How to clean up after rodents
Treating a rodent infestation is never easy, but perhaps the most difficult part is the cleanup. These pests are capable of making a huge mess, which can be time-consuming and hazardous to take care of. Depending on the size and severity of your infestation, you may have to remove and sanitize after:
- Dead rodents
- Nests and surrounding filth
- Droppings and urine
Importance of Safety for Rodent Cleanup
Rodents are known across the world for transmitting potentially fatal diseases to humans and other animals. Their bacteria and viruses can spread through their urine, feces, and bodies regardless of whether they’re alive. So, if you’re cleaning up after rodents, it’s crucial to protect your skin with gloves, use disinfecting agents on all contaminated surfaces, and thoroughly wash your hands afterward.
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How to Clean Up Rodent Droppings and Urine
Most people assume they can just vacuum or sweep up any rodent droppings they come across. However, doing so can stir up dust and spread the waste around your home. The best method is to spray the mess with a disinfectant or a mixture of 1 part bleach and 10 parts water. Let it soak for at least five minutes before wiping it up with a paper towel and disposing of the trash in a sealed garbage bag. Be sure to wear rubber, latex, or vinyl gloves and disinfect any surrounding surfaces that may have been exposed to the droppings.
Removing Nests or Dead Rodents
Traps and bait stations are a great way to get rid of rodents, but they also mean you have to clean up the body (and possibly its nest) afterward. Thankfully, the cleanup is very similar to that for droppings. While wearing gloves, use a disinfecting solution to spray the rodent and any nearby surfaces. After letting the spray sit for a minimum of 5 minutes, dispose of the body or nesting materials in a sealed garbage bag.
Can a Professional Help With Rodent Cleanup?
Cleaning up after rodents is an unpleasant and hazardous task. Thankfully, you don’t have to handle it all on your own. Pest control professionals can safely and thoroughly clean up your property by removing droppings, urine, or dead rodents. They can also examine your space to see if there are any more rats or mice nearby to ensure you don’t have to deal with the problem again in the future. If you want fast and meticulous rodent cleanup services, give Griffin Pest Solutions a call today.