Disinfecting Your Home After Rodents


Disinfecting your home after rodents have invaded is vital because they are disease-carriers and they also tend to spread disease with their urine and droppings. Therefore, after successfully removing these pests from your home, it’s crucial to have a thorough clean-up to ensure that no remnants of rodent activities remain.

Pest control management specialists recommend following the guide provided below for disinfecting your home after the complete removal of rodents (dead or alive):

  1. Make sure you’re wearing the right clean-up gear. You want to make sure diseases aren’t transmitted to you when you get rid of urine and droppings. Wear a protective mask that fully covers the nose and mouth, protective goggles, and cover up completely with long sleeve shirts, pants, and rubber gloves.
  2. Seal off all possible entryways. This will ensure that no rodents can get in in the future.
  3. Keep your home properly ventilated. Open the windows and air out the rooms for 30 minutes before commencing with clean-up.
  4. Clean up urine, droppings, and nesting materials. It’s better to use a vacuum so as not to stir up contaminated dust.
  5. Throw away solid waste (double bag it to keep it out of sight and prevent cross-contamination with other wastes) before spraying the area with a potent cleaning agent. If you don’t have commercially produced cleaning solutions, you can use one part bleach and nine parts water to clean and disinfect the area.
  6. Make sure you use a fresh cleaning cloth for disinfecting a new area to avoid the possibility of cross-contamination.
  7. Mop and wipe surfaces a few times with disinfectant or bleach solution to really kill all the disease-causing germs and bacteria from rodent urine, droppings, and nesting materials.
  8. Vacuum and steam clean furniture and carpets just to make sure they’re free from particulates that came in contact with the rodents.
  9. Take any cloth material that may have come in contact with rodent urine or droppings. Throw them out, or wash them thoroughly with laundry detergent and use hot water for stronger disinfecting power.
  10. Once everything’s clean, throw away all the cleaning materials you used. Place the disposable cleaning cloths, mop heads, your rubber gloves in a trash bag and throw them into the rubbish bin. Change your clothes and wash them right away, too.
  11. Take a bath and scrub yourself thoroughly after the house disinfection. You want to make sure that no contaminated particulates are on your person.
  12. Disinfect the house yet again by spraying and wiping every nook and cranny with the bleach solution.
  13. Finally, air out your home.

So how can you get rid of these pests once and for all in order to enjoy a clean and healthy home?

Your best bet is to call a pest control service like Jim’s Pest Control on 131 546 or book online for a free, no-obligation quote.

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