Improve both your Perth home’s roof insulation and health of your house by fixing rodent insulation damage
Roof Insulation- Health Hazard
Generations of rats living, breeding, and dying in your Roof Space will cause health issues.
Perth Home Owners are now discovering why they are Sick and can’t get better!
Every year in Perth we are called in to remove smelly dead rats from roof spaces. 1 out of 5 homes has damaged insulation in the roof space from rotting rats over decades of pest control neglect that insulation removal and replacement is the only option.
We are often shocked at the health condition of the homes’ owners and their families who report to us that they have been unwell with respiratory and other issues for extended periods of time. We know from direct experience that removing the toxic, degraded insulation in the roof space can lead to a startling improvement in the health of all members living in that house.
If you think you might have rats, read on to find out what they are doing in your roof and why effective insulation removal is critical to saving your family thousands of dollars by avoiding costly damage to insulation, piping, and wiring.
Spotting rat droppings in your home? Hearing scratching in your roof? Well, you very likely have rats living in your roof.
This comes with many potential health risks. If the rats are nesting in your insulation their urine and feces can dry down and eventually become a cloud of fine dust that you can breathe in, causing you to become really sick. Getting your home inspected by a professional is the best option if you suspect you have a problem. Let’s face it, if you think you have rats in your roof you probably don’t want to go up into the roof and deal with them yourself – the smell will be disgusting and there is a high potential for dead and rotting rats to also be there. Hiring a professional is always your best bet, as they know how to deal with dead rodents safely.
Megatech professionals will handle the process from start to finish, ensuring your home is safe for you. We will even come back to do regular checks to ensure the rats stay away from the home and that you never have to go through a process like this again.
Book Today if you know for sure you have rats in your roof and want to get the problem dealt with ASAP.
Lack of Sleep and Stress
Let’s first talk about the obvious effects of having rats living in your attic: lack of sleep and emotional stress. Rats, like most rodents, are nocturnal, meaning they actively search for food under the cloak of night. When you lay down in bed after a long and exhausting day at work, you might hear the scampering of rat feet running throughout the attic. Rather than catching some much-needed sleep, you lie in bed staring at the alarm clock for hours on end.
There’s also a very real emotional stress that comes along with rat infestations in the attic. Even if you rarely see them, just knowing that you are sharing your home with these dirty rodents creates emotional stress.
Fire from chewed wires
You might be surprised to learn that rat infestations in the attic pose a serious fire risk. This is due to their ability and natural instinct to chew through anything in their way.
Some of the many things in your room that rats can chew through:
- wood or even electrical wires
- rats use their razor-sharp teeth to chew through just about anything.
If a rat happens to chew critical electrical wires, it may create a fire.
Disease and Illness
Homeowners with a rodent infestation should exercise extreme caution before handling rat droppings. Rat feces carries a number of potentially fatal diseases that spread to humans, usually by hand-to-mouth contact. To eliminate the risk of contracting viruses, rodent infestations and feces removal should be carried out by trained pest control companies.
What to look for: Rat droppings are blunt or pointed spindles of between 1.5 and 20cm in length and are dark in colour.
Now just to scare you a little into taking some action here are some of the potential diseases that Rats could be infecting your home with. This is more than a little scary but don’t worry as long as you get the house inspected and the problem fixed by a professional these health conditions will not have long-term effects, as long as everything is addressed fast.
Of course, rat infestations may also leave your family susceptible to disease and illness. Rats were responsible for transmitting the Bubonic Plague, which killed millions of Europeans, so don’t underestimate their potential. Some of the diseases and illnesses modern-day rats are known to carry include the following:
- Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome – Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, discovered in 1993, is a rare disease found in the United States. The potentially deadly virus transfers through rat urine and droppings. Aching, tiredness and a fever are early signs of an infection and the large muscle groups are most commonly affected. As the disease develops, headaches, nausea and vomiting are prevalent. The late symptoms of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome are coughing and shortness of breath that resembles being smothered by a pillow. Symptoms appear after one to five weeks of contact with rat feces and infections are often fatal.
- Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome – Hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome, or HFRS, is a global illness derived from the Seoul, Hantaan and Puumala viruses. Often found in Eastern Asia, HFRS transfers through the droppings, urine and saliva of rats. Unlike other diseases, HFRS passes from human to human although this is quite rare. Incubation takes 1 to 2 weeks and symptoms include violent headaches, abdominal pain, fever and blurred vision. Fatality rates can be as high as 15%.
- Salmonella – Salmonella infection usually results from ingestion of the bacteria from contaminated food, water or hands. Eggs, milk, meat or poultry are particularly high-risk foods. Fruit and vegetables may also be contaminated, especially if manure has been used as fertilizer. If a rat has walked over or been nibbling on your food or food preparation surfaces the disease can easily be spread. People may become infected if they transfer animal feces containing Salmonella bacteria from their hands to their mouths, for example, if eating after touching animals and failing to wash their hands.
