Hedgehogs are usually solitary creatures, but if you leave out food, several will likely come. So to stop the spread of any potential infections, you must keep your Hibernation House & Feeding Stations clean.
As well as being messy eaters hedgehogs poop everywhere. So you will need to change the newspaper in your hedgehog house every morning.
You should also remove the food and water dishes, discard any leftovers and give the dishes a good wash in hot water. Don’t wash them at the same time as you do your human washing up!
Every few weeks it’s a good idea to give the whole station a good wash down with boiling water.
1. Animal Safe Disinfectant
We recommend using some of our animal safe cleaning products. Or watered down soapy hot water is sometimes just as good.
2. A Good Spray & Clean
First remove any loose bits and bobs, then with the spray or soapy water wipe away dirt, poo and wee marks.
3. Look for signs of mould
The inside of the house can get warm and damp perfect for mould so look for signs of mould build up in and outside the house. If you see any just clean these off just like the other marks.
4. Time to Dry Out
With the roof off, air out the house or leave out in the sun light to dry. You can do this too after a wet period too. (as long as they're are no visitors)
5. Close Back Up
After the house is dry, put the roof back on, either put some bedding and or food inside or make sure their is bedding near by to be used.
6. Location, Location, Location
It may be time to relocate your house, maybe it's not getting any guests or its a particularly damp spot in your garden and would benefit by being placed some where dryer.