Important Rules When Decontaminating Mouse Tainted Areas
In the movies, mice are cute little critters. Some people even keep them as pets. But undomesticated mice need to be removed from your home, and professional exterminators can do this job for you quickly and easily. But once your unwelcome visitors are gone, you still need to decontaminate the area. Without proper decontamination, germs that can spread many dangerous diseases may be left behind.
So before you start the decontamination process, here are some firm rules you need to follow:
- Always wear gloves. Don’t even think of cleaning up with your bare hands. Mice and other rodents tend to urinate a lot and they carry germs. Also, the mice can walk through these urine-saturated areas and track the urine everywhere else. So wear proper latex, rubber, or vinyl gloves throughout the cleaning process. You should also spray the gloves periodically, so you don’t contaminate other areas. You may want to do this before you touch cabinet pulls and doorknobs.
- Never use a vacuum cleaner to get rid of the mess. Don’t use a broom or a duster either. You may succeed in scooping off the mess, but you’ll just be releasing microscopic germs in the air instead.
- Saturate the area with a disinfectant mixture. Spray the disinfectant on the droppings, nests and other areas where the mice may have stayed. You need a disinfectant that kills pathogens on contact. You can use a commercial disinfectant, but make sure you follow the label instructions. You can use a 10% bleach solution too. Just spray the areas thoroughly, and leave the disinfectant in for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Clean your cabinets and countertops too. Don’t limit your decontamination to just the places where the mice obviously lingered. So clean your cabinets and your countertops to be in the safe side. Look behind and under your furniture and your appliances as well.
- Scoop up the debris with thick paper towels. Put them in a double bag, and tie the bag tightly. Then place the bags with the rodent mess outdoors for pickup right after you’ve finished decontaminating.
- Mop the floors. You should use a disposable mop head, paper towel and sponges you can throw away later. Use lots of disinfectant and wet areas thoroughly.
- Decontaminate the carpets. You need to make sure that your area rugs, carpets, and upholstery are also decontaminated. You will need to use shampoo, or you can steam clean them.
- Removing the gloves. You need to first disinfect your gloves before you remove them. That means spraying it with the disinfectant and leaving it on for at least 5 minutes.
- Washing your hands. Then you need to wash your hands vigorously with soap and water for several minutes. Make sure to lather up nicely.
- Change your clothes. Put your dirty clothes in the laundry and use hot water when washing them.
Of course, you can always let a pro do this task for you so you don’t need to bother with all these steps!