Insult to Insulation: Rats in Walls and Attics

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You should know by now the signs of a rodent infestation in the home. It could be that you find droppings, small and large, hidden in the corners of quiet areas or behind where you keep your food. Or maybe you notice scratching in the walls or above your head in the attic. Whatever the case, if you’re here you probably know that you can call the team at McNeely Pest Control to clear a rodent infestation in homes across the Northwest and Piedmont area. But if rats or mice got their way into the more vulnerable parts of your home, such as your insulation, you may be looking at a much more severe and costly problem.

How Rats Use Insulation

Mice and rats get inside our homes because they’re looking for something to eat and a place to make a nest. And for certain families, the insulation inside our homes provides a great source of both. Insulation is usually soft and warm. Because of this it’s very easy for rodents to tunnel through the material, or to bite it for food or to tear for their nest. So while it’s possible to clear a home of a rodent infestation, the damage they leave to your insulation is something that may far outlive their presence.

Can I Repair Damaged Insulation?

The unfortunate news is that you cannot repair insulation that has been damaged by rodent infestations. The only way to remedy the situation is to remove the existing insulation and reapply it. This is something that needs to be done by a professional contractor. We say this because rodent droppings may contain traces of Hantavirus, which can be potentially-life threatening. A home services expert will have the gear and experience to work with the leavings without spreading any toxins into the air.

As for your new insulation, there isn’t a material that’s been proven to be entirely rodent-resistant. We know that rats and mice are particularly drawn to fiberglass, but they’ll nest in nearly anything if given the chance. If that’s the case, what can you do to keep rodents out for good?

Rodent Exclusion Through McNeely Pest Control

Wildlife exclusion is a new method to get rid of pests before they even get inside. As you read this there may be parts of your home that are vulnerable to rats and mice. Luckily, there’s action you can take before you’re faced with an infestation. We can send a technician to your property, where they will inspect the area and pinpoint the exact places where pests can get in. They’ll cover these imperfections and leave your home safer and your mind at ease. That’s just what we do at McNeely Pest Control. To get started, contact us today!

The Benefits of Wildlife Exclusion

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If you want to find the most humane way to effectively and safely remove wildlife from your property and to keep them from returning, then animal exclusion is the way to go. We understand that when nuisance wildlife invades your home or business, it can be stressful. That’s why we here at McNeely Pest Control in Winston-Salem NC offer a wildlife control service that involves prevention, exclusion, and wildlife removal, creating worry-free protection for your family or employees and customers. Check out some frequently asked questions about why humane wildlife removal could work for you and steps to prevent wildlife from entering your property in the first place! 

Why Choose Humane Removal?

While searching for a safe home and place to raise their young, wildlife can unexpectedly nest in or on your property. A home or business creates safe spaces for them to find hiding places where they can nest undisturbed. Humane removal promotes animal welfare and environmental stabilization by removing nuisance wildlife from your property without harming the animal or the environment. As time goes on the animals around your property will be receptive and adaptive to the changes in their environment and will create new routines that help them safely thrive away from your property.

Benefits of Wildlife Exclusion

Wildlife exclusion is a process by which a pest control technician will inspect a property looking for possible entry points for animals and sealing them off to prevent future wildlife infestations. Removal is the first step in protecting your property, but without wildlife exclusion, animals will find their way back in and continue to be a nuisance. Let’s look at some of the long-term solutions to prevent wildlife infestations.

Our Wildlife Pest Control Process

Many DIY methods like chemical repellents or lethal traps are not only inhumane, they are also ineffective at ending the infestation as they don’t address the real problem of how these nuisance pests are getting onto your property. At McNeely Pest Control, our wildlife removal experts have the tools and expertise to effectively remove wildlife around your home and keep them out long term, whether they’ve snuck into your wall voids or are nesting in your yard. Our wildlife removal technicians will take the following steps to keep your home safe from wildlife:

  1. Our team will inspect your property, looking for evidence of wildlife and sources of infestation.
  2. We will place trapping systems and follow other exclusion methods to humanely remove and relocate any animals.
  3. We will provide continual wildlife management and post-treatment prevention tips to help you avoid future wildlife issues.

Long-Term Wildlife Control Solutions

For over 20 years, Mcneely Pest Control in Winston-Salem NC has provided humane removal of wildlife from local homes and businesses. When these pests do find their way onto your property, they can damage structures and landscapes and expose you to diseases through their saliva and waste. Our expert wildlife removal technicians will take the time to inspect your property and create a long-term solution so that these pests don’t become a nuisance while offering a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Contact us today for a free estimate for wildlife removal.