If you have successfully gotten rid of the mice, clean-up is the next step and you want to make sure you do it properly. Remember, a mouse and his pals can leave behind some pretty harmful stuff such as Hantavirus, Salmonella, Leptospirosis, Rat-bite fever and Plague. Germs can still be found in mice urine and feces long after the mice are gone. Just because an area looks clean doesn’t mean it is.
We understand you want your home cleaned quickly but it’s important to take the proper precautions when dealing with mice droppings. Grab your rubber gloves jot down some of our tips!
Invest in a good pair of gloves and wear them during the entire cleaning process: rubber, latex or vinyl will work. Don’t do any clean up with your bare hands. Mice urinate when they become frightened and then may also walk through it, further spreading the germs where ever they go.
- Don’t sweep or vacuum up the droppings. These cleaning methods can cause the release more airborne virus particles.
- Instead, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends saturating mouse/rodent droppings, nests and any areas where rats have lingered with a disinfectant mixture that kills germs on contact. The CDC also recommends using a mixture of one-and-a-half cups of bleach to a gallon of water (a 1 to 9 ratio). Spray the affected areas well, and leave the bleach or disinfectant in place for 5 to 10 minutes. You may also use over the counter disinfectants too, just make sure the label “disinfectant” on the label.
- Once you have saturated the area to be cleaned use a cloth or sponge to scoop up the debris, put in inside a plastic bag and be sure to seal it tightly, then place it in yet another plastic bag and seal it tightly. Dispose of plastic bags in an outdoor garbage bin for pick up.
- After the loose debris (mice droppings, nests material) have been cleaned up wipe all areas (counter tops, cabinet shelves, drawers) down with disinfectant. Mice are curious creatures make sure you disinfect where they may have scurried about. *Note, that it’s a great idea to use disposable mop heads and disposable sponges or paper towels that can easily be discarded when the job is done.
- If the area you are cleaning is carpeted or has rugs, shampoo or steam clean the affected area.
- Open up the windows and let some fresh air and sunshine in
- When you’re near the end of your cleaning disinfect your gloves before taking them off and dispose of them right away. Immediately wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water. Washing your hangs vigorously is what loosens up with germs that can be rinsed away.