Cleaning Up After a Rodent Infestation
Once rodents enter your home, they can easily contaminate your space with urine and feces. The pheromones they release will attract even more rodents into your home. An infestation of rodents is bad news because they may carry bacteria, viruses and other diseases. Even after you’ve contacted a specialist for a rodent removal in Fort Myers, FL your cleaning efforts following the infestation must be cautiously attempted.
BEFORE YOU CLEAN
During a rodent removal service, rodents will be trapped and entryways will be sealed to prevent more from entering. Once it’s clear that all rodents have been removed and there are no signs of active infestation, you’re clear to begin your clean up.
First, ventilate your home by opening up all windows and doors to allow fresh air to circulate for 30 minutes or more.
WEAR THE PROPER GEAR
Rodents can carry a disease known as Hantavirus which can be life-threatening to humans. Still, when cleaning your own home, it’s important to wear proper gear such as:
- Protective goggles
- Rubber, latex, or vinyl gloves
- Disposable shoe covers
- Disposable attire like coveralls
- Respiratory protection
Proper removal and disposal of your gear following clean up is vital.
CLEAN AND DISINFECT THE AREA
After the home is ventilated and you put on your gear, spray the area with a disinfectant and clean up the urine, droppings, and nesting materials left behind. Avoid sweeping and vacuum as this will only stir up dust causing the contaminants to spread further. After you’ve removed the waste, apply disinfectant to any areas that may have been exposed to the rodents. Mop the floors, clean the walls and countertops, steam clean the furniture, and wash bedding and clothing in hot water. Dispose of the waste, paper towels, or cloths used for cleaning. Remove and dispose of the gear you’ve worn and wash your hands thoroughly. Continue to ventilate the area.
Beyond trapping rodents and closing up entry points, the removal of pheromones and harmful bacteria is critical for preventing a future infestation. It’s important to rely on a specialist to handle a rodent removal in Tampa, FL including the final disinfecting of your home to ensure it’s done right.