You may think there’s no activity going on in your attic or crawl space. After all, there’s nothing up there but your (or your grandfather’s) old teddy bears, toys, keepsakes and other “collectibles.”
But an attic/crawl space actually can be a very busy place: rodents love attics, particularly the fiberglass insulation now used in homes today and placed in the attic or crawl space just below your home’s room.
What’s more, squirrels, chipmunks, even bats also love attics and the old insulation. It’s so warm and pieces of it make a great addition for a nest. It’s so easy to chew on and break into pieces. So easy to move from place to place.
In addition, rats and other vermin leave dropping behind. Lots of droppings. Scat that can be full of pathogens. Some of which can turn airborne.
That’s why it’s wise to take a peek at your attic every now and then (at least every two years; more often is better), to see what’s living (has been living) up there.
Even if you don’t have rodents in your attic, you should check out your insulation to determine its condition: you may need to add and/or replace worn insulation, otherwise you’re losing money in increased heating and cooling bills.
Of course, one of the biggest problems with cluttered attics is that they provide an excellent habitat for rodents and other pests, including squirrels and even bats. The many safety issues tell the average homeowner that they should clean out their attic at least every couple of years.
Another reason for an attic clean out is the need to add insulation. If your attic does not have adequate insulation, you are losing dollars every day of every season. One of the biggest sources of energy inefficiencies in the home is inadequate insulation. This is especially the case in attics.
Whether you have treasures that justify calling a television camera crew in or have simply accumulated a lot of junk, an attic clean out can make your home safer and even save you money.
Attic Clean outs should be done if:
- There are signs of an advanced rodent infestation
- Nuisance wildlife has been an issue (Past or present)
- Evidence of bats (Guano)
- Inadequate insulation is currently in place
- Existing insulation is wet or moldy
- There are rodent droppings
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