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Contaminated Insulation Replacement

Cleaning up the mess the critters left behind

Insulation being installed in an attic in Georgia

Insulation being installed in an attic in Georgia

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, Georgia.

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

 

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Rats, mice and squirrels today. Wildlife repairs with trapping. Animal exclusion needed call us for a free quote.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 25, 2021 10:58:52 am.

Rainy all over Georgia it seems like. Hard for us to keep dry when we’re determined to evict the animals and seal to keep them out. In Albany Ga now for a couple quotes and then to Zebulon Ga for another quote for squirrels removal. Be safe
by Jason Arruda
Feb 18, 2021 11:10:35 am.

Our technicians are repairing rat damage to a drain line at a house in Macon, Georgia. The rats also got into the house itself, so we'll be non-chemically trapping and removing them and rat-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Feb 10, 2021 10:59:15 am.

Bats in Roberta Ga, Rats in Macon Ga and Mice in the walls in Warner Robins Ga. call for a free quote.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 09, 2021 11:43:49 am.

Exclusion quote done in Eastman Ga this morning now I’m headed to Thomaston Ga for another exclusion quote. Customer hearing noises in the wall.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 08, 2021 01:10:45 pm.

Cold and windy day like today reminds me why animals like the warmth and safety of an attic and or crawl space. It’s cold outside stay warm everyone, but if you find yourself hearing scratching noises in the attic/walls give us a call.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 02, 2021 04:49:14 pm.

Headed over to Albany Georgia for a quote to exclude squirrels.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 02, 2021 11:44:36 am.

Animal-Contaminated Insulation in the Attic of an Albany, Georgia Home Needs Replacement
by Webmaster
Feb 01, 2021 10:52:24 am.

Give Ridacritter a call for any of your nuisance animal needs. From Bats, to Bees, Squirrels, to Rats, Ridacritter solves all of your problems. Call for an exclusion today!
by Jake A.
Jan 30, 2021 10:25:50 am.

We have an insulation-replacement crew installing new insulation in the attic of a house in Kathleen, Georgia. The old insulation had to be removed and safely disposed of because it was contaminated with animal filth.
by Webmaster
Jan 28, 2021 07:15:37 am.

Very busy right now. Lots of squirrels and rats in the Birmingham and surrounding areas. Looks like bats are flying already as I’ve got several bat jobs to look at this week. Had a customer yesterday with squirrels and bats.
by Chris Scott
Jan 26, 2021 08:07:01 am.

We're removing and replacing the attic insulation in a house in Columbus, Georgia. The old insulation was dirty and smelly due to animal urine and feces, and needed to be removed, safely disposed of, and replaced.
by Webmaster
Jan 25, 2021 08:25:18 am.

We have an insulation-replacement crew on their way to remove and dispose of animal-contaminated insulation in the attic of a Columbus, Georgia home, and replace it with fresh, clean, energy-efficient new insulation.
by Webmaster
Jan 22, 2021 10:22:40 am.

We have a team in Macon Ga finishing up on a flying squirrel exclusion job. Local and dependable give us a call.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 18, 2021 01:41:30 pm.

Scratching in the attic, noises keeping you up at night, you might have animals in the attic. Squirrels, flying squirrels, rats, bats, raccoons etc. Call us for a free quote today. We will be happy to remove them and keep them out for good.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 18, 2021 10:19:58 am.

Just finished up on a warranty call in Concord Ga. Now I’m gonna head over to Barnesville Ga to help a tech on a exclusion for Bats.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 15, 2021 11:28:21 am.

In Cordele and Tifton Georgia today quoting exclusions for squirrels. Time for these critters to go.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 14, 2021 12:02:36 pm.

Had the opportunity to give 2 quotes in Barnesville Ga today for Bats. Customers are both scheduled for the exclusions in a couple of days.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 13, 2021 02:56:28 pm.

Just completed a warranty inspection at a home we sealed last yr. in Perry Georgia. Gave them the all clear.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 12, 2021 02:49:18 pm.

This afternoon we'll be replacing the attic insulation in a house in Columbus, Georgia. The old insulation will be removed and disposed of due to contamination with animal filth.
by Webmaster
Jan 12, 2021 10:26:00 am.

We have a team replacing the insulation in the attic of a house in Albany, Georgia. Insulation replacement is often necessary when animals in a house foul the insulation with their urine and droppings.
by Webmaster
Jan 12, 2021 10:21:00 am.

In Auburn Alabama quoting exclusions for gray squirrels today.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 07, 2021 11:01:30 am.

Lots of squirrel and rat calls today. From Birmingham to Anniston.
by Chris Scott
Jan 07, 2021 09:46:52 am.

In Alpharetta, Ga this morning providing a clearance letter to a customer so their buyers can rest assured they’re purchasing a Critter Free home. Did I mention our Warranty is 100% transferable??
by Tim McDavid
Jan 05, 2021 09:29:57 am.

Lots of squirrel calls today. It appears gray and flying squirrels are attempting to take over every attic in the Birmingham and surrounding areas.
by Chris Scott
Jan 04, 2021 05:58:27 pm.

We have a crew trapping and removing roof rats from a warehouse in Macon, and sealing the edges of the corrugated metal roof to keep them out. Corrugated roofs require a lot of detailed work to animal-proof.
by Webmaster
Jan 04, 2021 09:13:07 am.

New Blog Post: Happy New Year!
by Webmaster
Dec 31, 2020 10:41:11 am.

Gonna wrap this day up early making people smile and animals relocated. Hope everyone has a great and prosperous New Year!!
by Jason Arruda
Dec 31, 2020 09:54:56 am.

New Blog Post: Merry Christmas!
by Webmaster
Dec 24, 2020 11:23:46 am.

We're just finishing up replacing the insulation in the attic of a house in Valdosta, Georgia. Insulation replacement becomes necessary when the existing insulation becomes contaminated with filth from animals living in the attic.
by Webmaster
Dec 23, 2020 10:17:12 am.

Jason and Justin are scheduled to replace the attic insulation at a house in Columbus, Georgia. The old insulation is contaminated with animal urine and feces, which poses health risks and causes odor problems.
by Webmaster
Dec 23, 2020 10:13:47 am.

Guys are in Fitzgerald Ga this rainy day doing an exclusion for squirrels.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 16, 2020 02:57:45 pm.

The Macon, Georgia office of Rid-A-Critter provides insulation replacement in Macon-Bibb County, Georgia and the surrounding areas including Albany, Americus, Barnesville, Byron, Centerville, Columbus, Cordele, Culloden, Eastman, Fitzgerald, Forsyth, Fort Valley, Gray, Griffin, Hawkinsville, Juliette, Kathleen, Milledgeville, Perry, Roberta, Sylvester, Thomaston, Tifton, Valdosta, Warner Robins, Yatesville, and Zebulon.

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