Tag Archives: attic repair

Insulation

When animals break into your attic, they quickly come in contact with your insulation and if left up there for a while, they can really wreak havoc. That is where Illiana Wildlife Services comes in. Not only do we remove the animals, but we also repair the damage, including damage to your attic’s insulation.

We commonly see the most damage done to attics by raccoons.   When they walk over your insulation, they compress it, destroying its R value, resulting in decreased energy efficiency and higher utility bills.

Damaged insulation cleaned out before new blown in insulation in Crown Point IN
Damaged insulation cleaned out before new blown in insulation in Crown Point IN

Animals damages the attic

 

The other animals that commonly do damage to your attics’ insulation are bats. Not that they are heavy, but because bats are small it makes it easier for them to fit in small holes, and the accumulation of feces and urine leaves an odor. Getting rid of it means completely removing the existing insulation and then replacing it with a new one after spraying a deodorizer or disinfectant.

Raccoon feces in Crown Point IN
Raccoon feces in Crown Point IN
Bat guano in an attic in Merrillville IN
Bat guano in an attic in Merrillville IN
Raccoon feces in an attic in Merrillville IN
Raccoon feces in an attic in Merrillville IN

Sometimes, a complete removal/replacement is not necessary and all we need to do is add an insulation for minor damages. The homeowner may also be short on insulation, or may want to sell their home someday and want to avoid the stigma or questions when the home buyer’s inspector opens up the attic and sees feces.

Everyone’s situation is different. For some people, their homeowners insurance covers animal damages. However, other people pay out of their own pockets. We try to weigh all the factors and then advise clients on how we would react in their situation.

New blown in insulation in Valparaiso IN
New blown in insulation in Valparaiso IN

Insulation and the resulting lower utility bills it provide.

We do love insulation and the resulting lower utility bills it provide. Sometimes, there are Federal tax rebates for energy efficiency upgrades. If you have had animals in your attic in the past or currently have animals and need them removed, ask us about our services. We would love to help.

Raccoon Damage in Attic

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A raccoon entered the attic of this home through this wooden soffit which he chewed his way through

 

Illiana Raccoon removal
This is where a raccoon clawed its way through a shingle roof to gain entry to this attic

 

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raccoon feces in an attic

 

raccoon in the attics
raccoon feces in an attic. Notice the compressed insulation.

These are some more pictures I have taken of raccoon damage in an attic I have been in recently.  When raccoons cause damage they really cause damage! Not only are their feces dangerous, which carry the raccoon roundworm, but I believe the real damage lies in the money that is wasted on higher heating bills over the lifetime of the home if that attic is not restored.

You see, raccoons in their activities trample your insulation down until it is only working at a small percentage of what it was before they got in your attic.  Lower R value = Higher heating bills.

The good news is that homeowners insurance covers damage caused by raccoons. For the cost of your deductible you can get an attic that is fully restored and is more energy efficient than before the raccoons got in your attic, actually saving money in the long run. Your insurance doesn’t just repair attics but all of the damage caused by the raccoons; whether it is damage to your roof or soffit or fascia.

We do pest control, animal trapping and damage repair including repairs to your attic and replacing insulation. We are licensed, bonded, and insured. We work with insurance companies or homeowners who wish to pay out of pocket.

For more information on getting your animal damage to your home restored, give us a call!

Raccoon Damage in Attic
Illiana Wildlife Services – Indianapolis
(317) 203 – 6083

Raccoon and Squirrel Removal

We have been busy in the first two weeks of 2014. In the last week we have removed a raccoon from an attic in Chicago and from a restaurant in Harvey IL. We even caught a stray cat from the same restaurant which we brought to the South Suburban Humane Society.

When we are not busy performing raccoon trapping we have been catching squirrels in Tinley Park, Orland Hills, Palos Heights, Gary and Portage Indiana.

We even had a job in Tinley Park this week where a lender was requiring the raccoon feces from a previous infestation to be removed as a condition for closing. We were able to accommodate that day.

Raccoon Removal
Photo credit: OakleyOriginals / Foter / CC BY

We approach every job the same way. If an animal is getting into a home when we get onsite we find out where the animal is getting in by doing an inspection. Once we know where the animal is getting in we set traps, wait until animal or animals are caught and then we seal the entrance so that no more can get in.

A couple of weeks ago we helped a customer in just this way. We got three raccoons out of her attic and sealed up the hole in her roof so that no more could get in.  Now we are going to do a full attic restoration, including removing and replacing her insulation, disinfecting and a little bit of drywall repair and paint as well.

Get rid of raccoon and call us right away. We offer flat rates to our customers. Often times our customers will tell us that they got other quotes that include a per animal charge or don’t include the sealing of the hole, just the removal of the animals. I think that having an animal in your attic is stressful enough. I don’t think you should add to it by having open ended pricing or worrying about another animal can get in. We can be reached at 219-464-7966 in Indiana or 708-320-0004 in Illinois.

Raccoon and Squirrel Removal
Illiana Wildlife Services – Indianapolis
(317) 203 – 6083

 

Raccoons Causing Damage

This has been the busiest week in a long time for raccoon calls.

Raccoons are causing damage in an attic in Palos Hills IL where we found three of them. They had scratched a hole in the roof causing the roof to leak. They also trampled the insulation so that it doesn’t work as well anymore, not to mention the feces everywhere and the urine smell.

We are also removing raccoons from an apartment complex in Gary IN. They tore a piece of soffit down to gain entry into the attic. We are also trapping a raccoon that is living in a church in Hamlet IN.

Raccoons are damaging a home in Calumet City where they are entering the home through some storm damage. We also had a call for raccoons on the roof of an apartment building in Chicago IL. The neighbors also complained about raccoons in the garbage.

Raccoons Causing Damage
Photo credit: stevehdc / Foter / CC BY-SA

In all these cases once the trapping is over we are willing and able to do attic restoration.  We remove the damaged insulation and replace it with brand new. We also do exterior repairs. In most cases insurance companies pay for the damage caused by animals.  We work with insurance companies.

Get rid of raccoon today! We also accept other pest control and wildlife trapping services like squirrel calls. Everything from squirrels chewing on  siding on the exterior of a home in Beverly Shores IN to squirrels inside an attic in Calumet Park IL.

Raccoons Causing Damage
Illiana Wildlife Services – Indianapolis
(317) 203 – 6083