How to Clean House after a Rodent Infestation

rodent infestationIf you have recently experienced a rodent infestation, you know that it is a nightmare. After having the pests exterminated, you are left dealing with a terrible mess that is not only disgusting, but also dangerous. Rodents carry a multitude a viruses, bacteria, and diseases that are released through their waste droppings and saliva. The most hazardous illness carried by rodents is Hantavirus. This deadly virus is transmitted by airborne particles from rodent feces and urine. According the CDC, Hantavirus has a 36% fatality rate.

Protecting Yourself

Anytime you are handling dead rodents, cleaning up waste or rodent saliva, or disinfecting the areas that rodents have been in contact with, there are some important precautions you must consider:

  • Ventilate areas that you will be cleaning for approximately 30 minutes.
  • Wear gloves made of latex, rubber, or vinyl.
  • Create a cleaning solution of one part bleach to nine parts water.
  • Wash your hands with the gloves on and then wash them again after removing the gloves.
  • Consider wearing a mask that shields the nose and mouth.
  • Dispose of dead rodents, soiled paper towels, and gloves in a sealed plastic bag, inside of a second plastic bag, and put out for garbage pickup, as soon as possible.

Don’t Make This Common Mistake

Dusting or sweeping areas associated with a rodent infestation will release dangerous bacteria into the air that can be inhaled or ingested causing potentially fatal illnesses.

Protecting Your Home

Begin by spraying all waste-contaminated surfaces with the bleach solution and let it soak for approximately five minutes. After soaking, remove waste with a paper towel. Then spray the bleach solution on surfaces again and wipe clean. Mop surfaces thoroughly with the bleach solution. If you have carpet or cloth furniture, they must be shampooed meticulously with a disinfecting solution. Wash all contaminated linens in hot water with detergent. If you have items that cannot be disinfected, such as books or papers, isolate them in an uncontaminated room for one week. By then, the virus is rendered inactive and the materials should be wiped down with a moist towel.

The Attic or Basement

Wait five days following the eradication of the pests to clean these storage spaces. Plastic boxes can be cleaned with the bleach solution, but cardboard boxes should be disposed of. Generously spray all surfaces with the bleach solution. Clean items in these spaces as you did in the rest of the home, according to their material. Dispose of waste-contaminated insulation in sealed plastic removal bags.

Getting Rid of the Dead

Liberally pour the bleach solution on top of nests and dead rodents. After soaking for five minutes, dispose properly in double-sealed plastic bags. Keep this bag in an enclosed trash can and set it out on the day your garbage is picked up. Do not leave the trash can in a place where scavengers can access it.

After you have successfully eradicated and disinfected your home of these nasty pests, call a pest control professional to prevent future a rodent infestation!

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