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Question DetailsAsked on 8/12/2013

Who can I call to clean up rat droppings in my attic after I get rid of the rats?

I closed up the access points into the attic from the roof. Now my attic insulation is covered in droppings along with burrows into the batting. There is likely dead rats up there as well. Help!

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You might consider whether this is worth an insurance claim - they can also help you locate remediation contractor(s).

A rodent control company is used to cleaning up dropping and removing nests, dead animals, etc. This may require lifting up all the batts to check for animals and nests, so maybe the thing to do it coordinate with an insulation contractor (to be sure insulation is replaced correctly) and have him arrange for a rodent control subcontractor to do the rodent vacuuming first, then assist with the insulation removal, with the rodent control man pulling up insulation and cleaning nests and such, and the insulation contractor replacing it as they work from end to end of the attic. You might find an insulation contractor who will do it all if you check with 10 or so.

Probably about 1/2 to 1 days work - more likely like the full day if typical 40-50 foot long by 25-35 feet wide attic. Therefore, probably about $500-800.

A handyman would probably do it for half that, but you would not be certain that the insulation would be replaced properly.

Make sure anyone who goes up there is aware that normally, the ceiling drywall is nailed on the bottom of the joists, so if you step on the open areas you will damage the ceiling and maybe fall through, so the only safe place to step is on the joists themselves, and to watch for any electric wires of HVAC ducts up there and not step on or pull them loose.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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