Why You Need to Sanitize Your Attic After a Cleaning

Why You Need to Sanitize Your Attic After a Cleaning

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Chances are, at some point during your residency, you’ve been sharing your attic space with rodents. The attic is the number one spot for rodent infestation, and it can happen easily without your knowing about it. Green Rat Control professionals are not only leaders in the rodent control field, but are also skilled in all aspects of safe rodent removal- including attic care. They know that attic cleaning, decontamination, sanitation and installment services are all important processes to keeping your home rodent free long-term. Learn more about their specialty attic services at https://greenratcontrol.com/attic-care/.

If you’ve thrown out a few boxes, picked up a little trash, and are ready to call it a day on your attic cleaning project- think again. There are serious health hazards up in the attic that a basic cleaning won’t neutralize. If you have live or dead rodents, or an old rodent nest, it is imperative for your family’s health that you call in a professional to decontaminate and sanitize your space. Rodents carry harmful diseases that can be contracted by coming into contact with their feces or urine. Some diseases can even become airborne! You need to know and understand the risks. Visit https://greenratcontrol.com/rodent-control/rat-control-rodent-removal/health-hazards/ to learn more!


This virus is carried by rats in their urine, saliva and droppings. Simply breathing in contaminated dust after or during the cleaning process presents a clear danger and risk of exposure. According to the Mayo Clinic, hantavirus is an infectious disease with flu-like symptoms that can rapidly turn into potentially life-threatening breathing problems.


You can contract leptospirosis through direct contact with urine from infected animals or through water, soil, or food contaminated with their urine. It’s most common in warm climates (like an attic!) Although it is rare, without treatment, leptospirosis can lead to kidney and liver damage and even death.

Murine Typhus

Rat fleas and feces are the primary culprit for the spread of this infectious disease. Symptoms of murine typhus are: headache, fever, body aches and pains, chills and a rash.


Probably the most recognizable of this list of health risks, salmonella is a bacteria that leads to disease in humans and animals. It is spread by eating foods that have been contaminated with animal feces.

Man wearing a hazmat suit cleaning an attic

This short list is just a sample of the hazards to be faced during attic clean-up. In fact, it can be so dangerous that the CDC outlines specific protective gear that should be worn while cleaning up rodent infested spaces:

  • overalls (disposable, if possible);
  • rubber boots or disposable shoe covers;
  • rubber, latex, or vinyl gloves;
  • protective goggles;
  • and an appropriate respiratory protection device, such as a half-mask air-purifying (or negative-pressure) respirator with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter or a powered air-purifying respirator (PAPR) with HEPA filters.

The Green Rat Control team has the proper protective gear and tools to handle any hazardous situation. They’ll exterminate rodents, then sanitize and restore your space to like-new conditions. See https://greenratcontrol.com/attic-care/attic-insulation/ for more information on their profesional sanitation and restoration services. Attic clean-up is no simple task. A broom, dust rag, and bleach are not going to cut it. To keep your family safe from the health hazards and risks associated with attic rodents it is highly important to hire professionals to decontaminate and sanitize your attic in addition to basic cleaning.

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