Rats urinate constantly to mark areas that are “safe” or as paths potentially leading to food. Rodent urine and fecal droppings contain nitrogen-rich urea that turns into ammonia as it dries and breaks down. When homeowners neglect to act as soon as they realize they have rats, getting rid of the unpleasant odors that rats create is an almost impossible task.
3 Ways to Remove Rat Infestation Odor
Neutralizing Rat Urine Smells
The only chemicals that can break down urine compounds causing the smell are cleaning solutions containing powerful enzymes. All surfaces exposed to rats must be sprayed liberally with an enzyme cleaner. You’ll have to let the solution sit for at least two to three hours before wiping it away. Be aware that spraying enzyme cleaner on rat urine that has soaked into furniture, fabrics, or other absorbent material may not completely remove the smell.
Extracting Odors from the Air
Molecules containing urine ammonia will continue spreading odors unless you pull them out of the air in your home. Start by opening all windows and placing bowls of odor-absorbing coffee grinds, baking soda, or charcoal briquets throughout the house. Replace materials in bowls every one to two days until the odor is gone.
Cleaning Contaminated Household Objects
Always wear rubber gloves when handling items rats may have urinated on. Wash contaminated clothes in hot water and dry on high heat. Carpets and rugs must be steam-cleaned thoroughly. Paper documents and books should be placed outside in bright sunshine for at least 24 to 48 hours. The sun’s ultraviolet light breaks up odor molecules and also kills disease-causing viruses possibly contained in rat urine.
Dangers of Removing RatsÂ
Never attempt to take care of a rat infestation by yourself. While a trap is useful for catching a rat that has strayed into your home, a full-blown rat infestation presents health risks to homeowners and their families. Rat bites, removing dead rat carcasses and exposure to rat feces can transmit serious infectious diseases such as hantavirus to humans.
Efficient Rat Removal
Don’t wait until rats have contaminated your residence. Call Critter ControlÂ® of Tampa today for safe and immediate assistance. Our expert technicians are committed to permanently eliminating rats and their mess from your property. To get a free estimate, or for more information regarding our services, please call us today.