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Tips for Safely Cleaning Up After Rodents

If you have spotted a rodent in your house, your first impulse may be to panic. You may be wondering what you can do to get rid of your rodent problem and minimize your risk of coming into contact with pathogens. After you have called for professional rodent removal in Pleasanton, CA, you should do what you can to clean up any rodent-related mess you have found. Here are the steps you should take to clean up after your unwanted guests.

Clean up any urine and droppings.

Your first task is to get rid of the most obvious—and hazardous—sign of the rodents’ presence, making sure to wear safety gloves. Mix up a bleach solution—preferably 1 part bleach to 10 parts water—and spray it on the rodent urine and droppings. Pick up the urine and droppings and put them in a plastic garbage bag, and then throw the bag away. Remove your gloves and wash your hands.

Disinfect the entire area.

Now, it’s time to get rid of your invisible visitors—the bacteria, viruses, and other contaminants that the rodents may have brought with them. Use your bleach solution to wash any surface that the rodents may have touched. Carpets can be cleaned effectively using a steam cleaner, and bed linens, towels, and clothing can be washed with hot water and detergent. If something can’t be cleaned, it may be best to dispose of it and replace it.

Have your home rodent-proofed.

Your last step should be to make sure that no rodents are able to return to your property and cause further damage and contamination. A rodent-proofing professional can seal off every possible entry point to your home, reducing the risk of future infestations. Knowing how to discourage rodents from entering your home requires experience, which is why it’s always smart to hire a seasoned professional.