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Why Do Rodents Love Our Attics?

Attic insulation Vacuum Vancouver WAWhy do rodents love our homes and, in particular, our attics?  The answers really aren’t all that different from the reasons why we love our homes, mainly safety and comfort.  Attics are warm.  They have plenty of space in which to roam around.  There is lots of material they can use to build nests and attics are rarely visited by humans or any other intruders.  Mice and rats in the Vancouver, Washington and Portland, Oregon area couldn’t find a much more comfortable place to settle in.

The blown-in insulation that is in most attics is the perfect nesting material for rodents. You may look in your attic and not even notice any activity but with blown-in insulation it is very hard to identify. Droppings will hide underneath the insulation and you will not see them until you begin to turn it up and check underneath. Once the insulation is contaminated with feces and urine it can be unhealthy to breathe.
Attic insulation removal can be a messy and time consuming job. However, homeowners are frequently faced with this challenge for any number of reasons. Rodent infestation or water damage often requires insulation to be removed so that damages can be contained and repaired. Wet insulation can breed mold, while rodents can spread disease and can cause structural problems. If mold or rodent problems have persisted for a while, precautions need to be taken so that the contaminants do not become airborne and spread throughout the house when the insulation is disturbed.

If you notice any signs of mold or rodent infestation, you should contact a professional.  By picking the right Pest Control Company, you will be able to have the attic insulation safely removed without exposing the rest of your home to contaminants. They will also thoroughly clean and disinfect the area before new insulation is installed.

Because it’s loose, blown-in insulation has the tendency to be messy and hard to contain. Small airborne particles from blown-in insulation can also lead to respiratory problems or cause contact dermatitis.

New Leaf Pest Control is now offering attic insulation removal in a safe environmentally friendly way.  We have all the necessary equipment that most companies do not have, including our new Turbo Vac 690 Insulation Vacuum.  Our equipment keeps your home clean by running a hose directly into your attic and then sucking up all the contaminated insulation and discharging it directly into one of our trucks outside.  The contaminated insulation never gets into your living space!

As the only Pest Control Company in Vancouver, Washington and Portland, Oregon that we know of to own this equipment, we hope that you will give us call to see how we can help you.

Attic insulation removal may seem simple enough at first. However, is not an easy job and can pose a number of problems for homeowners. Don’t be afraid to call New Leaf Pest control for help before you have a mess on your hands.


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