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
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
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