How to Clean Rodent Droppings 

October 28, 2021

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Rodents are disease-carrying machines that spread viruses and bacteria everywhere they go. If there are rodents making your home their own, you are likely to come across rodent droppings. But don’t reach for the paper towels just yet – these droppings can spread harmful airborne particles that could get you and your family sick. To protect the health of your household, learn how to properly remove rodent remnants from your home:  

1.Suit Up

Rubber gloves and a face mask are essential when cleaning up after rodents. A fitted respirator may also be needed if there are an abundance of droppings.

2.Sterilize

Use a spray disinfectant or a mix of one-part bleach with one-part water to sterilize the area (let it soak five minutes). It’s important for rodent droppings to be wet before they are removed. 

3.Throw It Out

Using a paper towel, pick up the waste and put it in the trash can. Be sure to disinfect the affected area once more after removing the droppings.

4.Clean Your Hands

After droppings are removed and the area disinfected, take off your gloves and wash your hands immediately with soap and water.  

To help avoid a rodent mess in the future, contact Orkin Canada to find out the best rodent management plan for you. For more on removing rodent droppings and avoiding health risks, download this quick guide.

Rodent Health Risks Guide

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Reviewed by Alice Sinia, Ph.D., MSc on October 25 2021.

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