Your Guide to Cleaning Up After Animal Infestations

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Nuisance wildlife breaking into residential properties is becoming an ever-increasing issue in southern Ontario. The more we encroach on wildlife habitats, the more common these conflicts will become. At Home Free Wildlife and Pest Removal, we know how important it is to deal with these wild intruders and restore your peace of mind. But the story doesn’t end with eviction; cleaning up after critters like squirrels, raccoons, skunks, bats, birds, and mice is a crucial part of the process. This comprehensive guide will explain why post-infestation cleanup matters and how to complete it efficiently and effectively.

1. Thorough Clean-up

Identify and Dispose

Once the wildlife has vacated the premises, thoroughly inspect your property. This should include the interior and exterior spaces since animals may have left evidence of their trespassing behind. Be on the lookout for feces, urine stains, nesting materials, food remnants, or damaged building materials. Disposing of these materials safely and permanently is an integral part of the cleanup process.

Disinfect and Decontaminate

Once the contaminants have been removed, it’s essential to disinfect and sanitize the affected spaces thoroughly. Proper cleaning protects you from the health hazards of wildlife infestations, like bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Utilize appropriate cleaning solutions that are specifically designed to eliminate bacteria, germs, and odours.

Eliminating Traces

A crucial aspect to remember during cleanup is that animals tend to follow the hormonal scents of their peers. Fail to eliminate those lingering scents, and you risk the possibility of recurring infestations. Investigate all nooks, crannies, and crawl spaces to ensure the removal of any lingering odours. Odor-neutralizing solutions can be invaluable in deterring any future would-be invaders.

2. Consider Replacing Insulation: Health and Energy Efficiency in One Package

Inspect and Assess

Undisturbed spaces like your attic are often ground zero for wildlife infestations. Since humans rarely frequent it, animals see it as a cozy retreat from the elements. This sanctuary often makes insulation the primary target for nesting, so scrutinize it for contamination, such as feces, urine, nesting material, or decomposing animals. As you can see in this video, an animal intrusion/infestation can lead to severe issues in your attic


Replacing Contaminated Insulation

If you discover tainted insulation, consider replacing it as soon as possible. Contaminated insulation can pose significant health hazards, mainly if the material hosts dangerous pathogens. In addition, replacing old, damaged insulation can provide an opportunity to upgrade your home’s energy efficiency, which translates into long-term savings on heating and cooling costs.

3. Avoid DIY Animal Control: Leave it to the Professionals

The Risks of DIY

As much as you may be tempted to take matters into your own hands, it’s crucial to understand the perils of DIY animal control. Without proper training and experience, attempting to tackle wildlife infestations can lead to property damage, injury, or even disease exposure. Moreover, amateur approaches often do not address the root cause of the problem, leading to recurring invasions.

Trusting the Experts

Professional pest removal services are your safest and most effective option for unwelcome wildlife guests. With expert knowledge, experience, and specialized equipment, they can provide humane and efficient solutions that protect you, your family, and your home.

Home-Free Wildlife, Your Local Wildlife Cleanup Experts

Home Free Wildlife and Pest Removal is your go-to partner in reclaiming your critter-free home. With over 30 years of local experience handling various wildlife species, we understand the importance of thorough cleanup, disinfection, and preventative measures to ensure a healthy living environment for you and your family. Together with our dedication to safety and the comfort of our clients, we’ll have your home back to normal in no time. Don’t hesitate – reach out today, and let’s make your post-infestation worries a thing of the past!


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