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When you have rodents in your attic, you cannot expect them to leave everything as-it-is and disappear. Rats and mice don’t just run around and make scratching sounds at night. They mess up the whole place.

Rats or mice can, for example, chew on anything they land their incisor teeth on. It can be an electric cable, furniture, pipe, wall, or fabric. Plus, they leave potentially infectious material including dead rodents or rodent droppings, urine, and saliva all around the attic.

Put simply, rats and mice in the attic are a threat to both the house and the people living in it. Rodents such as rats and mice alone can spread up to 35 diseases.

It is possible that a dead rat or its droppings, urine, or saliva carry disease-causing viruses or bacteria.

So, cleaning up after rodents run havoc in your attic, isn’t as simple as using a mop and broom.  

You need to follow steps that typically technicians specializing in post-rodent attic cleaning would follow.

Here in this post, we will discuss top tips on how to clean up once you get rid of rodents in your attic.

Before You Clean Up After Rodents in Your Attic

Are you sure rodents won’t come around again? Is your attic rodent-proof now?

If it isn’t, consider calling in professionals who will safely and effectively rodent-proof your attic and advise you on ways to keep rodents out of your attic.

You don’t want to be cleaning up every other week.

So you have to be 100% sure that rodents will not find a way in, again.

How to Safely Clean Up After Rodents in Your Attic?

The CDC recommends that you wait at least five days before you start cleaning up a rodent-infested attic, basement, or crawlspace. When there is no sign of an ongoing rodent infestation in the attic, follow the steps below to clean it up:  

Step 1: Open all doors and windows for at least half an hour. Avoid visiting the attic during this time. Let fresh air come in and remove potentially contaminated air inside the attic. Try cross ventilation for maximum air circulation.

Step 2: Put on a dust mask and wear rubber, vinyl, or latex gloves when you clean up rodent droppings, urine, saliva, footprints, and nesting materials. Dust masks don’t guarantee 100% protection but they are helpful in avoiding accidental ingestion or inhalation of contaminated dust, debris, etc.

Step 3: You need a cleaning solution. You can use a household disinfectant; follow instructions on the label. Alternatively, you can mix bleach with water in a 1:9 ratio.

Step 4: Thoroughly spray the cleaning solution on droppings, urine, and nesting material to inactivate disease-causing bacteria and viruses.

Step 4: Next, use paper towels to pick up all potentially infectious materials and gather them in a bag. Seal the bag tight to safely dispose of it.  

Step 5: Spray the solution on your attic floor and mop it up.

Step 6: Do you have storage containers and furniture items in your attic? Place them in a ventilated area.

Step 7:  Disinfect exteriors of storage containers made from metal, wood, glass, or thick plastic with bleach or household disinfectant. Cardboard boxes contaminated with rodent droppings or urine should be discarded.

Step 8: Wipe drawers, cabinets, and countertops clean with disinfectant or bleach.

Step 9: If there are any rugs or upholstered furniture items in the attic, you can shampoo them with a disinfectant or use a professional-grade steam cleaner.

Step 10: What if you have papers, file folders, books, magazines, and other items that cannot be washed? Well, you can keep them in a sunlit area for a day or store them in a secure place for one week.

Step 12: Wash bedding, clothing, stuffed toys, etc. in hot water and detergent. Keep wearing the gloves and mask. You can machine-dry the laundry (at a high setting). Alternatively, you can hang it to air-dry in sun (in your yard).

Step 11:  Decontaminate gloves with the cleaning solution. Wash your hands with soap and water.

What If Air Ducts In Your Attic Are Contaminated by Rodents?

When there is evidence that rats or mice have been crawling inside air ducts (heating and cooling ventilation systems), it’s best to call in professional rodent exterminators for safe and effective rodent control and clean-up.

Rodent control experts know how to deal with a rodent infestation in ventilation systems or how to clean ducts after a rodent infestation.

Final Words

If you are not confident that you can clean up your attic safely and effectively on your own, don’t hesitate to ask for help.

While safe removal/disposal of infectious material is important, the residual smell of urine or droppings can also attract more rodents to invade your attic.

Therefore, it is important that attic cleaning and sanitation are done properly.

Call Rodents Stop at (818) 583-7287 and speak with a rodent control technician specializing in attic cleaning today. 

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100's of Client Reviews!!

  • Paul K.Los Angeles, CA

    January 21, 2021

    I had a recurrent problem of rats winding up in my attic and had tried a couple of other pest control services over a few years, with the problem always recurring after a short while. I decided to give Rodents Stop a try after reading some of the reviews here on Yelp. They came out and explained how the (essentially temporary) measures I'd taken before would never really keep the rats away for good, due to the scents/pheromones that were remaining in my attic (leading them to keep trying to find ways in).

