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When cleaning up after a rodent infestation, the most important thing is NOT to create dust. DO NOT sweep or vacuum up rodent droppings.
Follow these steps:
- Put on rubber, latex, or vinyl gloves.
- Wet the droppings, urine, and nesting materials with a spray disinfectant. The CDC recommends one part bleach to nine parts water.
- Let the disinfectant soak in for five minutes.
- Use a paper towel to pick up the droppings and other waste. Put it in the garbage.
- After removing the droppings and nesting materials, spray down any items rodents might have contaminated.
- Mop the floors and clean countertops with disinfectant.
- Steam-clean or shampoo upholstered furniture and carpets where rodents have been.
- Wash any bedding or clothing that might have been exposed to rodents or their droppings/urine with laundry detergent in hot water.
- Remove the gloves and wash your hands thoroughly.