Rats are small creatures, but the damage they cause when they raid your home can be staggering.
Everyone more or less knows how to do routine housekeeping. On the other hand, the cleaning procedure that is required after a rat infestation is no routine cleanup. Whether or not you are a neat freak, you need to disinfect your home from top to bottom if you have been infested by rats. But how do you proceed? Is it something everyone can do?
Before starting to clean up after a rat infestation
First, to effectively clean your home after a rat infestation, you need to rethink your usual housekeeping strategy. Using a simple mild soap won’t be enough to get the job done properly, since you not only have to clean, but also disinfect the premises. Wear latex, vinyl or rubber gloves, safety glasses and a mask. Also take out your broom, mop or vacuum cleaner. Bleach is your friend here. Use it to make your homemade disinfectant blend as follows: use a mixture of one and a half cups of bleach for every gallon of water (1 part bleach to 10 parts water). You can also purchase an OTC commercial disinfectant if you prefer.
Dealing with rat urine and feces
After the infestation, you or a professional exterminator have dealt with the rodents. Parasites have been trapped, relocated or exterminated as necessary. All that is left is to remove all traces of their presence in your home. This begins with cleaning urine and feces.
Before starting, ventilate the space. Open doors and windows at least 30 minutes before you start cleaning to let fresh air in. Don’t just stand there, leave the room during this time. After 30 minutes, scan the room for urine and feces. Avoid stirring up too much dust during your inspection. Put on your gloves and mask and spray the urine and feces you find with your disinfectant mixture. Pick them up with a paper towel and dispose of this toxic waste in the garbage. Then disinfect the soiled area with your disinfectant mixture.
Pick up rat debris and dispose of it properly
At this stage, the rats are no longer present, nor are their urine and feces. All you have to do is pick up the debris they caused. Rats are small creatures that can easily sneak in. Inspect your cabinets, dressers, storage spaces and other areas for signs that they have been present. When you identify a suspect area, repeat your disinfection procedure there and discard any material or food that may have been in contact with the rats.
Once everything has been picked up, double the garbage bags that contain the waste and take them out of your house. These bags should be picked up by the waste collection service as soon as possible.
Steam clean to eliminate persistent bacteria from rodents
The waste is out on the street and your home is gradually recovering its normal appearance. But your job isn’t finished yet, because some materials are more difficult to disinfect than others. To disinfect carpets, upholstery and small furniture, you will need to steam clean them. The high heat of the cleaning device and its disinfectant solution are necessary to kill stubborn bacteria.
Elite Pest Control: for a professional cleaning procedure after rats have been removed
After a rat infestation, a thorough cleaning is essential to reduce the risk of a new infestation and ensure the health of the occupants. However, a simple housekeeping is not enough, since rats carry many diseases.
To guarantee professional disinfection, contact Elite Pest Control. Our team’s competence, availability and commitment to satisfaction will solve any infestation problem. Proof that Elite Pest Control offers the best service possible.