Investigate evidence of rodents in crawl space and attic.
Tasks and Notes
Given the proximity of the wooded backyard area and the backyard chickens, we suspect rats are going to be an ongoing battle. The ripped up and pulled out insulation in the crawl space (where they like to nest) and droppings are evidence of past rodent intrusion. It is unclear whether there are still rodents in the crawl space, but all the rodent traps we saw in the crawl space had been tripped without catching anything.
The attic also has what appears to be a trapping device and/or poison. We recommend consulting a pest control specialist to ensure you have adequate safeguards in place to prevent ongoing intrusion.
Once the infestation is certified cleared, we recommend reinstalling the damaged insulation to ensure energy efficiency in the house does not suffer.
If Not Addressed
A heavy rat infestation in the crawl space will lead to extensive insulation damage and hazardous conditions from their waste that could require replacing all the insulation and moisture barrier.
They also carry diseases that could affect the chickens, and in extreme situations they directly prey on young chickens.
We estimate total cost for this project will be about $400-$900. The rodent remediation could cost anywhere from $200-$500 based on the extent and duration of professional treatment required. We estimate $150-$250 labor costs for reinstalling the damaged insulation, along with $50-$150 material costs. These costs will fluctuate based on the actual conditions encountered. Request quotes from at least 3 professionals.Mark as complete