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How to clean up after rodents

Rodents aren’t just unsettling; they pose a serious threat to your health and well-being. With the potential to carry deadly diseases, these pests can be dangerous even after they’ve vacated or died. 

If you’re dealing with an infestation, it’s important to know how to clean up after rodents while protecting yourself from potentially dangerous pathogens and bacteria. Whether you’re removing an old nest or cleaning out a trap, follow these precautions.

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Cleaning Rodent Droppings and Urine

While it may seem like a good idea to swiftly sweep or vacuum rodent droppings, this can inadvertently spread contaminated particles into the air, risking further contamination. Take the time to prepare and protect yourself properly. Follow these steps to clean rodent droppings or urine:

  1. Put on rubber or latex gloves and a face mask
  2. Prepare a mixture of 1-part bleach to 10-parts water
  3. Apply the mixture carefully to the urine or droppings
  4. Allow the mixture to soak for 5 minutes before wiping with a paper towel
  5. Dispose of the paper towel and other debris in a sealable trash bag
  6. Disinfect surrounding areas that may have been exposed
  7. Thoroughly wash your hands afterward

Removing Dead Rodents or Nests

Encountering dead rodents or their nests after employing bait stations or snap traps is a common part of getting rid of an infestation. While these messes may be larger than droppings, the same cleaning method applies. Protect your skin, disinfect the rodent or nest with the bleach solution, and dispose of it carefully. Always remember to wash your hands thoroughly afterward.

Seeking Professional Assistance

If you have any doubts or concerns about cleaning up after rodents, err on the side of caution and contact a licensed exterminator. Accidental exposure to deadly pathogens or harsh chemicals is not worth the risk. Professionals can guide you through the process or handle the cleanup on your behalf, ensuring your safety.

Professional Rodent Control Services in Tennessee

Dealing with a rodent infestation and its aftermath is unpleasant no matter how you spin it. If health concerns or a reluctance to handle rodent cleanup arise, enlist the expertise of the professionals at Inman-Murphy, Inc. Our team is equipped to handle everything from extermination to nest cleanup, sparing you from the dirty work.

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