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How Wildlife Can Destroy Your Attic


Your attic creates a great escape for wildlife looking to evade predators or the elements. Unfortunately, when animals make themselves at home in your attic, they bring with them various hazards. All of these issues are problematic enough on their own, but when they are all affecting your attic together, you have a recipe for disaster. Wildlife infestation is very damaging to your attic and restorations can cost hundreds to thousands of dollars depending on the severity of the destruction. Damages incurred can include:

  • Odors – Animals in your attic create putrid smells that linger and can make their way into their home. The grease from their fur gets on the insulation which keeps the scent in place long after the animal has been removed. If an animal were to die in your attic, their decomposing bodies would release awful scents that get trapped in the attic.
  • Pathogens – Many animals such as rodents carry diseases with them. While most people assume that pathogens aren’t much issue as long as they avoid contact with the animals, bites aren’t the only way to be infected. Raccoons, for instance, carry roundworm eggs in their feces which become airborne and can infect anyone in the home through inhalation.
  • Pheromones – Squirrels use their urine as a pheromone to attract more squirrels to the location. If squirrels have found their way into your attic, their urine is signaling others to join in. Too much urine soaked into your insulation can damage it beyond repair.

Protect Your Attic with Critter Control

Each of these problems is not only a danger to your home, but the damage from them can be incredibly costly to repair. This is why at Critter Control® of Sarasota, we offer both animal removal and sealing services to prevent future infestation. Contact us at 941-355-9511 for a free consultation today.