Things to Know Before You Clean up Rodent Urine and Droppings

rat inside the cookie basketRodents’ urine and droppings are a health hazard. Direct contact with the waste or breathing in contaminated dust can spread various diseases. Accordingly, you must take precautions when cleaning after these pests.

Here are things to remember when cleaning up rodent urine or droppings.

1.    Eliminate the Infestation First

Talk to a rodent control professional in Boca Raton, Florida such as IPM Pest Control as soon as you notice signs of infestation. Clean after there are no more rodents. Also, wait a while so any virus or bacteria in the waste may be no longer infectious.

2.    Don’t Stir up Dust

You should not sweep or vacuum up rodent waste or nesting materials. Stirring up the dust may contaminate the air.

3.    Protect Your Hands

Wear gloves when getting rid of urine or droppings. Rubber, vinyl or latex gloves offer adequate protection against infectious bacteria or virus in the waste. Remember to wash your hands with soap and water after you remove the gloves.

4.    Disinfect the Contaminated Area

Spray the rodent waste with an appropriate disinfectant. You may also use a bleach solution to disinfect the area. Mix bleach (1 part) and water (10 parts) and soak the urine or droppings for about five minutes.

5.    Pick up the Waste with a Paper Towel

After disinfection, wipe or pick up the waste with a rag or paper towel. Dispose of the urine and droppings in the garbage.

6.    Disinfect Contaminated Items

Rodents and their waste or nesting materials soil all items that come across them. Once you get rid of the urine and droppings, sanitize all items the rodents may have contaminated.

Before you clean and disinfect the area exposed to rodent urine and droppings, get rid of the waste first. Take precautions when handling the hazardous waste. Don’t touch the waste with bare hands and don’t compromise indoor air quality.