Do rats destroy insulation in an attic?

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In short, yes, rats do destroy insulation in an attic. Even when you have those spaces of attic insulation that havenít been touched by the rat or rats you have inhabiting the place you rarely investigate, you will still more than likely find that you need to replace the entire lot. There are a lot of diseases spread through rats, and many of them can still be passed to humans and other animals long after the rat itself has gone, left in biological matter.



Feces and urine are the worst culprits when it comes to the spread of disease. Leptospirosis and salmonella are just two conditions that are present in the waste matter of these rodents, and if you don't remove everything these animals came into contact with, and cleaned the areas that you can't remove, that threat of disease is still very much present. This means that not only are you going to do a serious amount of scrubbing once you have sealed up all entry points and remove (trapped) all of the rats, but you may need to replace entire sections of your attic insulation, and in severe cases, perhaps even all of it. As you can imagine, this can be rather expensive, and that's before you even begin to think about the insulation in your walls, and the wall cavities in which the rats could have inhabited without your knowledge.

Rats will use insulation for a number of different things. They will pee and poop as they run, causing a mess, an odor, and also a disease threat that you will need to then clean up. They will also tear and chew the insulation to use later on whilst building their nests and bedding areas. All this moving around of the material - it reduces how insulated your home is, and this means that your energy bills are likely to go up.

In short, rats destroy insulation and a whole manner of things inside your home, cause a number of disease threats, cause damage that could run into he thousands of dollars to repair, and cause your heating bills to go up. You should really give us a call today to get rid of those rats the right way!

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