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Contaminated Insulation Replacement in Macon, Columbus, and South Georgia

Cleaning up the mess the critters left behind

The nozzle of an insulation installation machine blowing replacement insulation into the attic of a house.

Animals like rats, squirrels, bats, raccoons, and mice can be pretty rude. Not only do they move in to our attics and live rent-free, but they don't even have the courtesy to keep the place tidy.

When animals get into your attic, they often make a particularly bad mess of the insulation. Their urine and droppings cause odors and germs that can circulate through the home (especially if you have HVAC equipment in the attic), and the compacting, tearing, and clawing they do to the insulation can reduce its thermal efficiency, leading to higher heating and cooling costs.

Because there's no way to clean up contaminated insulation or to restore damaged insulation's efficiency, Rid-A-Critter recommends the replacement of attic insulation any time its been damaged by animals of contaminated by their wastes. This service is available as part of any attic animal control job we do or as an independent service.

Insulation and Health

Because of its structure, insulation makes a good breeding medium for pathogens. When it becomes contaminated with animal urine or droppings, the insulation can become a medium for the development of bacterial and fungal pathogens. These germs can get into your home and make you sick, especially if you have heating or cooling equipment in the attic.

In addition, dried animal droppings can form a dust that can contain fungal spores, which can become airborne (for example, when the animals run around) and then settle into the insulation. Obviously, there's no way to clean the insulation, so the only way to get rid of the dried droppings and the spores is to remove the insulation.

In addition to the disease risk, insulation can hold animal odors from urine, droppings, and bodily secretions, and slowly release it back into the air, causing a persistent odor problem. Again, because there's no way to wash the insulation, it has to be removed, discarded, and replaced by new insulation.

Energy Considerations

Animals reduce the thermal efficiency of insulation in two ways. The first way is by physically damaging it, which many animals do. Sometimes they tear it up to use it as nesting material, other times they damage the insulation or its vapor barrier with their claws by running on it, and sometimes they just pull it down for no apparent reason. Maybe they're bored.

The second way that animals damage insulation is by compacting it. This happens when animals "flatten" the insulation by running back and forth on it. Insulation that's been compacted loses most of its insulating efficiency. Compacted insulation is also a sign that the animals have been there for quite a while.

Replacement of Contaminated Insulation

Everyone has things that they're especially proud of, and for Rid-A-Critter, replacing dirty, damaged insulation is one of those things. First of all, we're very good at it because we've been doing it a long time and we take pride in our work. But even more so than the rest of the work that we do, there's a kind of immediate satisfaction from replacing insulation because it's the kind of job where you can immediately see -- and smell -- the difference.

Some of the insulation we see in attics that have had animal problems looks and smells really gross, especially on warm, humid days. When we remove that insulation (and sanitize the substrate, if needed), the place immediately starts smelling fresher and cleaner.

The other things our customers like about our attic insulation replacement (so much so that some of our insulation customers have never even had an animal problem) is that we do the whole job, start-to-finish, including hauling the old stuff away. We also use nothing but the finest insulating products available and install it with meticulous attention to detail. For older homes, where the existing insulation probably wasn't as efficient as the more modern products, the energy savings can be dramatic.

If you've had animals in your attic, then in all likelihood you have contaminated or damaged insulation that needs to be replaced. We'd be happy to provide a professional inspection and treatment estimate.

Insulation Replacement Gallery

Here are pictures of some of the insulation replacement jobs we've done in and around Macon and Columbus and throughout South Georgia.

