It's the time of year again when rodents invade homes and one of the main areas is crawlspaces. In this post one of our technicians shares his insights on the importance of cleaning after you have experienced a pest issue at home, or at work.
Westside Pest Control offers full attic and crawl space remediation, so if you think you might have an issue please reach out to us on 604-559-9060, we’d be glad to help out.
Why Are Pest Clean-ups Important?
- Pests carry diseases
Pests like rodents, pigeons and wildlife carry all sorts of germs and harmful diseases. A thorough clean with the right disinfectant solutions is very important.
Attic and crawlspace insulation has an R-Value. Higher the R-Value, the better less your furnace or air conditioner has to work. R-Value is as much improved by air in between fibers of insulation as it is by the overall thickness of the insulation. When rodents trail back and forth and soil the surface of the insulation it gets compressed and hardened, losing much of its R-Value. Lowering the R value creates a home that is more difficult and expensive to heat and cool
- Increase the value of your property
On top of saving on heating bills, the cost of a pest clean can pay back many times over if your home goes on the market. Looking to sell your house? One of the first places a licensed home inspector will look is the attic and/or crawl space. If clean, a pest free attic or crawl space will put many potential buyers minds at ease.
- Rodents and wildlife can leave behind an ugly mess
They can destroy valuable insulation and gnaw through wiring, both of which will need replacing. And not to mention, birds can also destroy the aesthetics of your building!
- Quick remediation for high-use storage areas
If your crawlspace is high usage, it’s important you have it inspected straight away. Diseases can spread on objects and materials which could easily move around your home.
- Even bird droppings can be harmful!
Bacteria found in pigeon droppings have been known to cause serious diseases including salmonella, meningitis, histoplasmosis and more.
Typical Places For Pests?
The usual locations pests hangout include attics, crawlspaces, drop ceiling voids, as well as larger spaces like furnace rooms, garages, storage units, and any exterior buildings such sheds. Our technicians can clean almost anything!
Our team can also clean exterior spaces such as high rise balconies that are often made a mess by nesting and roosting pigeons.
Can You Do It Yourself?
You can. But it’s not recommended.
You’ll need commercial grade disinfectant, a lot of off-the-shelf products are not meant for pest-related disinfecting. You’ll also need to wear full safety gear, using a hazmat suit.
And bear in mind, if you haven’t done it before, you might not be able to locate all traces of pests spoils. That’s where our experience really shines!
What’s included in a Clean-Up Service?
A typical pest clean-up would include 6 phases;
- Prep the entrance area to eliminate contamination of adjoining rooms/areas of the structure.
- Bag and remove all large pest related debris from the space.
- Remove all small pest related debris including guano, droppings etc with a safe specialized hepa filtered vacuum.
- De-sanitize the entire crawlspace, using effective, eco-friendly cleaning agents.
- Re-insulate space using batt or blown in insulation.
- Re-organise space back to original layout
We Can Help
Our team of pest technicians have years of experience in pest related clean-ups. The clean-up service includes full attic and crawl space remediation including re-insulation. Yes, we not only clean up attics and crawl spaces but we also re-insulate them using batt insulation or blown-in insulation to an R-value of R40-R60.
Let us help you get your space disinfected and back in business!
For some samples of our work check out our Pest Clean-ups page. Or call 604-559-9060 for immediate assistance.