Exterminating companies are excellent for catching and getting rid of rats and mice. They can use a variety of methods, such as traps, poisons, sealing entries and egresses, etc. However, pest control companies generally don’t clean up the remaining hazards, including the feces and urine. Biohazard remediation companies specialize in eliminating biohazard threats, especially when performing rat and mouse feces cleanup. Here are some tips to keep in mind when finding qualified biohazard remediation companies.
Rodent droppings can be pathogenic and need to be handled with proper care. If you hire a company, that company should be properly trained in advanced biohazard remediation and environmental disinfection. Setting up containment around the affected area should be completed prior to the start of work. An air scrubber should be set up to filter air inside the affected area through HEPA filters before venting the air outside to a safe area from rat and mouse feces cleanup.
A biohazard remediation technician should be wear a full-faced respirator with a minimum of P-99 cartridges, but only after completing a medical evaluation and having a proper fit test. The biohazard remediation technician should wear a biohazard suit, two sets of disposable gloves, disposable booties over the outside of the suit, and generally steel toed boots, depending on the areas to be decontaminated. The contaminated contents should be HEPA vacuumed using a HEPA vacuum system (not only HEPA filter). A deep cleaning should be performed after the vacuuming. ATP meters should be used at several high-touch areas to ensure effective cleaning occurred. Testing should generally continue until the results are under 30. After proper testing, an EPA-registered disinfectant should be applied to all affected surfaces in the contaminated area, observing the proper dwell time for the disinfectant. Some companies will use the ATP meters to test after the disinfectant is applied and dried. The contaminated contents and contents of the vacuum cleaner should be removed from the property and properly disposed of.
For information from the CDC on health related issued due to rodents, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/rodents.html. For more information on locating biohazard remediation companies properly trained in rat and mouse feces cleanup, visit ABRA at https://www.americanbiorecovery.org/. For additional information on rat and mouse feces cleanup in South Carolina, visit https://www.palmettocommercialservices.com. Palmetto Commercial Services has 19 IICRC certifications, including all 3 Master Certifications and American Bio Recovery Association Certification.