How to clean a house with roundworms

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How to clean a house with roundworms
Roundworms live in the intestines of hosts such as pets and humans. (Duncan Smith/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Roundworms are intestinal parasites that affect both you and your pets. These parasites lay eggs in the intestines and defecation passes the eggs. Exposure or ingestion of these eggs can lead to visceral larval migrans, which is rare, but dangerous, especially to children. Prevent this disease by disinfecting your home properly.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Chlorine bleach
  • Cleaning rags
  • N95-rated dust mask
  • Disposable gloves
  • Rubber boots
  • Disposable full-body overalls
  • Washing powder
  • Spray bottle
  • Large pot
  • Scissors
  • Heavy-duty garbage bag
  • Steam cleaner
  • Salt
  • Vacuum cleaner

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  1. 1

    Put on a N95-rated dust mask when cleaning up faeces infected with roundworms, such as that of a raccoon or rodent. Protect your skin and clothing with disposable gloves, rubber boots and disposable full-body overalls.

  2. 2

    Remove cat faeces from the litter box daily to keep your pet's litter box sanitised and prevent further infection. Clean litter pans regularly with a solution of chlorine bleach diluted in water to disinfect the area. If your dog defecates inside your home, remove the faeces immediately.

  3. 3

    Lightly spray any dried faeces with water to avoid dust inhalation of roundworm eggs. This will also keep the faeces and eggs from breaking apart.

  4. 4

    Cut away contaminated insulation if a raccoon or rodent has defecated in an attic or area with exposed insulation. Misting the area first will prevent dust inhalation. Scoop the insulation in a heavy-duty garbage bag and dispose of the faeces.

  5. 5

    Boil any instruments used to remove faeces, such as a scraper or shovel. Boiling water is one of the most effective ways to decontaminate equipment and kill roundworm eggs.

  6. 6

    Pour boiling water on floors and decks to kill any existing roundworm eggs. Use caution when cleaning with very hot water.

  7. 7

    Steam clean your carpets to remove roundworm eggs. Once dry, quarantine your pets to another room and sprinkle salt on the dry carpet. Allow it to sit for a few days and vacuum. Throw away the waste from steam cleaning or vacuuming immediately after pickup.

Tips and warnings

  • Spray the dried carpet with isopropyl alcohol instead of salt after cleaning to kill remaining roundworm eggs. Let the alcohol dry.

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