Man wearing a respirator looking at the camera while performing an Americus Georgia attic insulation replacement job.
Insulation-replacement in an attic in Americus
The nozzle of a four inch diameter hose blowing replacement insulation into the attic of a house in Perry Georgia.
Attic insulation replacement in Perry
The attic insulation in a house in Macon Georgia is flattened out and torn from the wall and is also contaminated with animal droppings and urine.
Animal-damaged insulation in an attic in Macon
The attic insulation in a house in Valdosta Georgia has been flattened out by animals living in the attic and needs to be replaced.
Attic insulation in Valdosta needs to be replaced
Fresh new insulation installed in the attic of a house in Warner Robins Georgia to replace insulation that had been contaminated and damaged by raccoons.
New insulation installed in a Warner Robins attic
Fresh new blown in insulation installed to replace animal contaminated insulation in the unfinished attic of a house in Americus Georgia.
Attic insulation replacement in Americus
Bare joists and rafters after the insulation was removed from the unfinished attic of a house in Columbus Georgia due to animal contamination.
Animal-contaminated insulation removal in Columbus
Insulation between the joists in the attic of an Albany Georgia home is filthy because of animal contamination and needs to be replaced.
Animal-contaminated attic insulation in Albany
Clean installation installed in the attic of a house in Kathleen Georgia to replace insulation contaminated with animal droppings.
New insulation installed in an attic in Kathleen
Fresh clean insulation installed between the joists in the unfinished attic of a house in Columbus Georgia.
Attic insulation replacement in Columbus
The nozzle of an insulation installation machine blowing replacement insulation into the unfinished attic of a house in Columbus Georgia.
Attic insulation being replaced in Columbus
Fresh clean blown in insulation installed in the attic of a house in Columbus Georgia to replace the old animal contaminated insulation.
Attic insulation replacement job in Columbus
Fresh clean blown in insulation installed in the attic of a house in Albany Georgia to replace the animal contaminated old insulation.
Attic insulation replacement in Albany
Big pile of new blown in insulation installed in the unfinished attic of a Valdosta Georgia home to replace insulation contaminated by animal wastes.
Fresh insulation installed in an attic in Valdosta
Man wearing a protective mask standing in front of a trailer full of bales of insulation to be installed in the attic of a Columbus Georgia home.
Jason at an insulation replacement job in Columbus
Freshly installed blown in insulation in the unfinished attic of a house in Jackson Georgia with rulers showing the depth of the insulation.
Attic insulation replacement in Jackson
Fresh blown in insulation installed in the unfinished attic of a house in Valdosta Georgia.
New insulation installed in an attic in Valdosta
Fresh blown in insulation installed in the attic of a house in Columbus Georgia to replace insulation that had been contaminated with animal filth.
Attic insulation replacement in Albany
Clean blown in insulation installed over the joists with a ruler standing in the insulation showing the proper depth in the unfinished attic of a house in Macon Georgia.
New insulation installed in an attic in Macon
Fiber glass insulation lying on the floor of the crawl space under a house in Macon Georgia because animals pulled it down from between the joists over the crawl space
Animal damaged to insulation in Macon
Animal droppings and urine in the attic insulation of a house in Macon Georgia
Insulation needs replacement in Macon
Insulation in the attic of a house in Albany Georgia is dirty and flattened out due to animal activity
Flattened-out insulation in Albany
Flattened out insulation with animal droppings in the attic of a house in Albany Georgia needs replacement
Attic insulation needs replacement in Albany
Animal poop and pee in the attic insulation in a house in Sylvester Georgia
Animal-contaminated insulation in Sylvester
Animal droppings in the insulation between the joists in the attic of a house in Albany Georgia
Contaminated attic insulation in Albany
Dirty attic insulation is pulled down from the walls and contaminated with animal filth in the attic of a house in Valdosta Georgia
Attic insulation needs replacement in Valdosta
A square foot of Fiberglas insulation with animal droppings on it in the attic of a house in Americus Georgia
Insulation needs replacement in Americus
Small section of badly contaminated insulation in the attic of a house in Albany Georgia
Contaminated insulation in Albany
Flattened out and dirty insulation between the floor joists of the entire attic of a house in Sylvester Georgia
This insulation in Sylvester needs replacement
Men wearing protective clothing and respirators removing animal contaminated insulation from the attic of a house in Valdosta Georgia
Contaminated insulation removal in Valdosta

Please call us today for more information about insulation replacement or to schedule an inspection.

