Types of Insulation Damage Wildlife Causes
Wildlife harm insulation in two ways – depositing feces onto it or physically destroying it. Different types of animals can cause more damage than others, primarily based on their size and behavior. A longer lasting infestation typically results in more extensive damage as well. Of the animals that most often live in attics, the damage they cause to insulation includes:
- Birds and Bats – Droppings from birds and bats contain acid that eats away at insulation. Collections of droppings on insulation can also be a breeding ground for the fungus that causes Histoplasmosis.
- Rodents – Mice and rats will leave droppings on insulation, which can contain diseases, and they often tear off pieces of insulation to build their nests.
- Squirrels – To build their nests, squirrels will move huge areas of insulation, tearing it up from its original place and pushing it to other areas where it can cause ventilation problems.
- Raccoons – In addition to their droppings and damage, raccoons will lay on insulation, compressing it until it is no longer functional.
Destruction to insulation reduces its function. In order to keep your home warm or cool, you’ll spend additional money on heating and air conditioning. Contaminated insulation can also be a hotspot for bacteria and fungi and ventilation systems that pull from attics can expediently spread these pathogens throughout the home.
How We Restore Insulation
We adjust our insulation replacement process to the type of animal and type of damage present. If there are significant deposits of bat guano or other droppings, we collect the debris to avoid scattering it during replacement. We then remove the old insulation and sanitize the area to eliminate bacteria and odors.
For new installation, we can install fiberglass or cellulose rolled, batted, loose fill, and blown in insulation. The high quality, professional install means that the insulation will work as well or better that it did before wildlife invaded. Call NY and NJ Animal Control Trappers at 646-741-4333 to restore your attic after wildlife challenges.