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Attics, crawlspaces, and pests...oh my!

You may not think much about your home’s attic or crawlspace until you need to access it – but perhaps you should be thinking about it more. Outside of old family photo albums, holiday decorations, and your high school letterman jacket, what else could be hiding in your attic or crawlspace? These undisturbed areas are a favorite of pests of all types.

Pests in the attic

Pests such as mice, rats, raccoons, birds, cockroaches, ants, spiders, silverfish, stinging pests, book mites, termites and more can take up residence in your attic or crawlspace, unbeknownst to you. They like these areas because they often offer all the comforts of home without the disruption of pesky humans. There’s warmth, along with plentiful sources of food, moisture, and nesting material.

Pests can cause extensive damage when they invade attics and crawlspaces, contaminating insulation and damaging the structure of your home, wiring, and your belongings. When rodents and wildlife chew on wiring in these areas, it can also pose fire risks.

Health risks of pests in your home

Outside of the physical damages, pests living in your home can also create significant health risks for your family. Rodent and wildlife fur, droppings, and urine often contain dangerous pathogens that can impact your family’s health, as well as trigger allergies. Insects can make their way from these areas into your home and become a nuisance and carry health risks of their own.

Attic pests

Additional protections against pests

In select areas, Western Specialists can also perform TAP insulation services and provide an evaluation of your home’s R-value, which measures the insulation efficiency in your home. According to the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association, 90 percent of homes are under-insulated, costing homeowners extra dollars in wasted energy.

TAP insulation, which stands for Thermal, Acoustical, and Pest Control, increases your home’s energy efficiency and saves you money on heating and cooling bills, along with offering these other benefits, making it a great long-term investment for your home.*

  • Made of 87 percent recycled material
  • Reduces heat and cooling loss
  • Infused with borate, a pest control material that kills 13 different types of pests that make contact with it
  • Fire retardant
  • Resists mold and mildew
  • Absorbs sound and reduces exterior noise
  • Lifetime warranty

To learn more about attic and crawlspace inspections or TAP Insulation, speak with your Western Exterminator Specialist. 

Your Western Exterminator Specialist can perform an inspection of your attic or crawlspace for pest activity and provide valuable recommendations for keeping pests out. If you’re a Western Pestfree365 customer, these inspections will be part of your routine service. If you are not currently on this maintenance plan that includes coverage against more than 36 common pests, simply call us to schedule a service.

*Western Exterminator offers low-rate financing options for this service - call 888-674-2051 for more details.

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