HEALTH CANADA: Are you struggling with a problem of rats or mice?

Do you hear scampering and scratching sounds in the walls of your home at night? Have you found signs of gnawing or chewing?

 If that is the case, it could mean you have an infestation of rats or mice.

Mice and rats are carriers of disease, and can damage property. The deer mouse is the most common carrier of the deadly hantavirus.

Use caution when near urine and droppings, or bodies of dead rats and mice :

  • Wear rubber gloves and a dust mask during cleanup.
  • Dampen droppings and debris with a solution of bleach and water before wiping up.
  • Wear gloves to dispose of dead rats and mice.
  • Double bag the bodies of dead rats and mice in plastic bags and put in a garbage bin with a secure lid.
  • Wash hands and exposed clothing thoroughly after clean-up, and separate from other laundry.
  • Never sweep or vacuum dry droppings. The dust that is raised can cause illness.

To know how to get rid of rats and mice, click here.


If you use a pesticide to control your pest problem :

  • Read the label to make sure you are choosing the right product for the right pest
  • Follow all label directions and warnings carefully
  • Always look for a Pest Control Products (PCP) number on the label so you know the product has been approved by Health Canada.

Read Use pesticides safely for more information on using pesticides safely.