Mouse droppings are hazardous to human health and should always be cleaned up. Mice are carriers of terrible diseases such as Salmonellosis, Hantavirus, Listeria, and even the plague, which they spread in their urine, feces, and saliva. Everywhere mice go, they spread these bacteria and put your family at risk of illness. If you’re dealing with a mouse problem in your home, call Mouse Control Toronto now for effective mouse removal and cleaning services.
Mice are nocturnal, omnivorous rodents that are attracted to the warmth and food that people’s kitchens have to offer. The most common species of mice in Canada are the house mouse and deer mouse. While the house mouse is mostly grey or brown in colour, the deer mouse has a brown back and white belly. Both mice grow up to 10cm in length and have long, hairless tails that grow just as long. These mice like to invade kitchen pantries and cabinets, leaving feces everywhere they go. As nocturnal creatures, they are usually difficult to find during the day as they often nest inside the walls of the home.
Mouse droppings are tiny, black or dark brown pellets that resemble grains of rice. These can be found anywhere the mice go, such as inside the pantry, under the sink, or within the kitchen cabinets. You may also find droppings on the floor along the baseboards of the kitchen. Mice tend to leave smear marks here as well, marking their paths with urine for other mice to follow. Luckily, all of this can be cleaned with household cleaning products that are widely available in grocery stores or hardware stores.
It’s important to protect yourself when cleaning up mouse droppings, so put on disposable gloves before getting started. Spray the droppings with a household disinfectant, then let it sit for about 10 minutes. Make sure to follow the product’s instructions as some disinfectants need more or less time. Pick up the droppings with a paper towel, then throw them out in the garbage immediately. Don’t use a vacuum to pick up droppings! Mouse feces contain many harmful bacteria that will disperse into the air and risk being inhaled when vacuumed. If you come across a nest or any mice that have perished, spray those with disinfectant and throw them out as well. Disinfect every surrounding surface and wash any contaminated fabrics at the highest allowable temperature. Mop the floors and wipe down the counters with everyday cleaning products. Then, take out the garbage as soon as you are done cleaning.
Cleaning up after mice can be difficult, but it is necessary to reduce your risk of getting sick. Mouse droppings not only contain harmful bacteria, but they are breeding grounds for more bacteria to grow. They may also attract other pests into the home as rats and insects will feed on animal droppings. If you’re dealing with mouse droppings, it’s important that you get rid of the problem and eliminate the mice entirely. Mouse Control offers safe and effective mouse control services. Our technicians are experienced in mouse removal and know how to keep them gone for good. Call Mouse Control (647-496-0492) today and ask us about our cleaning services.