Mice are problematic pests. Their flexible little bodies let them squeeze through the tiniest of cracks, invading your home and leaving a hazardous mess of grease and feces behind them. Mice are carriers of harmful diseases like hantavirus, salmonella, and listeria, which they spread everywhere they go. Even after an infestation has been taken care of, it’s important to clean up the droppings they’ve left behind. If you’re worried about an infestation or need help cleaning up, give Mouse Control Toronto a call.
Mice are nocturnal mammals that feed on a variety of foods including fruits, vegetables, seeds, and grains. They also sometimes eat meat and whatever organic waste they find. Because mice are prey to many animals, they like to stay as hidden as possible. This means that they like to nest in undisturbed areas like within the insulation of the walls. Mice have poor vision, so they create scent trails with their urine for other mice to follow. They follow the same trails again and again, creating grease marks and trails of feces that you may find when cleaning up after them.
Mouse droppings are dark brown or black in colour, and usually measure between 3 and 6mm in length. At first glance, they look like black grains of rice. These droppings are commonly found along mouse trails, within nests, and in covered areas of the kitchen like under the sink or within the cabinets. You may also find droppings in the pantry, in stored containers of food. Be careful when cleaning up these droppings because they are full of harmful bacteria.
To safely clean up droppings, you should first put on some disposable gloves. This is to ensure that you don’t get any on your hands. Spray any droppings you find with a household disinfectant and follow the product’s instructions. Most disinfectants ask that you let it sit for about 10 minutes. Using a paper towel, pick up the feces and discard them immediately in the garbage. Never use a vacuum cleaner to pick up mouse droppings as you risk inhaling their particles. Once you have removed the droppings, continue to disinfect the surrounding area and any items that may have come in contact with mice. You should then mop the floor and wipe down nearby surfaces with soapy water. Disinfect everything and wash contaminated fabrics at the highest allowable temperature. To safely get rid of dead mice or nests, spray them with disinfectant as well, then throw them out in sealed plastic bags. Take out the garbage as soon as you are done cleaning up.
If you’re dealing with a big mess, you may want to get professional help. Mouse Control offers cleaning and disinfection services in addition to its quality pest removal. Our staff members are ready to tackle any pest problem. We use safe, hospital-grade disinfectants and mists that effectively destroy bacteria and remove odour. Feel free to give Mouse Control a call (647-496-0492) and ask us how we can help.