Rodent mites are something one might expect to see in a horror movie. Found in homes where mice or rats have recently died, rodent mites will readily bite humans and feed off of their blood. Three common rodent mites that will attack humans include the house mouse mite, the spiny rat mite and the tropical rat mite. Because they are so small, it can be difficult to know if you have them in your home. If you have itchy rashes on your skin or experience painful lesions or blisters, it is possible your home is contaminated with rodent mites that require removal. There are a few steps you can take to remove the pests from your home.
Find the mice, rats and their nests and remove them from your home. Look for nests in basements, attics, ceilings and walls. Wearing gloves, spray the dead animal, its nest and the surrounding area with a disinfectant or mixture of bleach and water and let it soak, states Environment, Health and Safety Online. Place the animal and nest in a plastic bag, then seal the bag. Place that bag in a second bag and seal that as well. Discard the bags in a covered trash can or call your local health department for its recommendations.
Vacuum your entire home to remove the mites, states the University of Minnesota Extension Service. Use the hose extension to clean between your walls and floors or any other hard-to-reach cracks or spaces. If your vacuum contains a bag, freeze it to kill the mites and prevent them from crawling back out. If the vacuum has a canister, apply a bleach solution or disinfectant it to kill the mites inside, then wipe it out with a moist cloth.
Wipe potentially infested areas with a disinfectant or bleach solution and moist cloth. Provide a good amount of attention to warm areas, such as furnaces and pipes, as mites prefer to inhabit these places, states AllPestExpress.com. Wipe cracks and crevices around rat nests, as spiny rat mites hide in these areas during the day. Bleach the cloth to kill the mites that are left on.