There are a vast amount of reasons why a house or business would have rodent dropping around, some from food, hoarding, storage or whatever, but this should never be taken lightly. Depending on the amount of dropping one could have an infestation of these animals, that needs to be taken care of before the cleanup begins.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF RODENTS
There are many times of rodent droppings can leave droppings all around the areas of the home or business depending on the location of the home or office. This are not just the residential mice that we all think about during the winter time that may leave droppings on counter-tops, tables, floors and more. There are more such as but not limited to:
Before any type of clean up is done the owners needs to call if they find there are large amounts of and type of rodent dropping that the animals have been removed and there is not a nest or infestation in the areas or locations.
DISEASES THAT DROPPINGS CAN CAUSE
Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome: A rare but serious respiratory disease caused by a virus that is transmitted by infected rodents, particularly deer mice. Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, cough, and difficulty breathing, and the disease can be fatal in some cases.
Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection that can spread through contact with water or soil that has been contaminated by the urine of infected rodents, particularly rats. In severe cases, it can cause kidney and liver failure. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, and vomiting.
Salmonellosis: A bacterial infection that can be transmitted through food or water contaminated with rodent feces or through direct contact with infected rodents. Symptoms include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps.
Tularemia is a bacterial infection that can be spread by handling infected rodents, getting tick or deer fly bites, or coming into contact with infected rodents. Fever, chills, headaches, and muscle aches are a few of the symptoms; in extreme cases, it can result in pneumonia or even result in death.
Lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCM): A viral infection that is transmitted by exposure to rodent urine or droppings, particularly from house mice. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, and fatigue, and in rare cases, it can lead to meningitis or encephalitis.
Plague: A bacterial infection that can be transmitted by bites from infected fleas that have fed on infected rodents. Symptoms include fever, chills, weakness, and swollen lymph nodes, and it can be fatal if not treated promptly.
Eosinophilic meningitis is a rare but serious infection brought on by a parasitic worm that is spread through contact with rodent excrement. Headache, fever, and neck and back stiffness are among the symptoms.
Hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS): A viral infection that can be transmitted by contact with infected rodents or their droppings. Symptoms include fever, headache, and abdominal pain, and in severe cases, it can lead to kidney failure.
Q fever– A bacterial infection known as Q fever can be contracted by coming into contact with infected rodents or their excrement, urine, or saliva. Fever, headache, and muscle aches are some of the symptoms, and in severe cases, it can lead to pneumonia or hepatitis.
PROPER CLEANING OF RODENT DROPPINGS
Proper cleaning of rodent droppings is important to reduce the risk of exposure to diseases. To clean rodent droppings, it’s important to wear protective gear such as disposable gloves, a face mask, and goggles to avoid direct contact with the droppings and any airborne particles.
Wet down the area where the rodent droppings are located with a disinfectant spray or solution to reduce the risk of airborne particles. Use a paper towel or disposable cloth to pick up the droppings, being careful not to break them apart, and dispose of them and any cleaning materials in a sealed plastic bag.
After thoroughly cleaning the area with soap and hot water, use a disinfectant solution to rinse. Last but not least, thoroughly wash your hands in warm water and soap. It might be necessary to hire a professional to handle the cleanup if the droppings are in a confined area like an attic or crawl space.