If you’re one of the millions of American homes that have been overtaken by mice, we want you to know that you are not alone! There are billions—perhaps trillions—of mice all over our country and sometimes, they end up getting into your home. This isn’t a sign that your home is dirty, crowded, or unkempt. Sometimes, it just happens!
However, once you’ve taken the steps to get your home mice-free and safe from the diseases that rodents often carry, you’ll probably wonder what you can keep and what you can get rid of. After all, some things can be cleaned and disinfected but others are just beyond repair once those pesky mice have made their home in yours.
If you’ve had an exterminator in Chicago come to clean up your home and get rid of the things that will still carry germs, you should hopefully be in the clear. However, if you or your family exhibit any signs of disease, call your healthcare provider right away and let them know that you had a previous infestation.
- Food – This one is no question. If mice have been in your pantry or cupboards and there’s even a chance that they’ve crawled across your food, throw it away. If you see little chew holes in cardboard or plastic boxes, that’s a sure sign that mice have been there and that you’ll want to throw out any food in that vicinity. If you have renter’s insurance, they can help you replace the groceries that you have to throw away.
- Insulation – Oftentimes, mice get into the walls of your home because that’s where it’s dark and cramped, and where they have plenty of access to soft materials for their nests. Insulation, however, can’t be cleaned. If mice urine and droppings are in the insulation, then those toxic chemicals are getting into your air every time you run your heater or air conditioner.
- Nesting materials – Getting rid of the mice themselves is probably your biggest concern. Make sure, though, to clear your home of any mice nests, too. These carry the same germs that the mice were carrying, so leaving them on the walls or floors could mean possible sickness.
- Anything you no longer need – Mice infestations often happen in dark, unused places such as basements or attics. If old boxes or bags show signs of mice and you don’t need them anymore, just throw them away to be safe.
- Gloves and rags – You won’t want to use the same gloves or rags that you used to clean your home again. Even if you’re using a disinfectant, these cleaning supplies could still carry the germs from the rodents and you don’t want to spread those again. Even better, get professionals to do the cleaning for you.
Call Mice Mob Exterminators for any further questions on keeping your home safe from rodents.