How do I safely remove a dead rodent (rat, mouse or squirrel) from the attic?
Monday, June 25, 2018
It’s important to follow a safe process when removing a dead rodent from the attic because of the possibility of bacterial or viral infection. Here’s what the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends:
- Wear rubber, latex or vinyl gloves.
- Spray the dead rodent, and any surrounding nest or droppings, with a disinfectant or bleach and water solution (1 part bleach to 10 parts water) until soaked, and let sit for 5 minutes.
- Place the dead rodent, and any surrounding nest or droppings, in a plastic bag and seal tightly. Place the full bag in a second plastic bag and seal tightly.
- Any exposed insulation that has been contaminated by the dead rodent, urine, droppings, or nest should also be placed in plastic bags for removal.
- Wipe clean any hard surfaces that have been sprayed with the disinfectant or bleach and water solution with a paper towel or rag.
- Throw the bag(s) in a covered trash can that is regularly emptied.
- Remove gloves, and thoroughly wash hands with soap and water. You can also use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap is not available and hands are not visibly soiled.
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