Thanks Kirkadie. Until this article I had been under the impression that it was the city slicker rodents you worried about and NOT the rural rodents. Turns out to be the exact opposite. Shows how much I know... or didn't know. Not looking forward to this job at all. Thanks again.
Aloha, think of it like cleaning a great big cat litter box while wearing a paper suit (or just long sleeves and socks and gloves) and respirator... not a big deal if you suit up properly. Besides some safety gear, I just used a shop vac which I dumped out behind the garage in my leaf and grass clipping pile. I shot the floor with some clorox clean-up because I thought I might want to save the linoleum (I didn't). Once the worst of it was gone, as I tore the trailer down to replace the rotten wood, the errent few missed mouse droppings just went in the garbage with the tear out debris... I wore my usual painting respirator, which is a big box home improvement store $35 dual cartridge nose and mouth mask that you should have when you spray your shellac and outside paint if you go that far. Don't be worried, just properly equipped, which you'll want to be for any of the upcoming tasks. No different than wearing goggles when you're using the dremel tool to cut slots in all those rusty screws in the J rails. That said, my dear friend Scott Estes got the disease from mouse droppings in the insulation in his attic, suffered for many years, and finally succomed to it's after effects, so simple precautions are warranted.
Originally I was just going to don some work gloves and a bucket. Now I'll buy the surgical masks, rubber gloves and a big bottle of Clorox and a spray bottle. It'll all still go in the bucket. I, too, was going to dump the bleached nests/debris out in my woods. Now, probably into a compactor lined bucket to be sealed and taken to the dump. Better safe than sorry. And I'll be checking out a painting respirator this week.
Sorry to hear of your friend Scott. That's terribly sad.
I've done a fair amount of mold remediation work in homes and you don't want to use a "spray" anything in the normal manner. Don't spray any surface or pile of stuff directly. Spray above it and let the mist fall down on the affected area. If you aim the sprayer at it you will blow all the mold spores into the air along with the mouse poop dust and that's how both diseases become airborne.
God grant me the strength to restore the trailers I can, The courage to strip the parts off the ones I can't, And the wisdom to know the difference...
Okie dokie... Done. Well, done in the sense that I'll do as you recommend not as in completed task. That may or may not be this weekend after all. The high temp in the valley is expected to be 29*. Take 5* off for every 1000' in elevation and that makes....... about 19*. And then you have the high winds coming in with it. Hummmm...... maybe it'll be "done" this weekend. Thatnks for the advice.