9 Surprising Pests That Love Living In Your Insulation

Curious to know what types of critters love to mess around in your old insulation? Wondering what the mess in the attic is from, or what those scratching sounds in the walls could be? Is it time to call in the insulation experts?

Take a look at these 9 common insulation invaders from pest control seattle – some are expected, some are surprising, and some are downright alarming!

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Animals

What furry creature doesn’t love to cuddle in up a warm spot to snooze and munch on their favorite snack? Many animals love the warmth and dark damp environment of a crawl space, and especially an attic. The insulation there is viewed as bedding or food. Or both.

1. Mice

These little rodents love to get into your attic, wall cavities, and anywhere else that provides them with warmth, moisture, and access to a food source. Mice can slip through extremely small cracks and holes, and will rapidly make nests and reproduce in insulation. Their feces and urine can ruin insulation, so keeping your home well-sealed is extremely helpful in deterring these pests. As they are one of the most common insulation invades, we created an eBook to guide you through eradicating mice and other rodents from your home.

2. Squirrels

Squirrels love to squeeze beneath the eaves of your home and into the attic where they may burrow through the insulation to make their winter nests around warm pipes and furnaces. While hardly a threat to the safety of your house, the scratching and scrabbling noises may keep you awake, and their urine and feces can ruin your insulation and create an enormous mess.

3. Raccoons

These large rodents are definitely not an insulation invader that you want to deal with on your own. Raccoons can very quickly destroy your insulation and anything stored in your attic or crawl space. Raccoons carry diseases and ticks into your home, and they can can also have rabies. If you have a raccoon setting up its digs in your attic or crawl space, call an animal control center to have it removed.

4. Opossums

Opossums are unpleasant night-time creatures that love to make a cozy home for themselves in your insulation. In wintertime, their low activity can make them virtually undetectable, so listen carefully for tell-tale squeaks and scratches. Opossums often carry diseases, and they can turn your tidily insulated areas into disaster zones caused by the droppings they leave behind.

5. Bats

The terror of many, thanks to their fictional association with vampires and witches, these creatures produce a toxic defecation called guano, which carries diseases and attracts other pests, such as roaches. While not aggressive, bats can be difficult to eradicate because of their ability to squeeze through small spaces. Though they don’t necessarily love to get into your insulation, their presence within your insulation will force you to completely replace all the insulation in the areas they inhabited.

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Insect Invasions

Have you thought that only rodents enjoy invading your insulation? Not so. Insulation is just as frequently infested with a variety of insects as it is with small furry creatures. Here is just a sampling of some of the insects that love to live in your old insulation.

6. Bumblebees

Bumblebees are definitely one of the least alarming of stinging insects, generally being mild-mannered and lacking finesse in their flight. They do, however, love to make their nests out of dry materials — and insulation is on their list of preferred nesting materials.

7. Carpenter Ants

These insect pests can be found in residential interiors that provide them with a warm moist environment. They can inhabit plant-based insulation, fiberglass insulation, and the moist wood of crawlspaces or attics. Their propensity for boring into wood fibers can cause significant damage to your home.

8. Roaches

What’s better for a cockroach than finding a nice attic full of cozy insulation? Many homes that are not well-sealed and insulated properly will see an influx of cockroaches in the winter months. Unfortunately, cockroaches can spread disease, and their droppings and saliva can be a trigger for asthma attacks.

9. Silverfish

These prehistoric looking bugs generally live and breed in the least accessible parts of a building. They often live in and eat cellulose or plant based insulation. Infestations can quickly become severe — and incredibly unpleasant for the residents.

 

Sealing Your Home and Protecting Your Insulation

One of the best ways to ensure that your insulation and home are safe is by having a thoroughly sealed home. Our home sealing services can help to prevent the initial invasion of pests into the house, preventing costly cleaning and insulating projects to repair the damage.

There are types of insulation that help to deter invaders as well. Fiberglass tends to deter many rodents, and foam board does not generally provide an attraction for most insects. Cellulose, blue jean, and other plant based insulations seem to attract the most pests.

Closed cell spray foam insulation is the best at deterring insulation invaders. This insulation is sprayed in liquid form into all the nooks and crannies of a space, where it hardens, creating a tight air-seal. This seal not only prevents heat transfer through the air, but it also serves as a barrier to those pests that would seek to enter your home through cracks and holes.

Ensuring that your home is tightly and correctly sealed, as well as properly insulated with up-to-date insulation methods can help to ensure that your insulation remains insect and rodent free. To keep your home pest free visit pest control tacoma.

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