Mice infestations are nothing to play around with. Not only can these rodents cause impressive damage with their tiny teeth, but the feces and urine they leave behind can carry several infectious viruses and diseases (e.g., hantavirus, salmonella, lymphocytic choriomeningitis, plague, etc.). If you’ve rid your home of mice, cleaning up the aftermath is critical. Here are six steps for cleaning a house after a mice infestation, presented by Bozeman Realty Listings.
Bring in Professional Help
If you haven’t done so already, you need to call in a team of exterminators to help you handle your mice infestation. These professionals can efficiently remove the pests from your home so you can get the cleanup process underway. Fortunately, you can easily connect with pros by using Angi websites, which feature ratings and reviews by customers just like you. This can help you hire someone you know you can trust with the job.
Identify potential entry points.
First of all, you want to locate any places around the home where mice could have accessed the inside. That way, you can take steps to rectify the problem, so you don’t get another infestation. The most common entry points for mice and other rodents are attics and holes in roofs. Call a professional roofer to ensure these areas are adequately inspected and fixed. However, a full-blown roof replacement isn’t needed most of the time.
It’s important to note that minor damage can happen when you have major repair work done to your home. For example, you may find that your landscaping has been damaged, though it can be fixed easily by hiring a professional. Likewise, interior and exterior paint issues can be quickly tackled by pros.
Get the necessary supplies.
When you start cleaning your home after a mice infestation, you want to ensure you have all the right supplies. Get a good pair of rubber gloves (you can find a great team of gloves on Amazon for under $10), wear them throughout the process, and clean them periodically with disinfectant. Here are a few other items you will need:
- Double-bagged trash can
- Paper towels
- Disposable sponges
- Disposable mop
- Bleach and water (or another disinfectant)
- Spray bottle
Saturate the affected areas
One of the worst things you can do when cleaning up mouse droppings is to start with the vacuum. It may seem like the quickest way to reclaim your space, but it can kick up the dust and other harmful debris you’re trying to eliminate and spread throughout your home. Instead, spray a bleach and water mixture on each affected area and allow it to soak for 10 minutes.
Remove the debris
Once all the affected areas have been saturated, scoop up all the debris with paper towels and discard them into the trash. Spray the areas one more time and surrounding and hard-to-see spaces, and wipe them down with a disposable sponge. Then, thoroughly scrub the countertops and mop the floors. Finally, throw away all the materials and take the trash outside immediately. If you want to ensure your house is spick and span, consider hiring a cleaning service to give your home a good scrubbing. Although that might sound out of your budget, ensuring your home is free of debris will be worth the price.
Inspect other areas of the home
While the kitchen is the most commonplace to see damage from mice, other parts of your home could also be affected. It’s important to look thoroughly for evidence in every room. For instance, if you see marks on your furniture or carpet, you will want to have them steam cleaned. If you notice traces of the critters on your bedding, you will want to throw the items in the wash on hot.
After an infestation, cleaning your home of germs and bacteria is just as important as getting rid of the mice themselves. Check for any potential entry points for rodents around your home, and call in the pros to help prevent the infestation from happening again. Also, keep all the cleaning supplies you need at hand. Then, you’ll be ready to treat the affected and surrounding areas with disinfectant, collect the debris, wipe all of the surfaces clean, and inspect the rest of the home so that you can take further measures if necessary.
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