  • Kian A. Encino, CA

    January 21, 2021

    For months I denied the overwhelming reality-I had a major rat infestation! And all my efforts to quell the populating rodents were in vain. After the rats had chewed into my couch trying to get the food left behind by my kids, that's when I knew the problem was bigger than I could handle by myself. All the rat traps, from mechanical to electronic were no match for nature biggest little beasts. It was like trying to get Miley Cyrus to just go away, it's just not gonna happen.

  • Jay J.Northridge, CA

    January 21, 2021

    If you have a rodent problem, these are the guys to call! The lifetime guarantee is amazing; what better way to eradicate rodents and make sure they stay gone forever. They check the entire perimeter of your home--top to bottom--to ensure it is completely closed off to any future unwanted guests. They will make as many house calls as needed to address customer concerns. Seriously, give these guys a call. You won't regret it!

  • Daviozzz A. Los Angeles, CA

    January 21, 2021

    These guys really know what their doing. I had an ongoing problem for about 6 months, I could not sleep at night, my dog was driving me crazy. They came out and did their famous rodent treatment. No noises for about a month. Thank you guys.

  • Molly H. Los Angeles, CA

    January 21, 2021

    Zeev, Heather, Ivan and the rest of the team are fantastic! We knew there was some rodent activity in our attic, but didn't do anything about it until the nasty critters got into our home and actually chewed a hole in the hard plastic elbow of our dishwasher drain line! We called Rodent Stop, and Zeev came out for an inspection and gave us a quote the very next day. We were relieved to have a plan of attack, and Ivan and his team took over the next morning. They started early, and by mid-afternoon had cleared away all evidence of the rodent activity (including all the scent trails). In addition to getting rid of the existing evidence, the team had patched up all of the access points, and left some traps in all the areas that had shown prior signs of activity to avoid future activity. It has been a week, and we are ecstatic with the results. While we heard some scratching activity the first few days (which was likely coming from outside where Ivan's team had patched some access points), the scratching has now ceased. Zeev came back yesterday, and confirmed that all of the "inside" traps -- i.e., those in enclosed spaces (i.e., our living quarters, the attic and crawlspace) -- remain armed and undisturbed, which indicates to us that the patching did the trick. The only trap that went off is in an outdoor shed that needs overall repair, and can't be made rodent proof at this time. That trap did catch one mouse, which was removed and the trap replaced. Assuming there is no further activity between now and Friday, we'll move forward with the new insulation in the attic, and be done -- all in very short order. Thanks Rodent Stop!!!

  • Sean M. Los Angeles, CA

    January 21, 2021

    Rodents Stop made a lot of promises when they first came out, I thought it was to good to be true but wow, what an amazing service. From the office staff to the employees actually doing work. My problem was on going for about 2 years, I know right, who would deal with something for that long, the truth is that I tried other companies and they really didn't do much. Not to mention they didn't solve my problem. All other companies know how to do is set traps, they don't clean up, they don't seal openings, and they don't spray for disease. Also no one offers a life time guarantee like rodents stop. I like that. I feel like I just moved into a new house. It's been 2 months now and I'm actually getting some sleep at night. No dead rats in traps, no flies, nothing to do with rats or mice what's so ever. Thanks Rodents stop.

  • Rachael S. Bellflower, CA

    January 21, 2021

    I emailed them a couple of times desperate for service. It says they service the Los Angeles area (which should include Bellflower). I'm disabled and live alone with my small dog. I've been fighting mice for 2.5 years but am in desperate need for someone who really knows what they are doing and has a lifetime warranty because my dog and I have become infested with some kind of parasites that the mice brought in. I have several lesions and a huge infection on my back from the parasites. I left them my email and phone number with no response. I can't find another company with their experience, ratings, and guarantee and I'm really desperate for help and really disappointed they haven't contacted me. Again I emailed you last night, and got zero response today. I don't get it. As long as I give you the review you want, you ignore me? But as soon as you don't like my rating, you'll move heaven and earth to talk to me??

  • Paul M. Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, CA

    January 21, 2021

    We're selling our house and we needed to get take care of the mess that rats had done to our attic. Zev came out the next day and gave a fair quote for the job. The Rodents Stop crew came out the day after and took care of cleaning and patching the whole house in a timely manner. They were all very professional and very thorough. Heather on the phone was extremely delightful to deal with also. I highly recommend them!

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