Top Ways to Clean Your Home While You’re Treating a Mouse Infestation

mouse preventionOnce you have a mouse problem in your home it can be very hard to clean until you’ve fully treated the problem. The problem with mice is that their droppings can cause airborne diseases. They leave scat and urine commonly in places in a home where you prepare food or store it. This can be particularly dangerous for children that have far less immunity to the infectious waste that mice are known for like hantavirus and salmonella.

Treat an infestation as soon as you find a problem…Call a professional who’s going to exterminate the mice properly. In order to keep the population to a minimum and reduce the chances of reproduction in your home, it’s important to make sure you have good advising while you treat the infestation.

Address any visible droppings and waste…When you begin cleaning after a mouse infestation, it’s important you do not stir up dust as this is a respiratory hazard. When cleaning urine and droppings wear gloves. You can also wear dust masks to protect from ingesting infected air into your lungs.

Air out the area before you start to clean to reduce the chance of inhaling any germs.

  • Spray the urine and droppings with a disinfectant or a mixture of bleach and water (one part bleach to ten parts water). You should also mop your floors and clean countertops with a disinfectant.
  • Before you start to clean, let the area soak for 10 to 15 minutes. Pick droppings, nests, and urine with a paper towel. Make sure to place them in a sealed bag inside a covered trash can.
  • If there are any evidence of mice exposure on your furniture and carpets, steam clean or shampoo them to remove the mice traces.
  • Move everything on the countertop away from the back of the wall, as this is a common hiding area for mice to hide out of site and gain access to food preparation areas.
  • Check all of your kitchen cabinets to be sure that mice have not accessed the non-perishable items that would be stored there. If they have, clean those areas and throw out the contaminated foods.

Clean up should start when you find the problem. The removal of the mice from the house and dealing with infestations is likely to require a trained professional. A pest exterminator is going to remove the infestation.

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