What Happens After The Animals Are Gone?
So, all of the bats, raccoons, and squirrels have been removed from your house. What is the next step?
Next, it is time to restore your house and attic to the way it was before the animals moved in. Droppings must be removed, nesting material and food must be eliminated, decontamination processes must be performed including neutralization of parasites, mold and pathogens, mold needs to be taken care of, and eliminating any scents that might draw more animals back to your house.
Attic restoration can be an involved process with the use of hazardous chemicals and expertise is highly recommended. Luckily, the same professional that handled getting the bats out of the house can handle all of these processes as well.
Without the proper equipment, the removal of droppings from bats, raccoons, and squirrels can cause health issues for both you and your family. Rabies, lung infections, and bacterial infections like salmonella can be transmitted from the droppings, blood, and urine of bats, raccoons, and squirrels. Mold can accumulate and get into the walls then the air that you and your family are breathing. This can cause respiratory problems and serious illnesses.
In addition to the attic, any waste that has collected on the exterior of the house will need to be cleaned. Bats in particular leave behind their droppings as they enter and exit the house every morning and evening. Stains and discoloration can be an unpleasant reminder of the animals’ former presence until they are cleaned properly.
Structural damage also must be repaired after the animals have been removed. The interior of your walls may have been scratched, urine and droppings may have caused the wood of the attic to rot, and metal may have been corroded. Wiring may have been chewed through in the walls or attic causing the concern of a fire hazard.
Depending on how long the animals were in the house, the amount of droppings could be causing the ceilings below the attic to droop or sag, or in extreme cases, collapse. It is necessary to get rid of the droppings to begin the process of restoring your house.
If bats, raccoons, and squirrels have used the roof to get inside your attic or chimney, there is undoubtedly damage that will need to be repaired. Shingles, vent covers, gutters, and the edges of your roof may need to be fixed. Any other entry points on your house that raccoons or squirrels may have chewed or ripped open will be another part of the restoration process. To prevent the return of any more animals, all this damage must be repaired.
One of the most important things that needs to be done during attic restoration is the removal of all the damaged and destroyed insulation from the attic. The soiled, filthy insulation must be taken out of the house and disposed of to prevent the spread of odor and disease. Contact with the insulation, with live wiring, or the droppings and urine are all problems to be concerned about. Using a professional is the best way to safely do this.
I Need New Insulation!
Now that the old, dirty insulation has been dealt with, it’s time to find something new. There are many options these days, but the one with the most thermal, acoustical, and pest control benefits is TAP Pest Control Insulation.
TAP Pest Control Insulation in your attic acts like a coat, keeping heat inside and helping to lower your utility costs. It slows down the escape of heat from your attic and the flow of colder air from outside during the coldest months of the year.
TAP Pest Control Insulation also keeps sound from outside away from you and your family. When the insulation is used in the entirety of your attic, you will notice a marked difference in the peace and quiet you experience. The same technology that allows TAP insulation keeps you warm also keeps the noise out.
TAP Pest Control Insulation uses a common material that pest management professionals make use of to kill insects in various places around the home, both inside and out. When the insects try to burrow into the insulation, the material sticks to them and kills them when they “groom” themselves, keeping your home and attic insect free.
TAP Pest Control Insulation is the best all around choice for your home. It will retain the heat when it’s cold, lowering your utility bills, dampen the sound from outdoors and between floors, and keep insects out of your home with no toxic risk to you or your family.
TAP Pest Control Insulation serves as a blanket for your home when installed in the attic. The cellulose fibers interconnect to create a nearly perfect balance of the two qualities homeowners should look for in their insulation: dense enough to stop air flow while light enough to trap heat.
Heat flows much easier through hard materials than through air. The small paper fibers of TAP Pest Control Insulation interconnect to create small pockets of air which work to slow the overall flow of heat through the insulation. The thing that makes TAP Pest Control Insulation unique is the paper fibers are heavy enough to also slow the flow of air through the insulation.
The amount by which any insulation product slows the flow of heat is measured in Resistance-value or R-value. The greater the R-value, the better the general performance of the insulation. The R-value of the insulation in your home can be increased simply by adding more insulation. TAP Pest Control Insulation is a superior insulation product with a good R-value that prevents heat loss via conduction and convection and is densely packed preventing heat loss via air infiltration and radiation.
One very big difference between TAP Pest Control Insulation and other loose insulation is the ability to slow the flow of air as well as heat. Since TAP Pest Control Insulation is more dense, TAP Pest Control Insulation does a better job at slowing the flow of air. This is especially important during the coldest times of the year when the flow of air from your home is the strongest and when you also need your insulation to work the best.