The Importance of Cleaning Up After A Mice Infestation
Mice are messy houseguests and leave their droppings and urine behind wherever they go. Under the right conditions mouse populations can grow quickly, a female mouse can give birth to 5-10 litters per year with each litter containing as many as 12 babies. A number of health risks, including hantavirus, salmonellosis and even asthma have been linked with exposure to mouse droppings and urine.
The risk of harmful contamination inside your home can lead to both physical illness and mental stress. This is why cleaning the mess left behind is critical. While droppings found on counters and in cupboards can often be cleaned and disinfected by homeowners, provided they take proper safety precautions, the bulk of the contamination will be found in harder to reach places.
Properly clearing and cleaning after mouse removal is an important step in protecting your health and your home’s comfort. Backed with knowledge and experience Skedaddle technicians go the distance to identify mouse contamination inside your home as part of our initial property assessment. We then share with you our findings and develop a game plan to remediate the damage. If you’ve been living with mice, or suspect that you might be, contact us today to schedule a property assessment to learn more about our proven removal, clean up and prevention process.
Mice in Attics
Mice spend most of their time in hard to reach places like attics and behind walls. These dark and cozy spots protect them from potential predators, provide shelter from the elements and give them a place to store food and build nests. The highest concentrations of activity and contamination can be found in these locations. As part of Skedaddle’s property assessment our technicians will climb into your attic to visually inspect for damage and contamination.
An attic inspection is often the best way to get an overall understanding of the extent of infestation. Our technicians venture into attics each day and can gauge the level of activity based on the amount of droppings and mouse tunnels through attic insulation.
Unfortunately for homeowners, cleaning and clearing attic mouse droppings is a challenge. It’s not possible or practical to separate mouse dropping and urine from the insulation which means it all needs to be removed and replaced. Our technicians will be sure to walk you through their finds and provide recommendations for remediation. Skedaddle offers full service attic restoration and has the experience and specialty equipment needed to return your attic to a safe and healthy condition.
Our attic restoration service includes:
- Using a gas-powered vacuum to suck out the attic contents through the roof to avoid cross-contamination
- Applying a liquid bacterial digester designed to break down organic waste
- Reinsulating the attic to ensure your home is comfortable and help you save money
Home Maintenance and Mice
Many people believe mice only live in dirty or unkept homes but even new, well-built and clean houses offer shelter and protection to mice. What is true is that proper sanitation and the elimination of food sources can go a long way toward reducing the overall mouse pressure on your home. Unsecured garbage, pet food and bird seed all help to ensure strong and healthy mouse populations around your home. There is a greater chance of mice making their way into your home if they can reliably find food nearby.