Originally Posted by steveel
This is still quite rare, but infected mice or people have turned up in most states now..... hanta virus. Just something to think about, depending on where you live. Its the poop that's the culprit. Don't vaccum. Spray with bleach water or equivalent then gently sponge up after several minutes. Wear gloves.
Pellets isn't as big of an issue as urine soaked dust. You smell that distinct smell from inhaling the dust particles covered in rodent urine. If you wear a particle filter, you don't smell it at all, because the particles with dried urine attached to it can't get to you.
Vacuuming is fine if you can vent it outside, like using a long hose on a shop vac with the unit outside.
Wear respirator. It's transmitted via inhalation more so than contact.