Attic Cleanups, Attic Restoration and Attic Renovations After Bat Infestation
Attics and wild animals do not go over well. It is always important to consider some level of bio hazard clean ups where bats, birds and animals have occupied an attic and having the contamination removed in remote problem areas or the entire attic.
The purpose of attic restoration is to replace and revive damage caused by an invasion caused by bats, birds, raccoons, squirrels and other vermin (critters). When a raccoon, opossum, bat, bird or squirrel take up residence in attic they don’t come alone they also bring parasites and insects with him and getting your attic back to a healthy state involves getting rid of everything brought in with your unwanted attic guests. The attic if left unrestored can become a dangerous breeding ground for various wildlife diseases that eventually can affect the health and welfare of every member of your home via airborne hazards of diseases such as raccoon roundworm and histoplasmosis. Many invasions of homes additionally affect the home's wiring which often become chewed by members of the rodent family which often result in bare wires and eventual housefires. Heating and cooling ducts often become destroyed or filled with feces and /or can circulate these contaminants throughout your home. Now here is the basic concept of a complete attic restoration, step-by-step !!
Exclusion- First and foremost, a wildlife control, bat or bird removal specialist performs a complete exclusion to guaranteeing no other vermin can re- enter and destroy the attic again.
Clean Up- Removal of contaminants, the dead animals ,their feces and getting all the old soiled and matted insulation out of and disposed of properly.
Insect Treatment- Treat for any insect infestation which is common with most any vermin. Fleas. Mites , Ticks and bat bugs often are part of the problem and come with the vermin when they claim attic as a home Disinfect/Deodorize/Fix Wiring- Bring in a licensed electrician to replace all damaged wiring. Disinfect and deodorize the attic before any new insulation is added to the attic. Reinstall Insulation- Reinstalling the insulation back to its original R rating or better. Having quality insulation will save the customers an unbelievable amount of money on their energy bills.
What Is A Attic Restoration Really! Bat, Bird Animal Damage Bats, birds and other wildlife can result in actual physical damage to property in the attic including damage to communication equipment including TV Cable, Satellite, Antennae, Telephone , DSL and Broadband Connections. Heating , Air or HVAC systems often get damaged by raccoon’s or chewed into by rodents. Rats and squirrels are big chewers with their constantly growing teeth can chew up most any wire or cable if given the time. We recommend that before any attic renovation, attic restoration or attic cleanup is done behind problem bats, birds or animals that your property be properly excluded which means having your home or business bat proofed, bird proofed, raccoon proofed or rodent proofed then have your attic cleaned up.
It is important to have all soiled attic insulation then have the attic insulation replaced to code. We have companies in the United States and Canada that can take any home with a bat , bird or wild animal problem , remove the problem critters, stop the reentry of critters by proper exclusion techniques, remove and replace soiled attic insulation and either directly have necessary repairs done by licensed contractors including insect management and removal.
When animals take possession of your attic the sad truth is they begin using it as a toilet, they can bring in mites, ticks, bat bugs and other vermin right along with them. Given ample time these insects can eventually gain access to the rest of your home and none of them bring nothing but sudden and unexplained itching & scratching. Bat Guano, Bird Droppings , Rats, Mice, Raccoon Feces & Urine Removal We know how to safely remove biohazards caused by the habitation of bats, birds and other wildlife in attics. Buildings where bats have resided for years can suffer incredible damage from the guano and urine left behind. Readers are cautioned that bat cleanup requires special equipment as it can pose incredible safety hazards. Credit : Internet Center For Wildlife Damage Management
Bat can pose two different risks, excessive weight on ceiling structures, and disease by contaminated materials. Removal is not risk free as it may simply spread contamination elsewhere. Proper industry standards are lacking regarding appropriate removal methods and practices (But see the NIOSH Materials above. We suspect, however, that the principles applied to the removal of asbestos would be appropriate for the removal of guano.
Bat bugs (Eastern bat bug, C. adjunctus and Western bat bug, C. pilosellus) can be easily confused with bed bugs (Cimix lectularius). Bat bug life-cycle. The eggs hatch from four to 12 days and the bat bugs proceed through five nymphal stages, each lasting about three to 10 days. Optimal development temperature is 86°F (30°C). The total development time for the common bed bug has been calculated to be from as little as 24 days at 86°F, and being delayed for as long as 128 days at 65°F. To bat bugs, humans are a secondary host. When bats are excluded, sometimes the insects which feed on bats will enter the living space in search of a new host (like you) for a blood meal.
Many diseases are associated with bird droppings including Chlamydiosis, salmonellosis, arizonosis, and colibacillosis are the most common of these infections. Chlamydiosis, salmonellosis, eastern equine encephalitis and avian tuberculosis may be serious and even life- threatening. Histoplasmosis Certain fungi prefer to grow in soils enriched with avian manures. Histoplasma capsulatum is one of these. The fungus is also associated with construction sites and caves. Birds are not susceptible to infection, but histoplasmosis can affect humans, dogs, cats, cattle, sheep, horses, and many wild mammals.
The incubation period is 7-14 days. Most cases in humans are asymptomatic. Disease may be manifested in three forms: acute pulmonary (most common), chronic cavitary pulmonary, and disseminated. The acute pulmonary form is influenza-like and lasts up to several weeks. It is characterized by chills, chest pain, nonproductive cough, fever, and malaise. The chronic form occurs in people over 40 and resembles tuberculosis. It is characterized by a productive cough, pus-like sputum (material expelled from the respiratory passages), weight loss, and shortness of breath. The disseminated form occurs in the very young or the elderly. Lesions include enlarged spleen and liver, and mucosal ulceration. The disseminated form of histoplasmosis can be fatal if not treated. Amphotericin B has been used to treat histoplasmosis. Transmission occurs by inhalation of spores produced by growth of the mold. Histoplasmosis is not a communicable disease. The reservoir is the soil, especially when enriched with droppings from birds or bats. Wet the area and wear a face mask or respirator when working in suspect surroundings. Spraying the soil with a formaldehyde solution has been used to kill the fungi. Although this disease is avian-associated, it is not a zoonotic disease, because the reservoir is soil and not the birds. This is, however, of little consequence to the unfortunates who become infected.