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Cleaning Your Loft After a Rat Infestation

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How To Clean Your Loft After a Rat Infestation: A Comprehensive Guide

Dealing with a rat infestation in your loft can be unsettling and requires thorough cleaning to ensure your home is safe and free from contamination. When facing this situation, homeowners often weigh the pros and cons of tackling the cleanup themselves versus hiring a professional service.

Here’s a guide to help you decide which approach is best for cleaning your loft after a rat infestation.

DIY Approach


  1. Cost Savings: Cleaning your loft yourself can save money compared to hiring a professional service.

  2. Immediate Action: You can start cleaning as soon as you notice the infestation, reducing potential damage and health risks.

  3. Control Over Process: You have control over the cleaning process and can ensure thoroughness according to your standards.

  4. Learning Experience: It can be a learning opportunity to understand how to prevent future infestations and maintain your loft’s cleanliness.


  1. Health Risks: Handling rat droppings, urine, and nesting materials can expose you to diseases such as leptospirosis and hantavirus.

  2. Safety Concerns: DIY cleaning may involve climbing into confined spaces and using potentially hazardous chemicals without proper training or equipment.

  3. Effectiveness: Inexperienced cleaning may leave behind traces of contamination or miss hidden areas where rats may have nested.

  4. Time and Effort: Cleaning a rat-infested loft thoroughly can be time-consuming and physically demanding.

Hiring a Professional Service


  1. Expertise and Experience: Professional services have trained technicians who specialize in dealing with pest infestations, ensuring thorough and effective cleanup.

  2. Safety: Professionals use proper protective gear, equipment, and disinfectants to minimize health risks associated with rat droppings and contaminants.

  3. Comprehensive Cleanup: They have access to specialized tools and methods to clean hard-to-reach areas and ensure all traces of infestation are removed.

  4. Peace of Mind: You can rest assured that the loft will be cleaned to a high standard, reducing the risk of future infestations.


  1. Cost: Hiring a professional service is typically more expensive than DIY cleaning, especially for extensive infestations.

  2. Scheduling: Availability of professional services may require scheduling in advance, potentially delaying immediate cleanup.

  3. Less Control: You may have less control over the cleaning process and techniques used compared to doing it yourself.

  4. Dependency: Relying on professionals may lead to a dependency on external services for routine maintenance and cleanup.

Choosing the Right Approach

When deciding whether to clean your loft after a rat infestation yourself or hire a professional service, consider the severity of the infestation, your experience with cleaning hazardous materials, and your comfort level with DIY tasks. If the infestation is significant or if you have concerns about your health and safety, hiring a professional service is recommended to ensure thorough and safe cleanup.

On the other hand, if you choose to tackle the cleanup yourself, prioritize safety by wearing appropriate protective gear and using effective cleaning methods and disinfectants. Regularly monitor your loft for signs of re-infestation and take preventive measures to seal entry points and maintain cleanliness.

Whether you opt for DIY cleaning or professional services, the goal is to restore your loft to a clean and safe environment for you and your family. Evaluate your options carefully and choose the approach that best fits your needs and circumstances.

Latest 5 star Google customer reviews
Peter Roberts
1 month ago

I highly recommend these guys who recently helped us clear and clean out our loft in Newcastle after we had rodents in. They removed old junk and the old insulation then cleaned up the rodent droppings and hoovered the loft out. They were very friendly, made sure no dust and dirt got into our home and cleaned up after themselves. We are elderly people so we couldn't do this but they did everything in half a day. We tried all over to get someone to do the works for us but these guys were the only ones to come out and give us a qoute. Would use again if we ever have another rodent problem.

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alan young
2 months ago

Great job by these guys.
Emptied all the old insulation out of our loft.
Would highly recommend.

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Jackie Marie Townsend
21 days ago

We used this company a couple of days ago and are really impressed with the overall service provided. The lads were here almost 4 and a half hours completely clearing the loft and cleaning it afterwards. They used coverings on the stairs and landing to keep the carpet clean. Our loft looks like a new loft now and we didn't realise just how big it is with all the rubbish removed. Great set of lads, would highly recommend this company. 👍

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Louise McInnes
21 days ago

Fantastic service by the team of lads that came to remove my old insulation. They also removed old wood that was there at a very reasonable price and made sure there was no mess. Turned up when they said they would, very polite and professional. Would definitely recommend.

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Keeping your loft clean and organized is crucial for maintaining a healthy and efficient home environment. Our professional loft cleaning services are designed to address all your attic cleaning needs, ensuring a pristine and clutter-free space.

Our experienced team is committed to delivering top-notch service with meticulous attention to detail.

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