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Cleaning After a Rat Infestation

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If you’ve had the misfortune of dealing with a rat infestation lately, you may have to deal with the mess these critters leave behind.

Then again, these rodent messes should be cleaned with extreme caution to reduce the risk of spreading contamination. Here are a few steps you can follow to cleaning right after a rodent infestation:

Ventilate your home

A ratty mess can leave your house smelling of dead rats and their droppings. 

Ventilate your home by opening up your doors and windows for at least 30 minutes before taking care of the messes left by these pests. Also, when using cross-ventilation, make sure to be outside the area. 

Remove droppings of any kind

The next step would be to remove droppings or nesting materials the rats have left behind. Wear appropriate protection before doing this! 

Use latex or rubber gloves and only pick up any droppings with paper towels. Next, be sure to spray the affected areas with a disinfectant or a bleach and water solution and allow it to soak for 5 minutes. 

Dispose these droppings as soon as you’re done cleaning. Discard the gloves as well and wash your hands with soap and warm water.

Clean and disinfect areas affected by rats thoroughly

The final and longest step would be to clean and disinfect any other area the rats have left their messes, whether it’s additional droppings or dead rodents scattered about the place.

A few common areas rats can leave their messes are:

  • Sheds
  • Storage areas
  • Attics
  • Crawlspaces
  • Basements

Remember to wear gloves when cleaning these places and use trappings to deal with any lingering rodent infestations still threatening your home. Disinfect these areas thoroughly as well to keep viruses and disease from spreading afterward.

Additionally, hiring a cleaning service can help you maintain safety and cleanliness when. Contact Clean House Services today!

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