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Tips for Cleaning Up After Rodents & Navigating the Aftermath

Tips for Cleaning Up After Rodents & Navigating the Aftermath - Bio-One of Sacramento

Rodent infestations in homes can be startling and unsanitary. Once the critters have been dealt with, the immediate question homeowners face is how to safely and effectively clean up after them. In this blog post, we'll walk you through the process of making your home rodent-free and safe for your family and pets once again. Here, we outline DIY solutions and when it's best to bring in professional help!

Disclaimer: Please note, that we are not a pest control company but specialize in cleaning up after rodent infestations, focusing on the safe and thorough removal of droppings and disinfection of affected areas. While we possess extensive knowledge of handling the aftermath of a rodent infestation, we do not deal directly with the extermination of the pests. However, we can offer valuable tips for managing the situation and recommend the right specialists should you find yourself dealing with a pest infestation.

Identification is Key

Before you begin cleanup, it's essential to understand the full scope of the infestation. Common signs of rodent infestations include droppings, gnaw marks, and nests made of shredded material like cardboard and fabric. The first step is to thoroughly inspect your home. Check common rodent hangouts like the attic, basement, and crawl spaces. Be sure to look for entry points and seal them to prevent reentry (we'll get there in a minute!)

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Cleaning Up After Rodents Safely and Effectively

Rodent droppings and urine can spread diseases, so cleaning must be done cautiously. Here are some safety tips and procedures for thorough cleanup:

Safety First

Always wear protective gear, including gloves, masks, and eyewear. Ventilate the area well and minimize dust by dampening surfaces.


Remove and seal contaminated items, including food, toiletries, and pet supplies. Double-bag these and discard them according to local regulations.

Surface-Specific Procedures

Carpets and upholstery might need steam cleaning, while solid surfaces can be wiped with a bleach solution. Using a HEPA vacuum is also recommended, especially for hard-to-reach areas.

Choosing the Right Disinfectant

Effective disinfectants for rodent-borne pathogens include bleach solutions and commercial products. Always read labels for proper usage and dilution instructions.

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Restoring and Preventing Reinfestation

After the surfaces are clean, focus on restoring your home and preventing future infestations:

Repairing Damages

Rodents can cause structural damage and chew through electrical wiring, creating fire hazards. Professional repair may be necessary to restore your home's safety and integrity.

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Prevention Measures

Keeping all food in airtight containers, maintaining a clean home, and installing rodent-proof mesh over potential entry points, will help keep rodents at bay.

When to Call in the Pros

If you're unsure about the extent of the damage or your ability to clean effectively, it's best to call a professional. A pest control company can help you tackle the issue, while a rodent droppings cleanup company can help you deal with the aftermath because sometimes pest control companies do not cover this aspect of the remediation.

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Bio-One of Sacramento Can Help!

Bio-One of Sacramento offers specialized rodent droppings cleanup services for those wanting a professional and thorough cleaning. With a combination of DIY tips and professional support, you can ensure your home is sanitized and safe for your loved ones. Remember, cleaning after rodents is key to preventing the spread of illnesses. Contact us today for a free consultation in the area!