Animal Feces Cleanup And Removal In Merrimack
Trust SERVPRO to Decontaminate Your Merrimack Attic After Raccoon or Other Critter Presence
One of the attractions for visitors to New Hampshire is the variety of woods and wildlife throughout the state. For Merrimack homeowners, that same wildlife can cost them a lot if it gets into their home and tries to make it theirs as well.
Much of the damage is not physical destruction from chewing or nesting in Merrimack homes. Animal feces cleanup takes a large share of the hours a SERVPRO crew puts into the task. It also can result in the lion share of the costs.
If an animal nests in an attic, then it is a fairly simple matter to call animal control to have it removed. If caught quickly, then the raccoon, rodent or other creature has not had time to foul it with urine or feces. Unfortunately, homeowners don’t usually realize there is a problem until a new generation of pests is born in the insulation.
By this point, enough feces and urine have been dropped inside the attic to infest the insulation. The animal waste compresses the insulation, reducing the capability of it to keep the home cool in the summer. That means higher utility bills.
There is also the health concern for owners and residents. The Hantavirus can be present in rodent waste which causes lung damage and muscle aches. Histoplasmosis is another respiratory infection found in bat and bird feces that can be just as dangerous. Raccoon latrines are a treasure trove for Baylisascaris procyonis, a roundworm that can be harmful to people. These contaminated areas should be removed by SERVPRO technicians outfitted in PPE personal protection equipment and trained in biohazardous cleanup.
To remove these threats to our fellow residents and homeowners, our technicians start with disinfection. As they enter the attic, they spray an anti-bacterial agent across all surfaces to kill viruses. If there is a large number of feces and urine, each technician wears a breathing mask, rubber boots, and may put on a protective suit if needed, as noted above.
Next, they use a commercial vacuum attached to a long hose and a sealed bag to draw the contaminated insulation outside the home. Once technicians remove the majority of the insulation and feces, they go over the entire attic with long-handled scrapers to remove every trace of the material. When they remove all the material, they spray down the attic surfaces again with the anti-bacterial agent to kill any remaining threats.
At SERVPRO of Merrimack, our goal is to put you back inside your home the moment it is safe. If you can hear the steps of little critters overhead, call us today at (603) 262-9293 for an inspection. We are here for you.
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