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How do I clean and disinfect after a rat infestation?

The following clean-up procedures will reduce your risk of exposure:

  • Never dry sweep or vacuum a rodent infested area. Always use wet cleaning methods.
  • Always wear rubber gloves, long sleeves, protective eyewear, and a dust mask when cleaning. This will help protect you from contamination, and from coming in contact with potentially harmful chemicals.
  • A 10 parts water to 1 part chlorine bleach solution or a household disinfectant can be used to clean up contaminated areas.
  • Dispose of dead rodents by disinfecting first. Use gloves to pick up the rodent, place it in a bag, and seal it. Place the bag within another bag and seal it. Put the bag in a covered outdoor trash can that is regularly emptied.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with warm soapy water and dry with paper towels when you are done cleaning. Launder your clothes normally.

Note that these are recommendations provided by the CDC. Remember that bleach can stain surfaces and that cleaning chemicals can be harmful if misused. Always follow label instructions.

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