- Tularemia – Tularemia is a rare bacterial disease that is usually acquired from handling infected animals, bites of infected ticks or deer flies or from contaminated food or water. In Australia, ringtail possums have been associated with human infection. Using insect repellent and wearing long sleeves, pants and socks and wearing gloves when handling dead animals can help prevent infection.
- Arenaviridae – Arenaviridae are a family of viruses transmitted through rat droppings and urine. Common diseases include Lassa fever and Brazilian hemorrhagic fever, which are specific to one particular species of rat in each case. Arenaviridae is particularly common in South America and has unique strains found in counties such as Bolivia, Venezuela and Argentina. Agricultural workers are often prone to viruses and in many instances, diseases pass from person to person by airborne transmission. Flu-like symptoms are common and some strains of the virus result in blood being found in human urine and stools.
- Leptospirosis – Leptospirosis transfers to humans when rat feces is cleared from wet or damp areas during an infestation. The rodent often urinates at the same time as it produces droppings, which results in cross-contamination of water and a greater risk of contracting multiple diseases. Symptoms include jaundice, rashes, abdominal pain and red eyes. Leptospirosis requires antibiotic treatments and the disease is often contracted by sewage workers, water sports enthusiasts and children.
DO NOT attempt to remove dropping on your own without extreme caution and the right protective gear. This is so important please call a professional such as Megatech Roof Insulation Solutions, this is the most effective way to ensure your health.
Rats typically transmit diseases through urine and droppings. When the sun goes down and family members go their bedrooms to sleep, rats will make their way down from the attic and into the kitchen where they scavenge for any available food. As they tear into your bread, cookie mix, muffin mix and other food products they leave behind small piles of feces along with pools of urine.
Note: it’s recommended that homeowners dealing with rat infestations place their food in sealed containers until the problem is resolved. This will help protect against transmitted disease while depriving rats of their food source. The plastic wrap of a typical loaf of bread isn’t enough to keep rats at bay. Instead, you need to place the bread in a long plastic container that’s fully sealed.
Contamination of Insulation
Another of the problems that rats can cause when it comes to insulation is that they will use the material as a latrine, and this is something that can be a big problem. It can be recognised by stains and small black pellets of feces in the material of the insulation. The real issue caused by this is that it has health implications, as there are diseases that can become airborne in rat feces that can then become a significant problem for those who go into the attic.
Insulation Damage and Nesting problems
- Issue # 1: Nesting Somewhere Else
- As a general rule, anything a rat or mouse can pull apart with its claws is at risk of becoming a nest. This means that if you choose bulk insulation that relies on glues to hold the fibers together, over time that glue will weaken and the insulation becomes inviting for tiny claws.
- Issue # 2: Nesting in Your Insulation
- Sometimes rats and mice don’t even bother carrying insulation away. If your insulation lets them crawl between the insulation and the floorboards, you’ve got the potential for trouble. This includes loose-fitting solutions like packing strap, wire or nails. If a rodent can get in there, they’ll snuggle and breed between the layers because it makes a delightfully cosy hideaway for them and their offspring. And, take our word for it, if a rat dies in the nest they’ve made under your home, you’ll smell it pretty quickly.
Blown insulation, also known as loose-fill or cellulose insulation, is an extremely popular form of attic insulation. However, it’s also a magnet for mice who love to burrow up in the material and settle in to avoid the elements outside. Getting rid of mice when you have blown insulation can be tedious, but it’s not impossible.
Rats will eat though EVERYTHING:
- support beams
- Air conditioning ducts
They can and will cause havoc throughout your roof space and home. If you think you might have rats call in someone right away because as shown below they can damage active water pipes and add water damage to your damages list.
Rodent-damaged insulation is common in many homes. However, more often than not homeowners do nothing about it and think replacing rodent-damaged insulation is too difficult or too expensive. However the opposite is true; in fact, from a health standpoint, you probably can’t afford not to replace the insulation.
Wire damage can cost a fortune as you will need it all to be rewired before new insulation can be installed, as wire damage can cause fires if left unfixed. And of course, since they are often nesting in your insulation the rodents are ripping it apart and ruining it, so it will need to be replaced.
The cleanup process
Cleaning up rodent-damaged insulation is not just rolling it up and putting it in a bag. There’s a process you must follow to clean up the insulation. The process for our cleanup procedures looks something like the following:
- Remove and bag all soiled insulation
- Repeat step 1 to the newly exposed top of the drywall
- Vacuum from the top of the drywall all the newly wet droppings (We use an asbestos style vacuum with the highest filter available)
- Replace area with new insulation
- Lay baits to prevent rats from returning
- Optional odour absorbent spray for particularly bad infestations that leave a lingering odour
During this process, the area is well ventilated and our service people wear full disposable suits, gloves, booties, and full-face respirators.
The final product – safe and clean
The cleanup process is intense but the end result is not only new insulation but a healthy place for you to live. Not only will we remove the old, disgusting, nested-in, feces-filled insulation safely we will replace it with high-quality insulation.
