Attic Restoration / Decontamination Services
If you suspect a roof rat invasion in your attic, crawlspace or commercial building, it is imperative to properly clean out the infestation. Rats carry a variety of diseases that are dangerous for humans and pets. These are diseases that can be transmitted by bites, scratches, inhalation of waste particles, or coming in direct contact with fecal matter or urine.
A rat infestation should not be taken lightly! They are dangerous animals, mainly because they can contaminate food and water supplies and breathable air when burrowing into attic ventilation systems. In addition, their constant gnawing will cause tremendous damage to building materials that include chewed wires, plastic pipes, vents, and holes in access ways. Rats will chew through structures to create or expand their nesting sites. Doing so will cause a great deal of damage to baseboards, walls, roof rafters, ceilings, subflooring and structural beams.
Once a rat infestation has begun, they begin to multiply and this causes a great deal of contamination with fecal matter and urine. The majority of the waste is absorbed by the insulation in the attic and then spreads to drywall, beams, and ductwork. In a matter of weeks, rats can make your attic insulation hazardous enough to cause illness from direct or indirect contact.
As rats travel in and out of your attic they leave behind a pheromone trail for other rats to pick up on and follow. These rodent pheromone trails provide the rats with safe, established paths to use in and around the attic and outside your home.
A common historical example of a disease attributed to rodents from the Middle Ages is the bubonic plague (Black Plague). The disease was transmitted through fleas from rats and through rat bites. Unfortunately, your home provides rats with a predator-proof shelter and access to food and water sources. So getting rid of them is going to require some effort. Anytime animals have turned your home’s attic into their shelter, nesting site and breeding ground it is absolutely critical to have your attic professionally decontaminated. Often, the scent of an infestation will attract new rodents looking for a home since they will smell this area as a safe haven. Therefore the problem will continue without proper treatment even if the rodents are simply trapped and removed. The “welcome mat” is still in place for other rodents near your home.
At Pinnacle Pest Control, we are experts in attic remediation. On the right side of the page are the basic steps involved in an attic decontamination project and below is an outline of the tasks and tools used on a typical home.
Attic Rodent Removal Includes:
- Rodent trapping
- Rodent Waste Removal
- Removal of all contaminated insulation
- Odor Removal
- Sanitizing (using biological sanitizers)
- Rodent Exclusion Services
- Replacement with T•A•P insulation
Our services incorporate sanitizing, cleaning and replacing the insulation. We will check for all entry and exit points created from the rodent infestation (rodent exclusion). When complete, you should have a secure, clean attic that is safe for you and your family. We Service for Rodent Control in Sacramento and the surrounding cities.
Eliminate Animal Infestation Odors
We use BAC-AZAP odor eliminator because it also consumes decaying organic matter, and removes the odor at the source. So it doesn’t mask odors, it removes them. It uses microbes and bacteria to attack the source of the smell, breaking down the organic matter and eliminating the odor permanently.
BAC-AZAP eliminates odors including:
- Dead Animals
T.A.P. – Pest Control Insulation (Thermal – Acoustical – Pest Control)
For attic insulation after a rodent cleanout we use T•A•P as the replacement insulation. T•A•P is a natural cellulose fiber insulation treated with boric acid and other proprietary formulations to produce a fire-retardant and sound-deadening insulation with pest-controlling properties. TAP is acceptable for use around humans and pets, but deadly to crawling insects because the boric acid attaches to the bodies of the pests as they crawl through or nest in the insulation. Since these pests are “self-grooming” insects, they ingest the boric acid when they groom themselves. Since insects cannot excrete the boric acid, it accumulates in the gut, eventually proving lethal due to dehydration, malnutrition, or both.
To Humans, boric acid is considered to be about as poisonous as table salt but for insects, T∙A∙P is a U. S. EPA-labeled pesticide. It is listing for the control of ants, cockroaches, silverfish,
termites, and other self grooming pests listed on the EPA label.
- Thermal insulation because air-filled cells, or heat-reflective surfaces, slows down heat loss.
- Acoustical insulation as it mitigates noise transmission.
- Pest Control insulation, as it is labeled to control self grooming insects.