You rarely see them in action but you’ll know you’ve got them just by the evidence they leave behind. Mice droppings. Blackish rice-like pellets scattered everywhere – in the kitchen cabinets, on countertops, scattered among the linens, in your socks drawer – and that’s not good for your health.
Mice are not nice. Mouse droppings are nasty and can breed disease. So, of course, you want to take steps to stop mice from coming into your home in the first place – before you see the signs. But if the noxious pellets are there, you have to clean it up.
There are specific things you must do to clean up mouse droppings. You would think vacuuming would work well. It does not. Vacuuming, or sweeping, stirs up dust, and you don’t want to breathe in that dust. Doing so could expose you to airborne viruses and bacteria. In fact, it’s far better to ventilate infested areas before stirring things up. Don’t vacuum or sweep!
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends using a disinfectant or a one-part bleach to 10 parts water solution for spraying infected areas. Then use a paper towel to wipe up the droppings to throw away in the garbage. Also, wear rubber gloves. You can’t be too safe when it comes to safeguarding your health.
Then everything and anything that has been touched by mouse droppings must also be disinfected. Fabrics must be washed in hot water and detergent. Anything that can’t be washed, like books and important papers, should be aired out in the sun. According to CDC, sunlight destroys viruses carried by mice.
To avoid the hassle in the first place, taking action to stop mice from invading your home in the first place is probably your best defense.