How do you know if you have a mouse or rat infestation in your home? You might hear their trademark scratching and chattering in your walls or above your head at night. Or you could find droppings – small ones behind your silverware drawer or larger ones in the corners of your attic. Whatever it is, you can count on Arrow Exterminators to offer rodent control and extermination to get your home back to being pest-free. Unfortunately, that might not be the end of the story. A rat or mouse exterminator can eradicate a rodent infestation, but if the rodents make their way into your home’s insulation, they can create costly and detrimental damage we can’t cover.
What is the relationship between rodents and insulation, and how can you protect your home from these pests? Keep reading to answer both these questions and learn how Arrow Exterminators can help homes around Broken Arrow OK today!
Do Rodents Like Insulation?
When rats or mice infest a house, they’re looking for food and shelter – much like any other living thing. And when they get into your walls or up in your attic, they find both these qualifications in your home’s insulation. Fiberglass batting is the most common form of insulation in homes across Oklahoma, and they’re also the most rodent-friendly. The material is soft and warm, making it easy to tunnel through and even easier to tear and eat or use for nesting materials. It’s a comfortable home for any rodent, and even after an exterminator clears them out the damage they leave lingers.
You can’t repair damaged insulation. The only real option is to call a home service professional to replace the infected material. And it’s important to leave this task to an expert, as rodent dropping potentially contain traces of Hantavirus. Improperly handling these potential contaminates will spread particles into the air, where they can infect vulnerable parties to this deadly disease. An insulation professional will know how to work with both their own care and that of you and your home in mind.
Keeping Rodents Out of Your Insulation
There is no form of insulation that is completely rodent-proof. Boric-treated cellulose can prevent other, smaller insects, but the concentration of the chemical is not strong enough to kill larger pests. If you really want to keep rodents out of your insulation, the best course of action is to keep them from getting into your house in the first place. Arrow Exterminators specializes in wildlife exclusion, which is the process of finding and addressing points of vulnerability around your property. We can cover and fill gaps and other spaces where rats and mice could potentially get in, leaving your home clean and your peace of mind secure. At Arrow Exterminators we focus on taking care of your home on an ongoing basis, making sure you’re pest-free all year long. Contact us today to learn more!