Cleaning After a Mouse Infestation

RatMouse infestations are unfortunately a common happenstance for homeowners. They can also happen in rentals, but many rental units have a pest control system set up, and the landlord will handle the problem. In a house, though, there are many places for mice to hide and make their homes, where you may or may not notice. Once you’ve gotten rid of the mice, it is important to do a thorough cleaning to wipe all evidence of them from your home.

Why do you need to sterilize?

While many would consider mice just a minor nuisance, they can cause some major problems. Mice are carriers of many different diseases, including salmonella. While you may think that the mice are tucked away in the attic upstairs, far from human touch, they can and do travel throughout the house, often while you’re asleep. This means that they can track their feet and droppings throughout the entire house.

They can leave more than 50 droppings per day around the house, and that number obviously increases when there is more than one mouse. They can also leave urine tracks and other types of things behind. Especially in a household that has vulnerable populations like pets and kids, it’s important to get this problem dealt with.

How to Sterilize
Mice move fast and breed quickly, so it’s hard to make sure that every single mouse is gone. But after the #pestcontrol professionals have gotten rid of the infestation, you do have some work to do. You want to sterilize the house to make sure that any droppings that the mice might have left behind are taken care of.

You want to make sure that you’re prepared for the undertaking of sterilization. It should be a relatively doable and simple process, but you do want to make sure that you have rubber gloves, bleach, trash bags, and carpet cleaner (if you have carpets).

Look around the house for traces of the mice, like droppings or nesting materials. Sweep or pick up any of the droppings or nest particles and place them into a sealed bag and/or a covered trash can. Spray the areas where you found the nests and dropping–which may also have urine traces–with bleach (a ten part water, one part bleach solution should work) and let it sit for ten to fifteen minutes before scrubbing it.

Make sure to wear rubber gloves during this whole process. It’s also a good idea to let the area(s) air out prior to cleaning, and mop all of your floors. Clean the counters with disinfectant, and steam clean the carpets if there is evidence of mice. If it makes you more comfortable, you can also wear a dust mask to prevent inhalation of anything unappealing. Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly with warm, soapy water when you’re finished. Pest control doesn’t have to be difficult, but it should be safe!

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