Cleaning After a Mice Infestation

You think you have finally removed the last of the mice that have taken over your home.  Congratulations to you!  But don’t start your celebratory dance just yet.  Why, because now it’s time for some major clean up.  Mice are dirty little rodents and may carry bacteria, viruses and other diseases.  As a result, the clean up after an infestation must be done cautiously and properly.

First thing to consider:  Are ALL the mice really gone?

  • Were you able to locate where/how the mice were able to gain entrance in the first place?
  • Did you properly block and seal the entrance?

After you take care of the entrance issue and think that all the mice are gone, you should still trap/bait for 1 week AFTER you think the mice are gone.  This you can be 100% sure they are gone and that they have found another way in.

Clean up:

Certain mouse species transmit diseases and viruses through their droppings, urine and saliva.  All surfaces that have come into contact with mice or excrement should be thoroughly disinfected. Mouse droppings and debris should be carefully picked up and disposed of with sturdy nonabsorbent gloves. An OSHA-approved respirator with functioning cartridges should be worn. It also is advised that clothing worn during cleaning be thrown away immediately afterward.

Start by making sure the area is well ventilated and let it air out at least 30 minutes before the cleaning begins.  It is important not to sweep or vacuum mouse droppings, as these cleaning methods cause the release of more airborne virus particles.  Instead, spray the droppings with bleach water or disinfectant; let it to sit for 5 minutes.  Use paper towels to pick up the droppings and dispose of any towels or cloths that come into contact with feces or the surfaces of an infested room. If the infested area is carpeted it is advised that you have the carpets and rugs steamed cleaned.  Gloves should be disposed of, and it is suggested that the hands be washed several times after cleaning.

Any items that have considerable damage should be thrown away and replaced.  Place all contaminated and cleaning materials in plastic trash bags that seal tightly. Each plastic trash bag should be sealed tightly inside yet another plastic trash bag. Dispose of trash in outdoor garbage bins. Hands should be washed thoroughly and the newly cleaned area should be exposed to fresh air and sunshine for a number of hours