How do I clean rat feces out of my attic?
We may sound a little dramatic when we say this, but rats are dangerous. No, we're not talking in the ‘they're
going to try and chew through your throat' kind-of way, but more in a disease-transmitting way. There are a number
of very dangerous diseases that are often passed on in both the urine and the feces that a rat will leave behind,
and it's just another factor behind wanting to get those rodents out of your property immediately.
You will want to go through your rat removal quest thoroughly and systematically. Here are the correct stages to cleaning
rat feces out of the attic.
Step One - House Sealing & Rat Removal
If you haven't sealed your home, and then caught every rat in the home with snap traps, there is no point in cleaning the rat feces
out of your attic, or anywhere else in your home. The rats will just keep coming, thick and fast, and that's because their urine
contains pheromones which communicate with each other. The urine attracts other rats, and if they can get in your home,
Step Two - Shopping
Only when you are sure that every rat has been removed, and every hole has been sealed, can you start the rat feces removal process,
and to start with, you'll need to go shopping. You will need quite the extensive list of items to ensure you are protecting yourself
and your family from the dangerous diseases that rats can both carry and transmit.
This is your shopping list:
• Thick, rubber gloves
• Antibacterial cleaner
• Disinfectant (and lots of it)
• Scrubbing materials - cloths, sponges, scours, etc.
• Bucket (brand new, and just for this job)
• Breathing mask
• Biohazard suit (we're really not joking!)
• Bags for disposal
• Paper towel
(For the record, we are not taking into account things such as replacing attic insulation, which is often necessary after a rat
This all seems very excessive, but if you start delving into the world of what diseases these rats can carry and transmit to both humans and other
pets, you can understand the need to protect yourself as much as possible. In severe cases, the diseases that rats can pass on can be fatal.
Step Three - The Big Cleanup
You will want to ensure that you have everything ready and to hand when you start this job. There's no time for running around trying to find
things when the rubber gloves are already on and you're elbow-deep in scrubbing bubbles.
Grab as much of the poop as you can. You'll need to clean this out the way nice and early, and we wouldn't recommend using a vacuum cleaner OR a
broom. Sweeping and fluffing around these poop, and the particles contained within it, can spread various airborne diseases.
Ideally, you will want to spray the entire area with a very strong disinfectant before you start moving anything, leaving it to ‘soak' for a minimum of
five to ten minutes. Paper towels can be used to help pick up those poop pellets.
Every single thing that the rat has come into contact with must be disinfected. You might want to give your entire home a good spring-clean while you're
there, making sure there are no other signs of rodent infestation, or holes for that matter. You should consider washing all bedding, and definitely
everything that has come into contact with the floor. Rats have a habit of running along the floor, close to the walls, so you should check all along
there for signs or urine, fur-patches, or rat feces.
For more rat information, visit our rat removal tips page, or for more specific how-to instructions, read the how to get rid of rats page with 6 step-by-step instructions.
If you have a problem with rats above your ceiling in your house, read my rats in the attic guide. The most important part of rat control is sealing shut entry holes into the building, but after
you've done that, you'll want to know how to kill rats humanely to complete the rat control job. If you need to hire professional help in your city, click on my directory of over
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