Wildlife Damage Management, Internet Center for


Date of this Version

January 1997


A Training Guide for National Park Service Employees. Prepared and Printed 1997 by the NATIONAL PARK SERVICE Public Health Program.


Rodents have been a common problem in living and working environments, probably, ever since humans began living in permanent dwellings. Even today many people believe rodent infestations are "inevitable". However, the recent appearance of Hantavirus (Sin Nombre Virus, Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, HPS) in the Western states has re-awakened the public to the serious health problems posed by rodents and has prompted new inquiries into more effective ways to manage infestations. This manual is designed as a training reference for making rodent control in buildings an attainable goal.