How to Safely Clean Up After Removing Rodents From Your Home
Because rodents are known carriers of illnesses and diseases that can be transmitted to humans, it is important to know how to safely clean your home following the removal of any rodents. The following steps should be taken immediately following the removal of rodents from your home in order limit the risk of coming into contact with any hazardous droppings that they may have left behind.
Clean up any Droppings
The first step to sanitizing your home after eradicating your rodent problem is to clean up any urine or droppings that may be present in your home. Before starting this process, make sure you are wearing gloves to prevent any chemicals or droppings from coming into contact with your skin. Once you’ve got gloves, mix a bleach solution that you will spray directly on any urine or droppings that you find. This solution should be 1 part bleach to about 10 parts water. Once sprayed, use a plastic bag to pick up the droppings and then throw away both the bag and your gloves.
Next, you should disinfect any areas that the rodents may have come into contact with to get rid of any bacteria or viruses that may be present. For this you can use the same bleach solution that you’ve already mixed and spray it on any surfaces that the rodents may have touched. For carpeted areas, a carpet steamer is going to be most effective. Anything that you are unable to clean should be thrown away and replaced if possible, just in case any bacteria or viruses may be present.
Rodent-Proof your Home
Finally, you want to rodent-proof your home to ensure that the rodents do not return. The best way to rodent-proof your home is to call a professional who can identify and then seal any potential entry points around your home. You can learn more about how to prevent rodents from entering your home here.