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Rat decontamination in an attic is a multistep
process that requires a hands-on approach. If you
want to do it correctly, it’s not going to be at
all easy – possible, but not easy. And you do want
to do it correctly, because partial
decontamination or superficial cleanup may lead to
infection with airborne viruses found in
contaminated dust, or to contracting other
diseases that these rodents can transmit to humans
who have direct contact with rat feces and urine.
Removing all that can be removed in terms of feces
and other debris rats leave behind. You won’t be
able to clear all the waste, as droppings and
debris will be everywhere, and that means waste
will also be in places where you can’t see it or
can’t reach it. Also, obviously, you can’t remove
urine. Thoroughly vacuuming the entire attic
should do the trick.
Removing soiled insulation. Where possible, tear
up the insulation that’s been soaked in urine, and
replace it with new batt fiberglass insulation.
Efficient rat cleanup calls for decontamination
with a strong product. You will need to spray your
attic with a powerful, non-toxic, biodegradable
odor eliminator that will also eat at the organic
source of the odors, and neutralize any
potentially harmful organic matter that didn’t get
sucked by the vacuum. Most rat control specialists
use a product called Bac-A-Zap, and it’s not one
of those products that are hard to find if you
don’t have relations in the industry. The product
can be bought directly in a spray bottle, but I
use an electric fogging machine for maximum
Protecting yourself by not having direct contact
with rat feces or inhaling contaminated dust. This
is one extremely important aspect to consider when
performing rat decontamination. Protective gloves,
HEPA filter mask, and full biohazard suit should
all be worn while cleaning after rats in the
attic. This is not a thing you would want to
overlook – your personal wellbeing is at stake.
Making extra sure the rats don’t have any way of
getting back into the attic. While home inspection
for rodent access points identification followed
by access obstruction should’ve been the first
step in dealing with rat invasion, it’s always
better to be safe than sorry, so make sure you
take another thorough look to ensure you haven’t
missed any holes or fissures.
Going the extra mile with prevention. Make sure
you didn’t do all that hard work for nothing, and
put aside a couple of hours of your time to deal
with prevention measures. Preventing other rats
from being attracted to your property is very much
necessary when you’re fresh out of an infestation
situation. Make sure you don’t have any garbage,
trash, or other possible food sources laying
around and accessible to rats or other vermin.
Make sure rats won’t have any openings through
which they could enter the building.
As you can see, I wasn’t exaggerating in the
introduction by saying that decontamination is not
going to be at all easy, but at least now you hold
the knowledge, and that’s always a plus. I’m sure
almost anyone can handle these steps correctly,
but it’s also true that not anyone is willing to.
Luckily for those who aren’t willing to, there are
people like myself who have chosen to make a
career out of wildlife control, and you can always
hire one of us to professionally handle the
situation for you. For a list of such individuals
and companies, go ahead and consult my directory
of experts. For more information, you may want to
click on one of these guides that I wrote:
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to get rid of rats
- my main rat removal
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- learn from great examples of rat
jobs I've done.