You need to take certain precautions before, during, and after cleaning the Independence rodent feces. Before you start with the decontamination process, be sure that the rodent infestation has already been solved. The entry points should have been sealed and the trapping process should proceed for at least a week. After all the signs of active infestation have been eliminated, this should only be the time that you should clean the attic.
Tips in Cleaning the Feces of Rodent in the Attic
Open the Missouri windows to ventilate the area. Allow the fresh air to circulate and leave the room for at least 30 minutes. You may also utilize cross-ventilation but make certain that you will not be in the area during the airing-out process.
Cleaning the Droppings and Urine
When you start with the cleaning process, it is important never to use a method that will stir-up the dust particles. Therefore, you should stay away from sweeping or using vacuum. Wear some protective gears such as disposable glove, mask with HEPA filter, and goggles. If you have a disinfectant, spray it directly on the droppings. You may also create your own disinfectant by mixing bleach and water. If you are using a commercial product, be sure to follow the instruction of the manufacturer. A paper towel should be used to pick up the droppings. This should also be disposed in your waste bag.
Cleaning and Disinfecting the Area
After you successfully eliminated the Independence droppings, you will have to mop the surface with the bleach solution or disinfectant. If there is a stored furniture in your attic, you may need to shampoo or steam-clean it. Carpets should also be decontaminated if there are signs of dropping. After you have completed the decontamination process, you need to dispose the gloves, and mask.
Disposing the Droppings
Dispose all the waste into the Missouri garbage bag including the materials that you used for cleaning and the contaminated materials such as insulations. When you seal the garbage bag, expect that there will be air trapped inside. Never release this since the fungal spores will also be released into the air. You can inhale the spores that will promote the disease transmission. Place the garbage bag into another garbage bag before sealing it once more. Some municipalities have regulations with regards to the disposal of the animal’s feces. You may call the local wildlife department to be aware of this regulation. Add a label on the plastic bags to warn them that the content inside the bag can be infectious.
Special care and precaution will have to be taken in case you have a full-blown Independence rodent infestation especially if there is the presence of hantavirus has been confirmed. Any person that is involved in the clean-up process should be equipped with coveralls, gloves, goggles, rubber boots, etc. These protective gears should also be decontaminated after. Since rodent droppings are known to carry pathogens, you need to be extra cautious when dealing with them.