control using an exterminator.
  • Plug any access holes or cracks in the walls.
  • Protect food.
  • Clean regularly, using a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter.
  • Use a HEPA room purifier.
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