Raccoons No Longer In Attic, Need Attic Disinfected And Restoration
If Raccoons have moved in to your attic, or have managed to get into the drop tiles of your place of business, there can be problems. Raccoons are notorious for destroying attic, drop tiles, insulation, and duct lines. If raccoons have been in a attic or drop tiles for any amount of time, chances are there will be fecal accumulation and urine staining. Prompt action is needed to prevent a serious a health and safety hazard from raccoons possibly falling through drop tiles or through drywall.
Understand, not all wildlife providers are adequately staffed to handle attic restorations and clean up of droppings. Most wildlife companies also cannot handle complete removal of insulation, and will often times sub contract those services.
Animal Pros handles every aspect of attic restorations and clean outs, as there is no sub contracting here.
Attic Restoration From Raccoons & Raccoon Droppings
Attic Restoration from the presence of raccoons is often required, as raccoons will leave feces and urine in their aftermath. Sometimes the presence of feces and urine will be called a “raccoon latrine”. Raccoon Latrines will contain feces and urine in a concentrated spot in a attic, often contaminating and permeating through insulation, drop tiles, and even sheetrock or drywall. Sometimes if multiple raccoons, the presence of feces and urine will be consistently spread throughout the entire attic. In severe cases, heavy raccoon fecal accumulation can often cause permeated drywall or drop tiles to collapse under the weight of droppings or from the raccoon. It is crucial to contact one of our professionals for help with attic restoration before a costly problem.
Insulation Damage From Raccoons & Raccoon Droppings
Insulation damage from raccoons can occur with insulation being flattened down from the weight of the raccoon loosing its R – value. Often times the greatest damage occurs from the presence of urine and feces. Insulation can only absorb so much before bleeding through can cause drywall damage. Fecal accumulations called “Raccoon Latrines” can be present throughout the entire attic or concentrated in a certain spot. Contamination of insulation can result in the need to completely remove and replace insulation over the entire attic. Call our restoration specialists at Animal Pros for all your insulation removal and replacement needs.
Duct Line Damage From Raccoons & Raccoon Droppings
Raccoons in a attic not only poses a problem to insulation, but sometimes, the cool touch of the outside of a duct line can cause a raccoon to associate that with water, ripping a normal duct line completely. With lines blowing cool air when its hot, and warmer air when is cold, this makes a inviting area for a raccoon to take refuge. Once inside a duct line, any feces, urine, and animal dander, can contaminate the line, prompting a complete replacement of your duct system. As those droppings dry in a duct line, and are disturbed by the animal, this created air borne particulates to be filtered directly into your living space. This can be a health hazard, and a serious health hazard for children, elderly, or anyone with a compromised immune system. It is best to not wait until you have damage to call. Contact a specialist with Animal Pros to help prevent raccoon damage today.
Disinfecting And Deodorizing From Raccoon Droppings
Most homes and businesses with raccoon problems often can get used to the air and not pick up on how serious the problem is. In most cases with raccoons, we can walk into the home or business and smell the air, and will be able to tell you what animal you have just on smell alone. Raccoons in particular have a distinctive smell, and that’s just in regards to the animal. That doesn’t account for the odor and contaminates from accumulation of feces and urine. Proper clean up procedures include:
- Proper PPE – Tryvek suits, Gloves, Full Face Respirator, Boot Protection, Eye Protection.
- Disinfecting the entire attic, before anything is disturbed, including droppings.
- Removal of droppings by hand to keep air borne particulates to a minimum.
- Removal of contaminated insulation, urine soaked or discolored insulation, nesting debris.
- If fecal or urine accumulation has bled through into the drywall, then drywall repair of damaged area.
- Once everything is out of the attic, we will disinfect the attic area again, making contact with joists, drywall, or any other affected area.
- Deodorize the attic area, pushing out all old air, and taking away any foul odor particles left.
- Reinstall insulation, blown in or rolls, usually at a R 30 recommendation.
For help with any raccoon problem at your home or business, contact our specialist at Animal Pros today.