How to Clean Up Mouse Droppings & Nests

Amanda Flanigan

Carried by rodents, the Hantavirus is a dangerous illness that can prove fatal. According to the Washington State Department of Health, 1 out of every 3 people diagnosed with the Hantavirus have died. Hantavirus exposure can occur through infected rodents urine, droppings, saliva, and breathing in containment dust.

Keep rodents such as mice out of your home with regular cleaning.

By cleaning up mouse droppings and nests properly, you can prevent possible contamination. Once the home is clean, take the necessary precautions to prevent future rodent infestation.

  1. Wear a pair of rubber gloves. Fill a 5-gallon plastic bucket with 1 gallon of cool water. Add 1 1/2 cup of chlorine bleach and mix with a spoon.

  2. Fill a spray bottle with the mixture. Soak mouse droppings and nests with the bleach mixture and let sit for 10 minutes.

  3. Remove the bleach-soaked nests with your gloved hands and place inside a garbage bag. Wipe the droppings off the surface with a rag and place the soiled rag in the garbage bag. Secure the bag closed and place in an outside garbage can.

  4. Mix 1 gallon of cool water with 1 1/2 cup of chlorine bleach. Saturate a sponge or mop in the mixture and wash the area where the mouse droppings and nest where present. Let the mixture sit on the surface for 10 minutes before rinsing clean.

  5. Wash your gloved hands with disinfecting soap before taking them off. Remove the rubber gloves and thoroughly wash your hands with disinfecting soap. Rinse with cool water and wipe dry with a towel.