Hoarding, Squalor, Diseases: I have mentioned dust masks, masks with filters, eye protection and proper hygiene. The conditions of heat, humidity, cold and your physical effort demand a lot of your body. I cannot stress enough that the physical effort will over load ordinary precautions in short order. Your glasses/goggles will fog up. Your skin will itch or burn. You will touch your skin with gloves that can carry any number of bad ju ju’s and transfer what. Walking in a mildew-mold laden basement creates a dusty-particulate storm that you dust mask may not entirely block. Ventilate the area if possible. Even if you are outside in the rain, you are disturbing materials that are laden with animal feces, urine, dead animals and whatever else is generated in moisture, heat and decomposing matter.
Diseases lurk in these environs, especially when animals are present…….
“…a major case of animal hoarding discovered during the investigation of a teen boy’s death. Officials on Thursday were called to a home on the 2800 block of Lombard Avenue after a 14-year-old boy was reported to be unresponsive. The teen, Matthew Degner, later died at a hospital. A Friday autopsy pointed to bronchopneumonia … three other teens — between the ages of 12 and 17 — also lived in the home. All were suffering from flu-like symptoms.”