Rodent infestations are a common problem for homeowners, business owners, and property managers. These pesky creatures can cause quite a stir in houses and buildings, as they damage structures, contaminate food sources, and even create an unpleasant odor. Aside from property damage, rodents can cause significant health hazards from diseases that can be transmitted to humans. Cleaning up after a rodent infestation is an essential step in recovering your home or business and avoiding future problems. Here are some tips for cleaning up after rodent infestations.
Make Sure the Rodents are Eradicated
The first and most important thing to do when cleaning up after a rodent infestation is to make sure the rodents have been effectively eradicated. This means that all of the rodents must be caught or killed, and then removed from your property as soon as possible. If you are unable to eradicate the rodents on your own, we recommend consulting with a professional pest control company.
Seal Up Entry Points
Once you've cleaned up the infested area, seal up any entry points that rodents may have used. Common entry points include gaps in walls or roofs, cracks in the foundation, and utility entries. Use caulk, steel wool, or mortar to seal these openings to prevent rodents from coming back.
Remove Contaminated Items
Rodents can contaminate everything they come into contact with. Food, clothes, and furniture can become infected with rodent-borne diseases and bacteria, so, the best thing you can do is dispose of any contaminated items by sealing them in a plastic bag and throwing them away in an outdoor garbage bin. If any upholstered furniture is contaminated, it's best to have professionals determine whether they can be saved or not.
Disinfect and Clean All Surfaces
Once all of the rodents have been removed, you can begin cleaning carpets, furniture, walls, floors, etc. Use a diluted bleach solution to kill germs and bacteria left behind by the rodents. Finally, vacuum carpets and furniture to remove any remaining debris or droppings.
Always Wear Appropriate Equipment
You want to avoid touching or inhaling any contaminated materials. Always wear gloves, a face mask, and long sleeves when cleaning up after rodent infestations. Disposable clothing can be helpful to reduce the amount of contact with contaminants. Additionally, never attempt to clean an area that is heavily contaminated without first consulting a professional company for assistance!
Consider Calling Professionals
While cleaning up after a rodent infestation can be done on your own, some situations may require the services of a professional. If you have a large infestation, the cleanup process can be extensive, and it's best to call a professional service.
Additionally, a professional service can help identify any potential entry points in your home that may need to be sealed. This will help deter future infestations from occurring and protect your home from further damage and contamination.
At Bio-One of Marion County, we understand how overwhelming and stressful it can be to deal with rodent infestations. We specialize in providing rodent droppings cleanup services that will help you get your home back to a safe and healthy state as quickly as possible. Contact us today for more information! We are proud to serve Indianapolis and all the surrounding areas.