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Insulation Replacement in Athens, Georgia

Clean Up your Attic and Save Energy After an Animal Problem

Contaminated insulation replacement job

Contaminated insulation replacement job

Whether you have rats, squirrels, bats, raccoons, or even mice in your attic or insulated crawl space, one thing is certain: They leave a mess behind -- a dirty, filthy, stinky, unhealthy mess. Their urine and droppings can get into the insulation where it can cause odors and serve as breeding media for insects, fungi, and other pathogens, which can then get into the living area of your home (especially if you have forced-air heating and air-conditioning).

Animals in your attic can also damage the insulation itself by pulling and tearing at it, using it for nesting material, or flattening it out (which reduces its thermal efficiency). This winds up costing you more money for heating and cooling.

Contaminated insulation can't be cleaned, and damaged insulation can't be fixed. The only way to fix these problems is by removing the filthy, damaged insulation and replacing it with fresh, new, energy-efficient insulation. That's why whenever we do an animal-removal job in an attic, we inspect the insulation for contamination and damage.

Health Hazards of Animal-Contaminated Insulation

Insulation is designed to trap air between some substance such as fiberglass, foam, or cellulose. It's the air that does the actual insulating, not the insulation itself. But this also means that because of the way it works, insulation can trap and hold droppings, urine, and other body fluids. It can also serve as a breeding medium for bacterial and and fungal diseases.

In addition to the physical filth, contaminated insulation can also trap animal odors and slowly release them into the home over a period of months or years. Because the rate of release is affected by temperature and humidity, you may think the problem's gone, only to find that it comes back when the weather changes.

There's really no way to wash the insulation once it's contaminated. It will need to be replaced. Depending on the extent of the animal problem, all or only part of the contaminated insulation will need to go in order to restore the attic to a healthful condition.

Animal-Damaged Insulation and Energy Loss

Insulation is actually a more delicate material than most people realize. Remember, it's designed to trap air. If it gets damaged or flatted out, it can't trap as much air, and its insulating efficiency is greatly reduced. When animals run back and force across insulation, they flatten it out, which destroys its thermal efficiency. It needs to be fluffy, not flat, to do its job.

Animals in an attic often do very serious damage to the insulation. Aside from flattening it out, they sometimes tear away large sections of it -- much more than they need for nesting material. They also scratch at the vapor barriers, which can cause dampness, mold, and mildew. Raccoons in particular are known for destroying insulation, but many other animals do so as well. We don't know why. Maybe they're just bored.

Insulation Replacement

Rid-A-Critter started offering insulation replacement very early on in our history as an animal-removal company because so many customers needed it. We invested heavily in training and equipment so our technicians could do the job well, and we rapidly developed a reputation for quality insulation installation. As a result, we often are contacted by people who don't even have an animal problem but who want their insulation replaced for energy-efficiency reasons. We're very proud of that, and if we have the manpower available, we help these folks out. But we always give first priority to our animal-removal customers.

One of the things that customers love about our insulation replacement work is that we take care of everything, from start to finish, including:

In addition to making your attic and home cleaner, healthier, and fresher-smelling, replacing your old insulation will usually save you money. The materials that we use are top-quality and are much more efficient than the insulation that was available just a decade or two ago. With energy prices high and getting higher, the savings from upgrading your insulation can be considerable.

The Athens-Clarke County, Georgia office of Rid-A-Critter provides high-quality insulation replacement in Athens, Commerce, Good Hope, Greensboro, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Watkinsville, Winder, and all the surrounding communities. Please contact us to learn more about this or any of our other quality services.

Insulation Replacement Gallery

Here are pictures of some of the insulation replacement jobs we've done in the Athens area.

 

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Headed down south today to Albany Ga to give a quote for a bat exclusion. Animals in the attic scratching and bats are keeping the customers up at night. Time for us to step in.
by Jason Arruda
Sep 10, 2020 09:42:30 am.

Jason and Justin Deodorizing an Attic After Animal Removal
by Webmaster
Jun 24, 2020 10:10:29 am.

News: CDC Warns that COVID-19 Lockdowns are Making Rats and Mice More Desperate
by Webmaster
May 27, 2020 09:43:37 am.

Video of Justin Sealing Rats and Mice Out of a Loading Dock
by Webmaster
Apr 30, 2020 10:02:16 am.

Noises in your attic? We can help in certain case we can seal and remove animals from your home with no personal contact.
by Dean Scott
Apr 02, 2020 11:16:28 am.

From our family to yours we wish you good health and safety. During this uncertain time related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we want to assure you as a approved business for essential Services. Rid-A-Critter remains open. Thanks
by Jason Arruda
Mar 27, 2020 03:07:31 pm.