 

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In Oglethorpe, Montezuma, Vienna and Byron Ga. today quoting homes Wildlife Exclusions that has Bats and squirrels.
by Jason Arruda
Mar 23, 2023 11:31:15 am.

Bat calls are coming in already with the mild winter in middle to south ga. Tifton, Vienna, Cordele, Zebulon, and Barnesville Ga. Just to name a few cities I’ll be today and tomorrow.
by Jason Arruda
Mar 22, 2023 12:41:29 pm.

Good morning, glad to back, was out 2 1/2 months cause I broke my leg, time to quote some houses
by Chris Collender
Mar 20, 2023 09:48:34 am.

In Tifton Ga giving a quote for a commercial building for squirrels and then headed to another commercial building in Americus Ga for bats. Ending the day in Macon Ga for a residential quote for Rats. Have a good day!
by Jason Arruda
Mar 13, 2023 11:57:15 am.

Scurrying in the attic, scratching in the walls sounds like you may have critters. Going to some homes today hearing these noises.
by Jason Arruda
Mar 10, 2023 09:34:34 am.

Wildlife exclusions for Bats, rats and squirrels are keeping us busy in Barnesville, Macon and Albany Ga.
by Jason Arruda
Mar 09, 2023 10:44:54 am.

Headed to Vienna Ga after a customer referred they’re neighbors to us.
by Jason Arruda
Mar 08, 2023 10:35:37 am.

Helping the technicians today with a Bat Exclusion on Lake Jackson Ga.
by Jason Arruda
Mar 07, 2023 10:47:30 am.

Started off in Rome ga, raccoons in the crawl space, then headed to Atlanta, ga, rats in the attic
by Chris Collender
Jan 05, 2023 11:48:37 am.

Happy New years, back at it, started off in Conyers ga, squirrels, then headed to Stone Mountain ga, rats in the attic, now In Gainesville ga, bats in the house
by Chris Collender
Jan 02, 2023 11:16:26 am.

Here's Wishing All of You a Merry Christmas from Rid-A-Critter!
by Webmaster
Dec 23, 2022 12:56:04 pm.

Rain rain go away, i need to quote some houses today, started off Snellville ga, squirrels have chewed several new holes, paid 2 companies to do patch work , never works long term, why she called us, we will give her a permanent solution
by Chris Collender
Dec 20, 2022 12:54:00 pm.

Beautiful day but Baby, it’s cold outside. Started the day in Athens ga, rats, then headed to Brasselton, ga, rats, then headed over to Oxford, ga, squirrels. Good times
by Chris Collender
Dec 19, 2022 12:42:44 pm.

Back in conyers, ga today, seems to be busy over here, flyers in the attic, headed to Ellenwood, ga, square
by Chris Collender
Dec 16, 2022 09:53:13 am.

Beautiful day, had 2 stops in Dacula, ga. Rats and squirrels, headed to conyers, ga. For another squirrel job.
by Chris Collender
Dec 15, 2022 12:15:22 pm.

Busy day in the rain, had two quotes in Alpharetta ga, flying squirrels in both homes, headed to Athens ga, squirrels in the attic.
by Chris Collender
Dec 14, 2022 12:45:29 pm.

Quoted a rental property In Atlanta ga, rats, them headed to Athens, ga, mice, then off to Snellville ga, squirrels in the attic
by Chris Collender
Dec 13, 2022 12:33:01 pm.

Finally no more rain, headed to Decatur ga, rental property, rats, headed to Monroe, ga, squirrels in a house, then back to Atlanta ga, rats
by Chris Collender
Dec 12, 2022 03:51:16 pm.

Good day yesterday, other then the rain, started off in Dawsonville ga, rats, then headed to Lawrenceville ga, flyers, then headed to Atlanta ga, rats
by Chris Collender
Dec 07, 2022 10:01:04 am.

