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Pest Management Systems Inc. improve conditions in locker room

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At the end of September, Northwest Horizons reported about the issue of mice in the girls’ locker room. Since then, Pest Management Systems Inc. (PMi) has been working to resolve the issue.

According to Gerald Greeson, Executive Director of Building Services, PMi has placed bait traps in the locker room and laundry room. One of the biggest actions they did was sealing the drain in the locker room that was allowing mice access into the building. PMi checks the traps weekly and have reportedly only trapped two mice since implementing these changes.

“I’m glad (PMi) took action because it was a big concern for the volleyball team,” senior Jessica Schmid said. “Everyone was worried about mice running all over our stuff and taking food out our bags.”

One of the biggest concerns was the health of athletes in the locker room. Mice can transmit different diseases to humans, which could have been problematic if anyone had picked up anything. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), mice spread various diseases worldwide. Hantavirus is one of them, which is found in rodent urine and feces. Humans can come in contact with it through contaminated dust from mice nests or droppings. Hantavirus can be life-threatening if not dealt with at early stages. Symptoms can begin with chills, muscle aches and fever. The sooner the patient is taken to intensive care, the more effective the treatment will be. Hantavirus symptoms can quickly develop into dry cough, headache, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting and general malaise.

Fortunately, no girls on the volleyball team were impacted health-wise by the mice in the locker room. Having a clean, safe environment is an important part of the environment of both the high school classroom and athletic facilities.

“It will be good for the athletes because it will make the locker room more sanitary,” Schmid said.

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