Rodent droppings can be very harmful to human’s respiratory systems and can be fatal. Rodent droppings are only the beginning and are an indication that rodent saliva and urine also exist. Cleaning up rodent waste and proper disinfection of the area should be done by professionals who wear proper personal safety equipment (full biohazard suits, full respirator, and gloves) and have the chemicals necessary to disinfect the area to mitigate any contamination that an cause sickness. If in an attic, it may be necessary to remove any soiled and contaminated insulation and the ducts should be inspected for gnaw marks and intrusion into the vents that could further contaminate the home.
The CDC put out an information fact sheet about the health risks of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS). This fact sheet explains how people get HPS, the symptoms, how it’s diagnosed, treated, and prevented. It also provides photos of the rodents that are known to carry the Hantavirus.
If you choose to clean rodent droppings on your own use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to ensure the dust borne particles that may carry infection are not being recalculated into the air and throughout your home. Be sure to sanitize the area thoroughly.
Cleaning Up Rat and Mice Droppings with Chemicals
Different chemicals can be used to clean up rodent droppings, it really just depends if it is in an attic, outside, in the house, etc. Although chemicals can be purchased for rodent dropping clean up, the risks involved with improper clean up warrant having professional rodent dropping clean up specialists do it for you.