Rainy day, started out in Duluth, ga, snakes found in the house, then headed to doraville ga, squirrels again, then 2 stops in Atlantic ga, rats. Busy day
by Chris Collender
Dec 05, 2022 03:25:03 pm.

Glad the rain stopped yesterday, we stood in Atlanta, ga. rats and squirrels, then headed to Duluth ga, squirrels again, then to Marietta ga, rats. Another good day
by Chris Collender
Dec 01, 2022 07:20:51 am.

Happy thanksgiving to all, it’s back to work, was in Decatur ga, rats, to off to McDonough ga, rats again, the headed to Douglasville ga, for grey squirrels, then I just left Carrollton ga, bats in attic
by Chris Collender
Nov 28, 2022 12:25:45 pm.

The management, staff, and logo animals of Rid-A-Critter wish all of our customers, suppliers, and Web site visitors a Happy and Save Thanksgiving holiday. Happy Thanksgiving from Rid-A-Critter
by Webmaster
Nov 23, 2022 10:05:14 am.

Cold day yesterday, started in Cedartown ga, squirrels in the soffits, had them last year, he tried to fix it himself last year, didn’t work. Headed to Mableton ga, squirrels again, then 2 stops in Marietta ga
by Chris Collender
Nov 22, 2022 08:21:48 am.

Rainy day, started off in Cleveland ga, bats in the ridge vents, then headed down to Atlanta ga, rats in the basement, then off to Douglasville ga, squirrels chewing holes threw customers shingles
by Chris Collender
Nov 15, 2022 03:36:15 pm.

It’s a cold Monday, was out in Monroe ga this morning, customer has had a constant issue with squirrels, then out 3 jobs in Atlanta ga, rats rats rats.
by Chris Collender
Nov 14, 2022 11:51:04 am.

Busy day yesterday, started off in Hoschton ga, rats, then out to a rental property in Atlanta, rats, then to Jonesboro ga, rats, then up to Athens ga, squirrels, good times.
by Chris Collender
Nov 10, 2022 10:19:13 am.

Was out in ellijay ga today, rats in crawl space, then headed to Hiawasse ga, flyers in attic, in Athens ga now, raccoons in a house
by Chris Collender
Nov 08, 2022 11:38:20 am.

Did a quote yesterday in Watkinsville, ga bats, and a quote for snakes, different houses, then off the Athens, ga snakes in a crawl space, has mice too. Then over to Covington, squirrels in the attic
by Chris Collender
Nov 03, 2022 09:32:16 am.

Was in Sharpsburg ga, squirrels are chewing threw the shingles to get into the attic, then off to Fayetteville ga, bats in the attic. Headed to Duluth ga, squirrels chewing threw the roof junctions and now in Atlanta ga, for rats
by Chris Collender
Oct 31, 2022 01:43:13 pm.

Went to Rome ga, squirrels for years, then off to Stone Mountain ga, previous customer new house, squirrels again. Headed to Bishop ga, guess for what, squirrels. Seems like theme
by Chris Collender
Oct 26, 2022 01:29:38 pm.

Back at in, was in McDonough ga for squirrels and presences of bats, off the Athens ga for squirrels in a metal roof, over to Gainesville ga, previous customer, we sealed his other house, has flyers in his new house, now headed to Atlanta
by Chris Collender
Oct 24, 2022 01:35:08 pm.

The Macon, Georgia office of Rid-A-Critter provides insulation replacement in the Macon, Columbus, and South Georgia areas, including Adel, Albany, Americus, Barnesville, Byron, Camilla, Centerville, Columbus, Cordele, Culloden, Cuthbert, Dawson, Eastman, Fitzgerald, Forsyth, Fort Valley, Gray, Griffin, Hawkinsville, Jackson, Juliette, Kathleen, Milledgeville, Moultrie, Perry, Roberta, Sylvester, Thomaston, Thomasville, Tifton, Valdosta, Warner Robins, Yatesville, and Zebulon. We are fully licensed and insured.

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