Hantavirus Guide: 10 Steps to Safely Clean-Up After Rodents

  1. Put on disposable clothing and gloves.
  2. Put on goggles and disposable respirator mask and test the mask for proper fit (ensure goggles effectively protect eyes and do not interfere with the seal of the respirator).
  3. Mix disinfectant solution in spray bottle.
  4. Gently spray droppings/rodent nesting materials with the bleach, ensuring they are completely soaked – AVOID CREATING DUST.
  5. Allow sprayed material to sit for 15 minutes. If circuits or cabinets cannot be sprayed, dampen some toweling and leave on affected area for 15 minutes before removing.
  6. Remove the soaked materials carefully, using gloved hands.
  7. Disinfected materials should be swept up or vacuumed with a HEPA filter vacuum cleaner.
  8. Place the disinfected materials into Bag #1 and tie shut. Place Bag #1 into Bag #2. While continuing to wear gloves, remove goggles, disposable respirator mask and disposable clothing and place them in Bag #2. Remove gloves carefully and place them in Bag #2. Seal Bag #2 and place it in the garbage for disposal.
  9. Clean hands with hand cleaner. Be sure to wash hands and face with soap prior to eating or smoking.
  10. To prevent re-infestation, seal any openings used by the rodents to gain entry to the facility and replace any damaged parts.
  11. Notify the supervisor or manager of the infestation.

Remember that the chances of getting Hantavirus disease are very low, but the consequences of getting it are very serious.

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