Rodent Tip Tuesday | Clean up after a Rodent Infestation

Follow these procedures to reduce your risk of exposure. These are recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Remember that bleach can stain surfaces and that cleaning chemicals can be harmful if misused. ALWAYS follow labeled instructions.

NEVER dry sweep or vacuum a rodent infested area. ALWAYS use wet cleaning methods.

ALWAYS wear rubber gloves, long sleeves, protective eye wear and a dust mask when cleaning. This will help protect you from contamination, and from coming in contact with potentially harmful chemicals.

Add 10 parts water to 1 part chlorine bleach solution or a household disinfectant can be used to clean up contaminated areas.

Put on gloves, then spray dead rodent with disinfectant.

With gloves still on, pick up the rodent, place it in a bag and seal it. Place the bag in another bag and seal it. Put the bag in a covered outdoor trash can that is regularly emptied.

When you’re done cleaning, wash your hands thoroughly with warm water and soap, and dry with paper towels. Launder your clothes normally.

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