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Do wild animals in an attic damage insulation? How?

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Every once in a while it is not uncommon for people to find that wild animals, such as raccoons, birds, squirrels, and other creatures, have found a way to get into their attic area. Because of the seclusion that this area provides, it is not uncommon for animals to seek to create their own homes here. They not only have greater security in areas like your attic, but many people leave memorabilia, old clothing, and blankets there, which make for the perfect nest for a wild animal to use.



However, these materials are not needed because there is something inside the attic that provides the perfect material for an animal to use for its bed. This is the insulation that is used to warm your home.

While it is true that insulation includes fine glass particles as part of the construction of the material, it is also a very warm and comfortable material for an animal to use to create its bed. It makes the perfect nesting material, and this is why animals find it ideal to use. The question then becomes if wild animals damage the insulation in your attic? The truth of the matter is they most certainly do.

There are really two primary ways that an animal can ruin the insulation in your attic. The first of these is by creating the nest itself. If you have roles of insulation that are laid out in the attic area, it is not uncommon for a wild animal to tear this material up to create a more comfortable bed area. Often times, animals, such as squirrels and rats, will dig an area through the insulation sheet where it then creates a kind of cave for it to live in. This makes for a fantastic home.

While this can cause damage to the insulation, the biggest concern that you as a homeowner has is in relation to the waste that these animals give off. Whether you are talking about feces or urine, often times wild animals contain parasites and bacteria that are released when they relieve themselves. This comes out in the feces or urine that they release, which means that it is getting on your insulation at the same time.

By the design of insulation, it is impossible for you to clean this material. In every circumstance, if an animal like this has relieved itself on your insulation you must throw it away right away. Otherwise, you are giving room for parasites, bacteria, fungus, and other kinds of pathogens to blossom in your home and create a serious health risk for you and your family. Because of the warm temperatures in your attic, it is a fertile breeding ground, especially for bacteria, meaning that you are putting yourself at a huge risk if you don't simply get rid of this material.

It is true that this will be costly to replace insulation, but that is well worth the cost in relation to what it can mean to your health.

For more information, you may want to click on one of these guides that I wrote:
How To Guide: Who should I hire? - What questions to ask, to look for, who NOT to hire.
How To Guide: do it yourself! - Advice on saving money by doing wildlife removal yourself.
Guide: How much does wildlife removal cost? - Analysis of wildlife control prices.
Animals in the attic - read about the common species.
Noises in the attic - how to identify critters by their sounds.

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