What Kind of Damage Can Raccoons Do?
Raccoons can be pretty messy. Just ask anyone who has had the misfortune seeing their garbage can toppled over, the contents of which have been strewn all over the lawn. Now imagine what they can do if left for any time inside your home.
When raccoons take up residence inside an attic they are capable of causing tremendous amounts of property damage. At Skedaddle, we often find that the damage raccoons do to gain entry to your attic is the tip of the iceberg compared to what they do once inside. In very little time, a family of raccoons is capable of destroying your insulation and filling your attic with harmful and odorous urine and feces.
With the average raccoon weighing in at 25-30 lb (11-14 kg) they can quickly trample and compress attic insulation simply by walking around. Pregnant female raccoons will compact and clear large areas of the attic to comfortably rest and nurse their young. All of this activity serves to damage your insulation and reduce its effectiveness. A properly insulated attic is critical to keeping your home warm in winter and cool in the summer. Raccoon damage can cost you thousands of dollars in inflated heating and cooling bills.
Beyond insulation, raccoons frequently damage ventilation and electrical systems that run through attics. Without repair, these damages can lead to fire, water damage and even mould.
Urine and Feces
An even scarier thought for many is the fact that raccoons will use your attic as a giant litter box. The amount of urine and feces produced by a single raccoon is enough to create some serious health concerns. These problems are multiplied when as many as many as eight babies are born and raised just inches above your ceiling.
One of the most significant dangers associated with raccoons can be found in their feces. Baylisascaris is an infection caused by a roundworm contained in raccoon excrement. The roundworm eggs are often found inside raccoon droppings and if ingested by humans can cause severe damage to the nervous system or death.
To reduce your family’s risk for infection and return your attic to its proper condition, Skedaddle offers full decontamination and restoration services. Call us today to learn more 1-888-592-0387.
How to Clean Raccoon Feces in the Attic
As part of our process, Skedaddle’s wildlife technicians will perform a thorough inspection of your attic to determine the extent of contamination and damage. We will be sure to take lots of photos so you can get a good idea of exactly what you are dealing with.
The amount of damage you can expect to find after removing uninvited raccoon guests depends on the length of their stay. The longer they have been up there the worse it usually is. In some cases, especially when the raccoons are evicted quickly, only spot treatments and removals of soiled insulation are required.
When dealing with raccoon feces it is important to take the following measures to protect your safety:
- Wear disposable gloves.
- Wear booties to cover shoes, or rubber boots that can be washed with hot soapy water.
- Wear a particle rated mask to avoid ingesting airborne eggs.
- Avoid disturbing the droppings and causing them to become airborne – a mist of water will help.
- Upon completion, thoroughly clean your clothes and tools with hot soapy water or dispose of entirely.
- Wash hands and skin thoroughly.
To remove the feces from your attic:
- Use a shovel or scoop to carefully collect the droppings and any surrounding insulation or materials.
- Place them inside a heavy-duty garbage bag and completely seal the top.
- Avoid tearing the bag and double bag if needed.
- Carefully remove the bag from the attic and avoid cross-contaminating your home.
- Dispose of the bag in a secure garbage can until collection.
For attics with severe raccoon damage and contamination spot cleanups are not possible. In these cases, it is important to hire a professional to safely remove all contaminated insulation and materials and blow new insulation back in.
Trust Skedaddle’s proven process to return your home to a healthy state:
- Using an industrial gas powered vacuum, we suck out your trampled, soiled and ineffective insulation. To prevent any cross-contamination with your home, our technicians and equipment will enter your attic through the roof.
- Once the contaminated material has been removed, the attic space is disinfected and deodorized.
- The attic is then prepared for reinsulating, keeping in mind proper air flow and circulation.
- Finally, the attic floor is topped with environmentally safe cellulose insulation. Click here to learn more about cellulose
A clean and properly insulated attic will add value to your home and significantly reduce your home heating and cooling costs. Ask us how we can help clean the mess and save you money. Call us today at 1-888-592-0387.