Here's Dan Humanely Removing Animals from a Glue Trap
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Mar 10, 2020 10:05:57 am.

This Video Shows How to Humanely Remove an Animal from a Glue Trap
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Mar 10, 2020 09:57:33 am.

Just enjoying this Georgia weather this weekend. At my parents house fishing and noticed the wildlife out here where they belong. They can become a nuisance though when they find their way inside your home. In that case give us a call.
by Jason Arruda
Mar 01, 2020 12:24:17 pm.

Well it’s North Ga today. Seeing clients in Buford, Gainesville, Blue Ridge, Blairsville and Hiawassee Ga.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 27, 2020 11:30:35 am.

Rainy days mean animals like to stay in. If you are hearing noises in your attic on this rainy day it could be more than rain.
by Dean Scott
Feb 13, 2020 09:27:56 am.

Going to Bainbridge Ga today for quotes for exclusions. Bats, rats and gray squirrels.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 23, 2020 11:05:03 am.

Excited to be at the Athens pest control conference this week. Let’s talk about wildlife and what services we provide to help.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 06, 2020 11:57:03 am.

New Blog Post: Happy New Year!
by Webmaster
Dec 31, 2019 11:39:15 am.

Want to put a stop to those pesky critters getting in your home for good? We can do that!!
by Jason Arruda
Dec 30, 2019 12:14:14 pm.

Heard it all. Squirrels in my attic, scratching noises in my attic, attic noises, animals partying in my attic, then there’s the crawlspace. Rats in my crawlspace, opossum in my crawlspace and there’s something dead in my crawlspace/attic.
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Dec 30, 2019 12:07:59 pm.

New Blog Post: Merry Christmas!
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Dec 24, 2019 11:07:00 am.

Just want to say. I’m so grateful for the relationships we have with the pest control companies in Georgia and Alabama and Tennessee. Thank you all for the referrals.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 19, 2019 01:01:20 pm.

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. Squirrels are busy this season as usual. I’m headed south to take a look at a commercial job in Macon for Bats. Yep bats their still hanging around with us despite the cooler temps. Have a good day.
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Dec 05, 2019 10:27:19 am.

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Dec 04, 2019 06:29:03 pm.

New Blog Post: Happy Thanksgiving!
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Nov 27, 2019 11:45:10 am.

Norway Rat Entry Hole into a House in Athens, Georgia
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Oct 23, 2019 11:59:32 am.

Havoc in you attic. Call us
by Jason Arruda
Oct 10, 2019 02:29:13 pm.

Having a blast down here in Tifton Ga at the GPCA Fall Conference meeting new clients. Glad to be in great relationships with the pest control industry.
by Jason Arruda
Oct 10, 2019 10:45:32 am.

Been a busy day in South Georgia today with attic noises and scratching noises in walls. Squirrels are here.
by Jason Arruda
Sep 19, 2019 02:34:56 pm.

Badly Contaminated Insulation in the Attic of a House in Athens, Georgia
by Webmaster
Sep 10, 2019 10:51:33 am.

Squirrel calls are coming in. Is your home protected? Call us for a free quote today.
by Jason Arruda
Sep 04, 2019 12:40:03 pm.

Out seeing clients today in Birmingham, Anniston, Leeds and Center Point Alabama. Having issues with Nuisance animals in your home or business call us for a free quote.
by Jason Arruda
Aug 29, 2019 12:14:08 pm.

Headed south to Vidalia,Ga for a bat exclusion quote. Nice day today with cooler temps. Going to be a busy fall.
by Jason Arruda
Aug 26, 2019 11:29:27 am.

Getting a little squirrelly in Georgia. We’ve seen babies already.
by Jason Arruda
Aug 01, 2019 09:54:09 am.

In Warner Robins this morning and sold a exclusion. Gonna be another happy customer. Now headed to Valdosta to see some clients.
by Jason Arruda
Jul 25, 2019 01:42:30 pm.

Down here on Lake Blackshear quoting a home with what was thought to be bats. After evaluating the home it turns out to be Chimney Swifts which can’t be relocated due to being a migratory bird. We’ll be back to cap flue when they’re gone.
by Jason Arruda
Jul 22, 2019 01:37:32 pm.

The Athens, Georgia office of Rid-A-Critter provides insulation replacement in Athens-Clarke, Greene, and parts of Barrow, Gwinnett, Hall, Banks, Jackson, and Oconee Counties in Georgia, including Athens, Auburn, Bogart, Commerce, Good Hope, Greensboro, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Watkinsville, and Winder. Your town not listed? Contact us.

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