We cleaned up the food buckets and barrels, plus moved the buckets to the top of the barrels. I filled one large tote up with some food packages that could have become mouse food. We found a cracked 5 gallon water container that got trashed. Mom and I knocked down some cobwebs, so I sprayed the areas that were cleaned for bugs using a bug barrier insecticide. This job will take several days to accomplish because of out physical limitations as well as working in a limited space in my basement. We are trying to clean, inventory and create new storage solutions all at the same time.
The large 5 gallon shop vac has worked out great for cleaning up the mouse poo but having a crevice tool and small brush tool is a great addition as most of the shop vac tools I have focus on water pickup. The shop vac is so strong is the tool sucks up tight to the cement floor and does not pick up stuff like poo with the basic attachments. I have a new brush attachment I will try out and give you a report on how it works for cleanup!
Ironically/annoyingly our clean up in the basement seems to be driving the mice and bugs up into the main house. The worst areas seem to be my laundry area and kitchen. I got out my little shop vac and put the dryer on a small furniture cart so I could clean under the dryer. I’m ashamed to say under the dryer and washer was very nasty. I cleaned the area using the small shop vac and a couple of Clorox products I wanted to try out. I cleaned the floor and I added a lot of sticky traps.
I wish I had a quick fix to give you that worked for me but so far it’s all about going back and correcting my “laziness” on getting my preps stored correctly and making new shelves that are easy to clean and any infestation are dealt with quickly. I’m getting a big reminder that preps are not a build and forget system!
We have a new critter here at Casa de Chaos and he is a young not neutered( not neutered by us, because we still hope an owner might show up) terrier. Well at least 2 of the dogs are in a “pissing” contest and some of my furniture seems to be the arena for the doggie dominance contest. Needless to say the odors have got a bit overpowering. The dogs can go outside to do their thing so the next step was to eliminate the odor and move stuff around so marking territory in the house became irrelevant to the dogs.
So far I am trying a Clorox cleaner for cleaning urine smells on both hard and soft (fabric) surfaces. I won’t say it is perfect dealing with a large odor problem but I give them props as they don’t try to mask the problem via pleasant aromas. Cleaning the carpet because dogs don’t just pee on furniture they pee on rugs. Before you tell me to rub a dog’s nose in the poo. Dogs know what poo smells like and is not the best educational deterrent for the dog. My dogs a pretty smart! They know I don’t want to see them peeing on the furniture. The dogs are missing that I never want them peeing on the furniture at anytime.
Last but not least, smoker candles are the best for eliminated unpleasant odors. Most aroma stuff tends to be some one “pissed a pine tree or farted a cinnamon roll” sort of solution. Masking the smell is not a good solution. Eliminating the the odor is the solution I am working on now.