I saw a mouse ... eek!
OK, so today I was enjoying a nice afternoon just me and my scrapbooks, and then I saw something move out of the corner of my eye. I looked up--and it was a mouse! Eek! By the time I got to the spot where I'd seen it, it was gone. But I'm pretty sure it was brown with a white belly which means deer mouse. :(
So this evening I tore apart my boys' room and thought I might have seen one mouse dropping, though I couldn't tell for sure because my near vision is pretty crappy. Then I went into my girls' room ... mouse droppings all along the wall, beside my daughter's mattress (it's on the floor), behind the dresser ... ew! I know these were not there the last time I vacuumed in there about a week ago. I put on the heavy-duty mask I use when raking out my hay shed and then I sprayed down the droppings with a disinfectant and I scooped them out. Tomorrow I'm washing all bedding etc. in hot water/hot dryer.
So here's my question: I didn't let any of my kids sleep in their rooms tonight. I got worried because I actually vacuumed my boys' room and am scared I might have kicked up some hantavirus when I did it. I didn't vacuum my girls' room but what if I stirred up something when I moved my daughter's mattress?
When is it safe to let them back in their rooms?
I'm going to shampoo carpets and wash everything tomorrow, and might let the kids share the top bunks until the mice have been apprehended.
I haven't even begun to do the rest of the house--it took me a whole evening to do the kids' bedrooms. I put out traps and I'm reasonably sure the mice haven't been in my bedroom, where all six of us are sleeping tonight. Haven't seen any droppings in the kitchen, which seems odd, nor have I found any nests. I'm just a bit concerned I may not have done a good enough job and that disease is now all over my house ...
Any advice or words of comfort would be appreciated!