After the animal issue is resolved, there may be remediation of the den site needed in order to avoid diseases and contact with viruses that can come from animal droppings. Cleaning of a previously occupied area also reduces the chance of animals returning as the oils and scents left in your attic draw in new unwanted guests.
The remediation process involves removing the hazardous material, and filtering the air to remove all harmful bacteria 0.03 um (micrometers) and larger. The viruses we would be removing range from 90 to 1800 um (micrometers). After this process is complete an air quality test is performed to assure the area is safe.
If insulation is removed during the cleaning process we would then install new material. This process usually takes 2-5 days. Crawlspaces are also a common problem area for this process.
We can check if your homeowner’s insurance would cover this process.
Other reasons to remove animal fecal from areas include companies like HVAC or plumbing contractors unwilling to perform work in the area while contaminated and if you are selling or buying a home.
Baylisascaris procyonis is an intestinal roundworm commonly found in raccoon feces, with wide distribution across North America. The parasite can cause severe human neurological disease if ingested.
Histoplasmosis is an infection caused by breathing in the spores of a fungus often found in bird and bat droppings. The infection is most commonly spread when these spores are inhaled after taking to the air, such as during demolition or cleanup projects.
Salmonellosis. Accidental exposure may cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, and chills. Tularemia and leptospirosis are a few less common squirrel diseases.
Hantavirus. A virus of a genus carried by rodents and causing various febrile hemorrhagic diseases, often with kidney damage or failure.