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Rodent Cleanup: What You Should Know before Getting Started

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As known carriers of disease, mice and rats can be hard to clean up after, especially because the illnesses they carry can be spread by contact with urine, droppings, or scratches. For those reasons, you need to take the proper precautions for cleaning up after them. Learn what steps you should take before getting started.

 

Wear the Proper Gear

Make sure to wear gloves throughout the entire cleaning process and wash your hands after you have removed them. If you’re concerned about breathing anything in, you can also wear a protective mask.

 

Sanitize the Area

Thoroughly spray disinfectant in any areas with droppings—or dead mice—and wait a few minutes before getting started with cleaning. Make sure to follow the directions so that you don’t start picking things up before they’ve had time to thoroughly disinfect.

 

Use the Right Tools

Avoid using brooms or vacuums to clean up, as they can kick dust up in the air, and use paper towels to pick up any droppings. Clean with disinfectant or bleach solution, cleaning all floors and countertops thoroughly. Also, be sure to shampoo or use a steam cleaner to clean all upholstered furniture, and wash all clothing and bedding in hot water with laundry detergent.

 

Dispose of Everything Properly

If there are any dead mice, rats, or nests, pick them up with your properly gloved hands after they’ve been sanitized and put them in a plastic bag immediately and seal it tightly. Everything should be put in a garbage bag and taken outside after you’ve finished cleaning.

 

Does cleaning up after rodents seem like more trouble than it’s worth? Contact New Start Biorecovery for help! We can safely take care of the remnants of your rodent problem before you know it.

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