Is the stuff from the attic going to make me sick?
December 19, 2010 8:20 PM Subscribe
I opened the attic in the house I'm renting and some dust containing who-knows-what fell down on me. I didn't have a mask or safety glasses on. Are there any health risks?
posted by chris p to Health & Fitness (14 answers total)
I'm renting a house that was built in 1948. The attic access is just a rectangular hole with a thin board over it. I was going to put a piece of foam insulation over the board. When I opened moved the board, some debris fell down on me.
I noticed there was something hanging that looked like strung-together dust. There were little grey balls, which I assume are egg sacs of some type. There were what looked like dead ants in the hanging dust.
There were also what looked to be dead ants and mouse droppings on the board.
My camera is broken, so these pictures are bad, but they give the general idea.
I washed my hands right away and splashed water into my face and eyes. I also ran to the store and got some saline solution and rinsed my eyes out with that.
When I put the attic panel back up, I used safety glasses, a mask, and plastic gloves.
I'm about to take a shower.
I know that animal droppings carry viruses and disease. Are there any health risks? Is there anything else I should do to prevent catching something?