Unwelcomed wildlife and pests often find their way into attics, which damages insulation with the urine and excrement as well as producing a rancid odor. These animals create an unsanitary environment and will become a health risk.
If you have unwanted wildlife in your attic, it is probably contaminated with their urine and feces which may carry many of the diseases described below. To protect your family from pests transmitting these diseases within your property, the following steps should be taken:
- Trap and remove rodent(s).
- Remove rodent feces & urine.
- Keep rodents out of your home.
- Remove rodent food sources.
- Clean up rodent infested areas. Attics will require the removal of the existing insulation, cleaning and replacing with new insulation.
- Vapor Barriers
The contamination of wildlife droppings increases the risk for harmful diseases including:
- Histoplasma capsulatum, a fungus which can cause lung disease in humans. Spores contained within the dust are inhaled into the lungs, severe cases can be fatal.
- Hantavirus, a virus from rat urine, saliva and feces. Humans may be infected with hantaviruses through urine, saliva or contact with rodent waste products. Some hantaviruses cause potentially fatal diseases in humans.
- Leptospirosis, a disease human infected through contact with water, food or soil contaminated with the urine of rats and mice or from direct contact with blood or tissue transmitted to water, food or soil.
- Murine Typhus, a disease transmitted to humans by rat fleas and feces.
- Salmonella, bacteria transmitted to humans by eating foods contaminated with animal feces.