Rats are smelly creatures that will leave a mess of feces, urine, and debris behind them wherever they go. Even after extermination is complete, it’s important that you clean up after them to get rid of their smell. The smell could come from walls if rats built a nest inside your walls and if you are suspecting rats in the walls it is advisable to call rat exterminators again, they can use thermal cameras to investigate your walls. The mess they leave behind is also likely filled with harmful pathogens that you could make you sick. If you’re still currently dealing with an infestation, or if you need help cleaning up, reach out to a rat exterminator Toronto.
To get rid of the smell that rats have left behind, you should first clean up all the droppings and traces of urine you find. Put on a pair of disposable vinyl, rubber, or latex gloves, then spray every affected area with a household disinfectant. For a more natural approach, you can use your own solution of one part vinegar and one part hot water. One part bleach and ten parts of water is another alternative. Let the disinfectant sit for about ten minutes, then pick up droppings with a paper towel and throw them out. Wipe every surface clean and mop the floors with the disinfectant of your choice. Cleaning and disinfecting each surface will help neutralize the smell.
If there are fabrics in the room, disinfect them as well and wash them at the highest allowable heat setting. If there continues to be a lingering smell, try putting a generous amount of baking soda all over the surfaces of the room. Powder each crack and crevice and let it sit for at least a day. Then, vacuum the powder up and dispose of the vacuum’s contents. Be sure to never vacuum before vigorous disinfecting – vacuuming could make harmful germs airborne, which you could then inhale. If you find any dead animals or nests in the process, spray those with disinfectant as well, bag and seal them up, then throw them out immediately. Rats carry dangerous pathogens – you should never come into contact with them directly. When you’re done cleaning, throw out your gloves and take out the garbage immediately.
While it may seem obvious, the smell of urine will continue to be a problem as long as there are rats on your property. If you think there may still be rats in your home, consider hiring a professional pest removal technician to eliminate the rats for you. He or she will have the skills and experience necessary to get to the root of the problem and get rid of the rats entirely. Professionals have access to the best traps, baits, and rodenticides out there. They can also pest-proof your home to make sure that the animals never find their way back in.
Whether the rats are still around or not, the odour they leave behind is awful. Cleaning up after them is not only good for the smell of the home but for your own health. If you need help removing rats from your property or cleaning up, call The Exterminators today. We offer quality rat removal and pest-proofing as well as cleaning and disinfecting services. Feel free to give The Exterminators – Pest Control Toronto a call now for a free quote: 647-496-2211.