While we often think of them as one of the dirtiest wildlife creatures since we can encounter them in the sewers and other dirty places, you will be shocked to know that rats are actually serious in keeping themselves tidy. Nonetheless, the waste that they can produce such as their excrement and urine can easily accumulate. If they have been living in your attic for months without being noticed, expect that you have to deal with a significant mess.
The Health Risk of Rat Urine
The urine of the rat is comprised of different compounds. The core elements found here would be water and urea. The irritating odor of the chemical that emanates from their urine is due to the ammonia that is caused by the breakdown of urea. The ammonia will lead to the irritation of our respiratory tract. Aside from that, it can also be corrosive to the skin. You may want to wear mask to avoid inhaling the fumes of their urine that can aggravate your respiratory condition. Their urine may also contain a decent amount of calcium. This may not necessarily be harmful but it will leave a chalky deposit that will be challenging to remove.
How to Clean the Rat Urine
Cleanup and decontamination is an essential part of the rat exclusion process. As we mentioned above, being exposed to the urine of the rat will lead to different diseases. Furthermore, the urine of the rat can affect the condition of woods and various construction materials and will promote the growth of the mold. It can also attract the attention of other wild animals that can worsen your situation.
Start by vacuuming the nesting materials and the droppings of the rats. Make sure that you are properly covered when doing this. Otherwise, you may accidentally inhale the fungal spores that are being released on the air. After clearing the feces and debris, it is now time to deal with the contaminated materials. Dispose the insulation and fabrics with urine marks. Place them inside the trash bag and seal it. Do not release the trap air since the bacteria will also be released by doing this.
You can use a commercially available cleaning solution that can disintegrate organic matters. However, in case you do not have an access to those types of items, you can use the products that are readily available such as Lysol. You can also add bleach and detergent on the water and use this to clean the urine marks. You will need to put some muscles when scrubbing the urine marks. In case this still doesn’t work, baking soda can be used to neutralize the urine of the rat.
In the event that you did everything that you can but getting rid of the urine marks is still a challenge, then it is probably time for you to have some renovation. Covering the urine marks with new paints will seal the deal. However, you need to make sure that the root cause of the infestation has been dealt with to guarantee that you won’t have to experience the same problem in the future.
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