Once the old insulation and the bulk of the feces and rubbish have been bagged up (to avoid potentially disease-riddled fibres from getting into the air) we will remove it from your premises and dispose of it responsibly. As for replacement insulation, we use Bradford Gold Ceiling bolts, which are Made in Australia for Australian conditions. Bradford Gold Hi-Performance Batts are made from glass wool, the world’s most popular insulation material. It is a highly cost-effective solution to rising energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions.
INSULATION BEFORE & AFTER
Use the slider to view the before and after of Megatec Roof Solutions quality insulation installation and removal services
Rodent damage – Removal of damaged and soiled insulation to be replaced with new and high-quality insulation batts.
Dead rat removal – when rats get into your roofs insulation they breed, nest and die in your roof. We work fast and safely to remove all dead rats from your roof, replacing the insulation.
View Reviews from happy, rat free customers
“I found these guys after reading a forum about insulation removal. They were the most recommended company on the forum because of there honesty, integrity and workmanship. I can now add that I 100% agree with what others said about Megatec roof insulation solutions.”
“My partner and I spend hours researching insulation removal companies that can also deal with possums and rodent issues and were 100% satisfied that we chose the right one. Thanks Chantal, Dan and the crew for your thorough service. We needed the 400 square meter soiled “blow in” insulation to be sucked out within a couple of days before roof renovations. Was no problem for these guys. They were quick and tidy leaving no mess. Even having Colin come over and have a business minded chat was great. All the best with the new venture” .
“Was very happy with the services I received from Megatec roof Insulation. They were fast, affordable and more importantly efficient. Dan and Tanner explained the process, including the possum proofing and gutter guard installation, what to expect from the new insulation and the performance is everything they said it would be. We will recommend MRIS to anyone”.
“I highly recommend Megatec Roof Insulation solutions, I had them remove the old messy batts, vacuum the attic and install new hypogenic batts, and they did an excellent job, they did everything in one day and were reasonably priced. From the booking with Chantal and Dan and his crew was easy to work with, if u want insulation ring them for a quote first. Great job mate.”
“The Best experience I’ve ever had with a tradesman. Honest, reliable, competitive pricing. Dan has helped me with my own personal issues regarding dodgy work from tradesmen in the past, even fixed a leaking roof section. His honesty and service was second to none and am more than willing to recommend MRIS as a fair dinkum business.”
“After a fantastic job and compliments from my ceiling fixer, electrician and air condition guy I had to jump on board and say that Megatec Insulation Solutions did a very professional job.”
“Many thanks to Dan and his crew for the excellent and extremely cost-effective removal of old stinky formaldehyde insulation and installing new of Bradfords Gold batts R4.1 the other day. Definitely a lot better than the $7,500 quote I received from some other installer, which I promptly consigned to the rubbish bin. They were on time and done in a day as promised. The difference is not unnoticed. House feels cosy again. Im getting them back to do the same to my rental in Freo and I know that they will do another superb job. Peace of mind guaranteed. Thanks MRIS.”
“I was reluctant at first to remove my old blown-in insulation because I read on the Internet that some companies charge $6000+. These guys did the job much cheaper and overall I was happy with the end result.”
“Thanks to Tanner & crew, thanks for the efficient and no hassle job you did removing the old Wool and installing the new Bradfords batts. We liked that Dan is truly knowledgeable regarding the pest problem and the insulation. Thanks for spending the time going through all the pros and cons of all the different insulation types. Thanks for getting rid of the rats in the roof, my wife can sleep in peace now.”
“Megatec roof insulation solutions was great to deal with. I recently had the cellulose vacuumed/ removed and new batts replaced in my roof. The house is already cooler! Dan was quick to respond, was on time, spend time assessing the roof work, quote and came in under half of the other ridiculous quotes I received! I work away however, organising the job was completely hassle free. Tanner the crew lead even went as far as to remove some extra insulation that was over the garage, free of charge. Highly recommend these guys. Reliable, efficient, tidy and reasonably priced. All the things we need and expect in a tradesman! ”
“Employing the services of MRIS was the best thing we ever did. Not only has the new insulation made such a positive impact on our home, but I cannot speak highly enough of the service that they provided. They were punctual, reliable and honest which are qualities many companies lack these days. They gave us an excellent price, quality service and Dan and his staff worked extremely hard to finish the job in incredible heat. I can also say the possums has also not come back after the possum proofing they did. I cannot recommend them highly enough.”
“Megatec Insulation are an excellent example of a business which show true professionalism in the trade industry. Not only did MRIS show up on time, quote a competitive price, communicate the entire process of insulation removal & install works to me, but were also highly informative, honest and did a fantastic job. We had our old cellulose insulation removed and installed Bradfords insulation which was recommended. I noticed the difference straight away and have since avoided running our A/C all day. Initially we were running our a/c for 8 hrs during the day with the old blown in insulation but now only run it for 1hr. I have since climbed into my roof cavity to store a few household items and am always impressed at how neat the insulation was installed. can’t recommend these guys enough.”
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