How to clean animal poop in your attic

The importance of cleanliness in our houses cannot be gainsaid as far having a comfortable life in them is concerned. We take every other measure to keep them clean knowing very well that doing it any other way would have detrimental effects on our health and ability to have a comfortable life in there. Even when we keep pets in the house, we always make a point of cleaning up after them. We actually do not make much fuss about them simply because we love the pets and in most cases the places to be cleaned are relatively open and therefore easier to clean.

However, it becomes a problem when other animals make it their business to convert the tightest places in your house into a public latrine. You may be having squirrels, rats, raccoons or bats nesting in your attic for a certain period of time. This leads to contamination of your insulation with fecal matter, urine, parasites, dander and other forms of contaminants. This definitely calls for collective measure to be taken since if the disease-causing contaminants or fecal matter remain in the attic, they would be a health hazard even after the particular animal has left. Not only would the animal poop be very unhealthy, but will also give out odors that would attract even other animals to re-infest in your attic. This underlines the importance of not only removing the animal and excluding it from the attic, but also using biocide to treat the attic as well as replacing that insulation with a clean and new insulation.

When you discover a colony of animals in your attic, make plans of excluding it them from it then determine how much contamination has been done. Note that when the fecal matter has accumulated in your attic, removing it would not be the initial step.

To begin the process of cleaning, remove whatever animal may be living in the attic. In this endeavor, you can use chemical repellants or ultrasonic devices to eliminate the animals. One of the most effective ways of controlling animals is by physically trapping them, getting them out and excluding them. You will need to seal the active exit and entry points as well as the points they would be likely to use in re-entering the building.

It would be important that you prevent being exposed to diseases from animals. Be sure to prevent the contaminants from becoming airborne as they will be inhaled thereby causing diseases. Some of the diseases that you would be exposed to include rabies, Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, raccoon roundworm, histoplasmosis, plague, anthrax, eosinophilic meningitis, as well as other zoonotic ailments.

In cleaning the animal poop from the antic, it would be important that you use a vacuum cleaner (industrial) that has high-intensity filter in order to bag the contaminated matter. You could also use enzyme based vacuum cleaners that would eliminate the biohazard organic material from the animals. Use atomizers (electric powered) which will create a mist that coarses throughout the attics giving a complete coverage as well as cleanup.

In order to protect yourself from animal biohazard and insulation fibers, it would be important that you wear protective clothing and especially respirator mask.

Removing the animal poop from your attic would be immaterial if you do not properly dispose off the waste. In addition, be sure to apply approved disinfectant in order to eliminate any fungus or parasites that come with animals. These include mites, fleas and mites infesting the animals. When you remove the host animal, the parasites would have to go looking for other hosts in which case they may find their way to other parts of the house.
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