Mice can carry bacteria, viruses and other diseases. Therefore, clean-up or decontamination efforts following an infestation should be carried out with caution.
Decontaminate after the passage of the exterminator
It is important not to disturb dust particles or rodent feces in affected areas. Nest materials should also be left untouched during this period. Sweeping or vacuuming these materials can result in the release of harmful particles suspended in the air.
Deer mice are the main vectors of hantavirus,although other rodents such as white-footed mice, cotton rats and rice rats may also be carriers.
This virus can be deadly and is found in the feces, urine and saliva of the Scots mouse. Hantavirus is transmitted to humans by airborne particles, and the symptoms are similar to those of common influenza. However, people with this virus should seek medical attention immediately after they are identified.
Cleaning mouse droppings
Mouse droppings are pin-shaped and approximately the size of a grain of rice. Some mouse species transmit diseases and viruses through their feces, urine and saliva.
All surfaces that have come into contact with mice or feces must be completely disinfected. Mouse feces and debris should be carefully collected and discarded with sturdy non-absorbent gloves.
Wear an OSHA-approved respirator with functional cartridges. It is also advisable to discard the clothes worn during cleaning immediately after cleaning.
It is important not to sweep or suck up mouse droppings, as these cleaning methods cause more airborne viral particles to be released. Discard towels or rags that come into contact with faeces or surfaces of an infested room. Gloves should be discarded, and it is recommended to wash your hands several times after cleaning.
Place all contaminated materials and cleaners in plastic garbage bags that close tightly. Each plastic garbage bag must be sealed tightly inside another plastic garbage bag. Eliminate waste in landfills or outdoor garbage cans. Hands should be thoroughly washed and the newly cleaned area should be exposed to fresh air and sunshine for a number of hours.
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