Rodent,Rats and Mice Control,Removal Services| Attic & Crawlspace Clean-up| Cleanouts Damaged Insulation| Exterminators
Rodents, and large vertebrate such as raccoon, opossums, squirrels and cats can infest attics and crawlspaces causing damage and creating health issues. Attics and Crawlspaces when infested with rodents are typically contaminated and require a thorough cleaning. Removing the contaminated insulation eliminates the health hazards and also removes the bad odor created by rats and mice. Which is important in preventing re-infestation.
Attic or Crawlspace restorations include animal dropping removal ,damaged insulation removal, insulation addition, hole in roof repairs, attic vent replacements, deodorizing, disinfecting and more. Qualified experienced team of professional exterminators get the job done.
Insulating the attic, crawl space and duct work is the cheapest way to make a home more energy efficient. Up to 30% of heat can be lost through poorly sealed and insulated duct work. Besides windows, attic insulation can be one of the biggest heat loss areas of a home or business building.
Pest Control-Rodent Trapping ,Removal & Sealing Services
Ineffective insulation sitting in attics or crawlspace from wildlife damage like rodent infestation can cause havoc on one’s health and wallet, When we discover that the insulation is damaged, Our Rodent exterminators will take a series of steps to re mediate the problem.
The first step is to remove the damaged insulation safely and clean as possible.
The next step performed for most homeowners is air-sealing of the attic with EcoSeal air sealant. This sealing process ensures that any warm air attempting to escape the living space will be prevented from doing so at all points of penetration. The correct amount of insulation in a attic or crawlspace will help reduce your energy bills. Before insulating or deciding whether to add insulation to the attic or crawlspace, visit the US. Department of Energy’s website, to see if your existing insulation measures up. Chances are it doesn’t match-up to current government recommendations.
Our attic or Crawlspace insulation pest control specialists measure your existing insulation during our pest entry points inspections and let you know if you need to add more insulation to match the U.S. Department of Energy’s guidelines. Many insulation materials can be difficult to work with. Let the professionals at AmPm Rodent Control do your insulation installation. We can also remove insulation that has been soiled/damage and take care of the disposal.
Tips to consider before installing any type of insulation in your attic or crawlspace:
- Seal all attic-to-home air leaks. Most insulation does not stop airflow. ◦Duct exhaust fans to the outside. Use a tightly constructed box to cover fan housing on attic side. Seal around the duct where it exits the box. Seal the perimeter of the box to the drywall on attic side.
◦Cover openings—such as dropped ceilings, soffits, and bulkheads—into attic area with plywood and seal to the attic side of the ceiling.
◦Seal around chimney and framing with a high-temperature caulk or furnace cement.
◦At the tops of interior walls, use long-life caulk to seal the smaller gaps and holes. Use expanding foam or strips of rigid foam board insulation for the larger gaps.
- Install blocking (metal flashing) to maintain fire-safety clearance requirements (usually 3 inches) for heat-producing equipment found in an attic, such as flues, chimneys, exhaust fans, and light housings/fixtures unless the light fixtures are IC (insulation contact) rated. IC-rated lights are airtight and can be covered with insulation.
- Make sure insulation doesn’t block soffit vents to allow for attic ventilation.
- Check the attic ceiling for water stains or marks that may indicate roof leaks or lack of ventilation. Make repairs before installing insulation. Wet insulation is ineffective and can damage the home. Also insulate and air-seal your attic access if it’s located in a conditioned part of the house. Properly insulate and air seal any knee walls and vertical walls in the home as well.
If you’re wondering if there are ways to determine whether your home is as energy efficient as it should be, the answer is: there are plenty!
- High energy bills (higher than seems normal)
- Cold floors in the winter
- Drafty rooms
- Walls that are cold to the touch in the winter
- Ice dams in the winter
- Uneven temperatures from room to room
- Air conditioning running more than normal in the summer
Finally, if constructing a new home or remodeling, make sure any attic decking, which provides additional storage space or a platform for an HVAC unit or hot water tank, is raised above the ceiling joists to ensure proper insulation depth. The decking then should be installed securely to the top of the raised lumber after the insulation has been installed.
