Hantavirus Guide: Clean-Up Procedures

The best solution for problems with house mice is exclusion. A mouse can fit through any hole the size of your finger or a pencil. Seal entry holes with ¼ inch hardware cloth, sheet metal or metal wool. Pay particular attention to any hole approximately the diameter of a pencil. In some situations, perimeter trapping may prevent a population from becoming established indoors. In addition, avoid storing pet foods and other food products in accessible areas such as garages and eliminate any water sources that may also prove attractive.

If you encounter evidence of a rodent infestation such as mice droppings, urine, saliva, nests or burrows, it is important to take proper precautions while doing a clean-up. You should keep a rodent “clean-up kit” in your home in case you find yourself with an infestation. If heavy infestations (piles of droppings or several dead animals) are encountered, contact Poulin’s Professional Pest Control immediately for help.

We have made a simple list of products to have in your rodent “clean-up kit”.


The following are the basic contents of a standard clean-up kit:

  • Disposable coveralls
  • Gloves
  • Goggles
  • Spray bottle
  • 4” funnel – for pouring bleach into spray bottle
  • Germicidal detergent/dry bleach – 1 pkg/disinfectant
  • Garbage bags (2)
  • Paper toweling
  • Hand wipes
  • Disposable respirator
  • HEPA filter vacuum cleaner (Note – a regular vacuum may disperse the dust increasing risk of infection.)

Poulin’s Pest Control carries a complete line of do-it-yourself rodenticides, respirators and disinfectants at all of our retail stores. We can also provide mouse proofing and prevention services as well as a safe effective Hantavirus clean-up in your home, cottage or place of business.

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