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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Here’s links to a collection of our blog posts about ATTICS:

What are the mistakes to avoid when doing attic improvements? 

What are the hazards to avoid when going into an attic? 

What is the most common type of roof-to-wall attachment? What are the building code requirements for installing an appliance (furnace, air handler, water heater) in the attic?

How do I safely remove a dead rodent (rat, mouse or squirrel) from the attic?

What are the common problems with attic insulation? 

Why is there no attic access hatch in the house?

How do I safely clean up rodent (rat, mouse or squirrel) urine or droppings the attic?

Why is there no attic access hatch in the house?

 Is an attic required to have a light by the building code? 

What is the building code requirement for an attic access hatch, scuttle, or door?

Why is vermiculite attic insulation a problem for both buyers and sellers of a home? 

What are the code requirements for NM-cable (nonmetallic-sheathed cable or Romex®) in an attic? 

What are the warning signs of a dangerous attic pull-down ladder?

Do home inspectors go on the roof? Do they get in the attic?

How much of a roof truss can I cut out to make a storage platform in the attic? 

• When was a fire separation in the attic first required between sides of a duplex? 

    Visit our ROOF AND ATTIC and SAFETY pages for other related blog posts on this subject, or go to the INDEX for a complete listing of all our articles.

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