How to Clean Mouse Droppings from Carpet

How to Clean Mouse Droppings from Carpet

Mice are unsanitary creatures whose droppings should be cleaned up immediately. These animals carry contagious diseases like Salmonellosis, Listeria, and Hantavirus, which they spread in their feces every they go. To avoid getting sick, you must properly clean up mouse droppings. For quality pest removal and cleaning services, call Mouse Control Toronto.

Mouse droppings are small pellets that look like black grains of rice. Measuring only between 3 and 6mm in length, a single dropping may at first go unnoticed. Mouse droppings however are often found close together and in trails that can be found anywhere, mice go, such as under the sink, in the pantry, or within the kitchen cabinets. The kitchen, basement, attic, and garage are common areas that mice like to infest, so you may find droppings in those rooms. Mice do not defecate in a single spot. They mark their paths with their urine and feces for other mice to follow. Thankfully, droppings can easily be cleaned.

If there are mouse droppings on your carpet, put on a pair of disposable vinyl, rubber, or latex gloves, then pick up the feces with a paper towel and throw them out. While it may be tempting, never clean up feces with a vacuum. This can make the bacteria and viruses in the feces airborne, which you could then breathe in and get sick. Spray an anti-bacterial carpet cleaner or cleaning solution onto the stain, then let it sit for a few minutes to disinfect. To make your own solution, mix together two cups of water, one tablespoon of non-bleach dish soap, and one tablespoon of white vinegar. You do not want to use bleach because this could permanently lighten your carpet. Blot the stain with a clean cloth until the stain is fully removed, then blot it with cold water. Once it has dried, sprinkle some baking soda over the affected area, let it sit for about 10 minutes, then vacuum it up. The carpet should then be clean.

If you find droppings on other surfaces, spray them with a household disinfectant, then wait for about 10 minutes to let the disinfectant work. Using a paper towel, pick up the droppings and throw them out. Wipe the surface clean, then disinfect the surrounding area and wash any nearby fabrics at the highest allowable heat setting. You can throw small area rugs in the wash as well. Mop the floor with disinfectant. If you find any nests or mice that have perished, make sure to spray these with disinfectant as well, bag them in sealable plastic bags, then throw them out. When you’re done cleaning, throw out your gloves and take the garbage out immediately.

As long as there are mice, there will be droppings. The long-term solution to this problem is eliminating the mouse infestation entirely. While snap traps are good at eliminating mice, they are not as efficient nor as effective as professional help. A licensed pest removal technician will have access to commercial-grade baits and traps that reach every mouse. Mouse Control also offers mouse-proofing services to keep the mice away for good. Call Mouse Control now: 647-496-0492.

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