How to Safely Clean After Mice and Rats

Rodents carry many diseases that may be directly or indirectly transmitted to humans. If you have a rodent problem at home, you need to make sure you clean after them to protect yourself and your loved ones from getting sick. We also strongly suggest that you get in touch with specialists in decontamination, as they can help you eliminate the problem and even take care of cleaning rodent droppings.

Getting Started

Prior to, and during the clean up of rodent-infested areas, you need to take precautions. First, trap the rodents and cover any possible entryways so that the rodents can no longer get inside your home. You should continue setting up traps for a week or two and if there are no more rodents captured within this period then it means that the infestation has been eliminated. This should also give you enough time to ensure that there are no longer any infectious virus or bacteria in the rodent urine/droppings.

Remove Urine and Droppings

* During the cleanup process, you should keep the area ventilated by opening windows and doors for half an hour or so to let fresh air enter the room. Then when you start cleaning, make sure you do not stir up dust by vacuuming or sweeping the waste matter or nesting materials.

* To disinfect the area, you can make your own bleach solution by mixing 1 part bleach to 10 parts water. Put the mixture in a spray bottle. Then wear gloves (rubber, vinyl or latex) and spray the affected area. Leave it for 5 minutes then wipe the urine and droppings using paper towels and dispose of them properly.

* After you have removed the urine and droppings, you need to disinfect all items that may have been contaminated.

Clean the Whole Area

* You need to wipe your countertops with a disinfectant and mop floors using the same bleach solution. You can steam clean your carpets and furniture if you see evidence that they were also exposed to rodent droppings and urine.

* Beddings should be washed in hot water. The same goes for clothing.

* Once you’re done cleaning your home of rodent droppings and urine, remove your gloves and wash your hands thoroughly.

Disposing Dead Rodents/Nests

If you have opted not to hire a pest control company, then you’ll need to properly dispose of the dead pests yourself.

* Make sure you wear gloves when removing them and spray the dead rodent with a disinfectant.

* Then put all dead rodent in a plastic bag and make sure to seal it tightly. Place the bag in another bag and seal again.

* Take it out and put it inside a trash can with a secure lid.

* Once done, you can remove your gloves and wash your hands thoroughly with disinfectant soap and water.

If you have a severe rodent infestation, you’ll need to call a professional decontamination company that can get rid of the mice and rats in your home/office and extensively clean and sanitize the whole area to ensure everyone’s safety.

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March 12, 2017