How do I clean rat feces out of the attic?
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You will need to make sure that you take serious precautions when
dealing with the areas that rats were invading within your home. There
are some pretty dangerous threats of disease associated with the poop
and pee of rats, and they’re definitely not something that you will want
to put yourself in contact with. You will also need to make sure that
you have done the other important steps before you get to the cleanup
operation, and this will include making sure the holes are sealed so
that no other rats can get back in, and the right traps have removed
(killed) the existing rats in your property. If you have not done these
steps, your cleanup operation will be pointless. You’ll just be cleaning
up again in a few weeks time after yet another rat. We would recommend
that you keep placing and baiting traps for at least one week after you
have caught your last rat. This is to ensure that all traces of the
animal have been removed before you start the extensive cleanup.
If you can, make sure you well ventilate the area you are cleaning. You
don’t want the fumes to go t your head, and you also don’t want to
inhale anything nasty left behind by the rats. We would always recommend
that you wear a breathing mask, and you use very thick rubber gloves
too. You shouldn’t sweep or dust around the droppings and mess you have
found, and this goes for bedding and nesting material too. When you do
this, you are disrupting any potential nasties that might be hanging
around. Instead, use a bleach / water mix, a strong biological enzyme
cleaner, and spray the entire area.
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After about five minutes (this is why you’ll want the area well
ventilated), you should then use paper towels and bags to scoop up the
feces, nesting material, and anything else the rats have come into
contact with. Once you are sure everything is gone, use a strong
disinfectant and antibacterial cleaner to wipe everything down.
If you have a steam cleaner, you might want to give it a run-around the
areas in which you have spotted the rat, or that you have noticed signs
of a rat infestation – droppings, etc. If the rat has been in your
bedroom or bathroom, give all towels a good clean on a hot wash with
laundry detergent, and you can also use upholstery and carpet shampoo on
the floors and couches, etc. If you wish. It does depend on where the
rat has been in the home, but you might find that your wife is much
happier after doing her own kitchen / bathroom / entire house cleanup.
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When doing your own cleanup mission, make sure you are protecting
yourself. Wear the right protective clothing – gloves, eye protection,
and even disposable coveralls if you can. It only takes one infected rat
to contaminate your home, and we are sure that the most common rat
diseases are not welcome in your home. If you aren’t sure where to
start, or what to do, give us a call. Not only are we the number one
wildlife control company in your area for the third year running, we
also offer free advice on how to deal with wildlife control issues such
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