How do I clean squirrel feces out of my attic?
If you have ever experienced an invasion of squirrels in your home
or on your property, you already know they can cause a great deal of
damage. Damages caused by any rodent can be extremely expensive to
fix because you not only have to deal with the wanton destruction
caused by chewing and digging, but you must also deal with all the
feces and debris left behind... Once you have managed to eradicate
all the squirrels from your home, you must be sure to seal all
openings to prevent re-entry. Now starts the clean-up operation. The
most important part of clean-up is to dress properly, use the right
equipment, clean thoroughly, and to disinfect the area.
You will notice the squirrels left large amounts of feces and urine
throughout their space. Squirrels urinate almost constantly as they
run around. They use their urine as a way to mark their territory to
identify it to other squirrels. You may even have to replace
insulation or carpeting to ensure you have disposed of all the waste
matter. Remember to always wear protective clothing, a mask, and
gloves to avoid contact with any waste matter. You should also
ensure that the area is well ventilated. You are going to want paper
towels or disposable rags, and bleach or an enzyme based
disinfectant / odor remover.
Clean up all the feces that you can by sweeping and picking it up.
Use your disinfectant/odor kill to soak the area for a few minutes
before wiping dry. You may have to repeat this procedure. Be sure to
pull out any soiled materials that cannot be scrubbed, like
insulation. You should place all droppings, debris, dirty paper
towels, gloves and mask in a plastic bag that can be sealed and
dispose of it in an outside container. Once you have cleared,
cleaned and disinfected the area, and disposed of the trash, launder
your clothes, and wash your hands, face, and any exposed skin with
plenty of soap and hot water. Cleaning the area thoroughly not only
rids the space of smell that are unpleasant and can actually attract
other creatures, but lowers your risk of any disease carried in the
squirrel waste matter.
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