How to Clean Rodent Waste in Your Home
You might not see the indefinite harm in having a few rats or mice invade your home, but don’t be fooled. The waste that they leave behind is not only disgusting, but extremely hazardous to your health, sometimes being even more dangerous than living with the rodents themselves! Their droppings carry diseases, and contaminate anywhere they touch, which typically includes places like your kitchen counters, closets, and sometimes even within your cereal boxes! Let’s not forget that the poop also has the potential to stain drywall, and even attract more rodents into your home due to the pheromones present within the excrement.
It’s immensely important to be as thorough as possible when cleaning up after mice. You don’t want to risk diseased rodent feces causing any trouble to your beloved family members, pets, or even yourself. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to get the job done right whether you’re looking for fast and quality service or an effective low budget method. Here’s a simple guide to the ultimate rodent feces cleanup.
Call Pest Control Services
If you suspect you might have an infestation on your hands, or if you’ve had one in the past, it’s always best to call in pest control services. The Green Rat Control will get rid of any rodents and decontaminate your home faster than the pesky critters can increase their numbers. Some of the best parts about enlisting professional help are as follows:
1. Timely cleanup
- You can be sure that the rodent droppings cleanup will be handled in the fastest, most efficient way possible. The team is as thorough as it gets, so no more second guessing yourself on whether or not you got it all either. They will clean attics, basements, as well as any other contaminated part of the home.
2. Attic Decontamination
- Rodents love making their nests in tight crawlspaces and secluded attics. Green Rat Control is fully prepared to take on this popular nesting ground, offering top-notch decontamination services to customers who’d rather keep their hands clean and avoid any potential health risks.
- Rats and mice usually burrow and build their nests within insulation, infesting it with their urine and feces. Most of the time, the insulation needs to be removed and replaced, which is a difficult and dangerous task for most homeowners. However, pest control will not only clean up the infected area, but replace all soiled and damaged insulation so you don’t have to!
Safety is a Priority
If you decide to handle the rodent feces removal on your own, you’ll need to protect you and your family from any potential health hazards that may spread from the droppings. You should also consider the potency of the chemicals you may be using for disinfection, as these may also bring harm to unsuspecting loved ones with delicate immune systems. Some precautions are as follows:
- Before you even begin to clean, you’ll need to air-out the zone as much as possible by opening windows and doors. Clean air should travel through the space for at least 30 minutes prior to cleaning.
2. Gear Up
- Wear protective clothing to keep your skin safe from allergies and other hazards. Wearing disposable gloves such as latex, rubber, or vinyl, on your hands is a must, and don’t forget a mask! The diseases may become airborne as you clean.
3. Remove Pets and Children
- As you stir up feces and urine with your cleaning solution, it may affect those around you who may have sensitive immune systems. Always remove pets and children to a safe place prior to cleaning.
Should I Use a Vacuum?
You’ve probably heard it said that vacuums stir up dust, and it’s true. This is why many professionals will tell you not to vacuum during your rodent feces removal, as this could end up doing more harm than good! The same goes for sweeping since the goal is to clean without stirring up the matter as much as possible. There’s no denying the time efficiency in using a vacuum though, which is why it’s extremely important to make sure you’re 100% protected from any airborne particles before even attempting a rodent droppings cleanup. There are types of vacuums that even the professionals use, but they should be handled with excessive caution, and only if the infestation is severe enough that it can’t be avoided.
1. Portable vacuum
- This lower-suction shop vac can be carried, and therefore, isn’t prone to kicking up as much dust as your average vacuum would. These vacuums have been used on flat surfaces overrun with feces and dirt, and it is a much better solution to any high-power vacuum. Of course, necessary health precautions should still be taken.
2. Commercial Vacuum
- This is something that you’re most likely to see with pest control services for extreme jobs. It’s a powerful vacuum, but contains a very long hose, enabling a heavy-duty clean-up without all the dust kick-up. You’re probably best calling in the professionals if you’re thinking of purchasing a commercial vacuum cleaner.
What Products Should I Use to Treat Infected Areas?
When it’s time to decontaminate your home from rodent feces and urine, you have options. Depending on the quantity of waste, you’ll find that certain products will work faster than others. Always be sure to clean whole areas, not just the parts where the droppings were, because bacteria spreads!
- Given a large infestation, it’s nearly impossible to vacuum all the droppings. This is why electric foggers exist. Although a little pricey, the products used for fogging are great at breaking down organic matter such as urine and feces in a timely manner! An effective method that the professionals often use.
- Great for many cleanup jobs, bleach also works wonders when it comes to cleaning up after mice. You can spray the droppings with a mixture of one parts bleach to nine parts water, and let it soak for five minutes. Be careful though! Bleach has been known to stir up mustard gas when treating rodent urine due to the ammonia within the pee, which can lead to chemical burns within the lungs. Use with extreme caution, and make respiratory safety measures a top priority!
3. Enzymatic Cleaner
- If you’re afraid of creating mustard gas with bleach, then try using an enzymatic cleaner first to clean up the urine. This product is designed to break down urine and eliminate odors. Disinfecting first with the cleaner is likely to make it easier and safer to use a bleach solution afterwards. Your house might smell a lot better too!
Ready to Tackle the Job?
Here at Green Rat Control, we desire our customers to feel confident when it comes to handling rodent problems. Whether this means doing the task themselves, or enlisting the best help around, we offer our support, and are always ready and willing to tackle the nastiest jobs when called.
Rodent infestations are no easy foe and can be quite costly if not handled correctly. There’s also the health concerns that need to be considered before beginning the grueling cleaning process. The homeowner will also need to research and implement solid rodent proofing methods to ensure that the pesky critters never make a comeback.
If you’re battling an infestation now, need insulation to be replaced, or would rather avoid the health risks in handling a decontamination process on your own, feel free to contact your local pest control service and schedule a free consultation with us today!