If you notice strange noises in your attic such as scratching, scuttling, digging, thumping, or perhaps even vocal squeaks, there is a high chance that your attic has been invaded by wildlife animals. Critters like rats, mice, squirrels, bats, and raccoons are often found nesting inside closets and drawers. These animals, although tiny, can cause severe damage when left alone. Raccoons are the most common animal that we usually encounter whenever we inspect our clients’ attics. They are also the ones causing the most significant amount of damage. Attic insulation that used to be perfectly clean will get damaged and soiled. Rodents like squirrels and mice are also known for their constant chewing habits. Exposed cable wires can become fire hazards.
Attic Insulation Damage
Animals that have taken up residence in your attic will urinate and defecate on your insulation, this will cause foul odor that will eventually spread all throughout the household. The smell isn’t the only problem; soiled insulation may also carry various diseases and parasites that are hazardous to humans.
On average, household heating and cooling machines consume the most amount of energy. This means that the less insulated your home is, the higher your electric bill becomes. Damaged or unkempt insulation becomes ineffective which results to higher energy usage.
Before we start cleaning your attic insulation, we will first perform all the necessary wildlife animal control and critter removal procedures to make sure that no other animals are left hiding inside the attic space. We will then start covering up all the possible entry holes to prevent future animal infestations. Please note that bat infestations need to be handled properly. Some bat species are protected by the law. We try to avoid excluding bats from attics during the month of July because female bats are usually nursing their young around this time. If the adult bat is excluded, the young pups will eventually die from starvation.
Once all the necessary methods have been performed, we will then start cleaning the mess left behind on the insulation. It is important that all the soiled material gets removed; otherwise, the smell would eventually attract other animals into your attic. We completely remove all of the insulation to prevent contamination. Our services include sanitization and deodorization of the entire attic area before properly installing the fresh insulation.
If you suspect animals are ruining your insulation, possibly resulting to an increase in your electricity bill, don’t hesitate to contact us. We are always willing to help.