Rodent Clean up Attic and crawlspace restoration Service 206 571 7580
The crawlspace is often a neglected area of the home. Frequent findings of insulation issues can be any of the following. Insulation is pulled down and contaminated with rodent droppings, urine, food caches, nesting materials even rodent corpses. Ducting is chewed and nested in. Vapor barriers are improperly set down or nonexistent. Also in some cases excessive moisture has caused or is causing health problems.
Contact a Seattle and Eastside Exterminators: 206 571 7580
|Rodent Extermination Services in Seattle — Decontamination & Restoration |
AmPm Rodent extermination service technician has protective gear to enter tight spaces and remove filthy debris that rodents have left behind. This work is extremely difficult and unpleasant but a job that needs to be done. AmPm professionals are trained, equipped, and dedicated to get the job done. Often this service can include the use of an industrial vacuum, sweeping, gathering contaminated debris, and removal of rodent nests and even animal carcasses.
In crawlspaces beneath homes the insulation is tucked between floor joists just under the floor. Rodents create runways and nests up inside the gap between the insulation and your floor. When that happens the insulation becomes contaminated and matted, so in addition to the filth, the insulation can no longer hold in heat (its “R factor”). If we’re working on your crawlspace this usually includes removing the vapor barrier because rodents will tear it in order to build a nest underneath. All of the contaminated material is packed out, and then an organic disinfectant and odor-treatment is applied before installing a new vapor barrier and/or new insulation.
In attics most insulation is the loose, blown-in type. Rats love living in attic insulation because it provides great nesting material and they can burrow into it as it makes them feel safe and hard to find. The problem is that not only do rats leave large amounts of droppings and urine that contaminates the attic space but their activity, body weight, and urine compress the insulation greatly, reducing its ability to keep your home warm. Attics are tough places to crawl and work, but Ampm rodent control technicians are up to the task! In these cases we often use a industrial vacuum to remove huge amounts of rodent debris, damaged loose insulation and often roofing debris. Once the contaminated insulation is removed we apply an organic disinfectant and odor-treatment, and then install fresh new energy-efficient insulation.
Disinfecting and Deodorizing Following Rodent Extermination
Rodents carry diseases and they leave filth that can create a biohazard. As part of either attic or substructure crawlspace cleanup, Ampm Pest Control applies a disinfectant to surfaces. This disinfectant can’t be removed, and greatly aids in the decontamination process. It is applied as a fog that drifts into hard-to-reach areas or, when needed, as a heavier spray that penetrates deeper into the surface build-up.
The odor from rat or mice, mouse urine, feces, and dead rodent carcasses is horrendous. The stench is always found where they’ve lived and sometimes it reaches into the living space of your home. A related problem is the pheromones. These are scents that attract other rats or mice. We apply a proven deodorizer to help bring your home back to the comfortable and pleasant place it should be.
After removing contaminated and damaged insulation (and other damaged items), our crew professionally installs new and proper R-valued insulation in difficult to reach areas. We install insulation from within the crawl area, overhead up under the subfloor. Attics we provide blown in, high R-value insulation. Other damaged items could be flex exhaust ducting or even heating ductwork which are fully replaced.
Note: Damaged wiring is referred to a qualified electrician.
Bait should only be used outdoors, after the rats or mice have been removed from the structure and after rodent exclusion has been applied. Rats come from an existing population near your home. Because rats are territorial, as soon as we have gotten rid of the resident rats, their territory will be up for grabs – and the pheromone scent left behind will attract new rodents.Our pest control technician can protect and maintain your perimeter and keep nearby rodents from reentering and re-infesting your home.
Many homes do not have adequate insulation for our Northwest climate. A properly insulated home will save money, save energy, and increase comfort year-round. Our pest exterminators have the expertise necessary to fully insulate your attic and crawlspace to the optimum r-value
How Much Does attic or crawlspace insulation and rat,mice removal Cost?
After full inspection the pest control inspector should be able to give you the cost of the services, home repairs to seal shut all entry points, trapping and removal of rats, expect to pay at least $300-$600. If you need attic or crawlspace cleanup. Costs do vary by square footage of the home or building.If you want it done correctly and permanently, it is not cheap this is due to accessibility, extensive and costly home repairs. You will not solve the rat problem until you spend the money (or do it yourself pest control) and get all openings into your house sealed with steel.