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How to clean up your attic after an infestation of Raccoons

Updated on February 27, 2016

Raccoons naturally are animals that like to create an habitat for themselves within man-made structures. The warmth and shelter provided by the attic in the home makes it very suitable for raccoons. This is why they are most often found in the attic. There is no doubt that the mess and damage caused by raccoons are always unsightly. Usually, the amount of damage caused depends on the number of raccoons that infested your attic and the length of time they stayed unchallenged. The longer their stay, the more the damage they will cause. After you eliminate them, the remaining task before you is to clean up your home. This article will discuss the steps to be taken in cleaning the home following an infestation of raccoons.

STEP 1:Put on disposable gloves:

Always put on disposable gloves when cleaning your home after raccoon infestation. This is to ensure that raccoon droppings don't stick to your hand as they can be highly infectious if they come in contact with human food. Raccoon droppings can contain raccoon roundworm which can infest the human digestive tract if swallowed with food.

STEP 2: Spray the attic with water:

It is essential that you spray the attic with water before you start sweeping or undertake any cleaning activity. This is important because raccoon droppings are very light and can become airborne. Raccoon droppings are hazardous because they can cause diseases in humans if breathed through the nose.Sprinkling the entire attic with water would eliminate the possibility of raccoon droppings becoming airborne.

STEP 3: Use Shovel or Scoop to carefully collect wastes:

When collecting wastes in the attic, use a Shovel or a Scoop. Do not collect wastes randomly or carelessly. Carefully clear one area before moving to another area in order to avoid scattering wastes.

STEP 4: Collect wastes into sealed garbage bags:

Ensure that all wastes are collected into sealed garbage bags This is to ensure that the wastes do not spread to other areas of the house.

STEP 5: Decontaminate the attic with chemicals:

After you might have removed raccoon wastes from your attic, it is most usually advisable to decontaminate the area with chemicals. Enzyme cleaners like "Bioshield" will effectively kill mold and other micro-organisms like bacteria.

STEP 6: Wash and dry clothes and tools:

The final step is to wash your clothes and tools with strong anti-bacterial disinfectants. After washing them, ensure your dry them properly before storage.

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