Whether you’re an animal lover or not, you probably don’t want them places they’re not supposed to be. Some are cute, some are creepy, but they all make a mess when they get in your attic. Spring is a time when families venture out to find new homes, and some might be creeping around in yours right now. Let’s talk about how and why to pest proof your roof.
Why Pest Proof Your Roof
Common attic and household pests include the following:
- Mice and rats
- Crawling insects like ants, fleas and cockroaches
- Wood destroying termites
- Stinging insects like wasps, yellow jackets and bees
If you already have an intruder, how you get rid of it depends on the extent of your infestation and the type of pest you’re dealing with. Prevention is always best.
Animals like squirrels, mice and rats chew holes in your walls, your insulation, wiring and anything you have stored in your attic. You’d hate to unpack a box of stored family heirlooms to find it full of shredded materials and droppings. Termites can rapidly munch through structural supports and leave you with expensive damage.
Wasps and yellow jackets are mostly just a pain to deal with, but bees can build hives that extend far into walls. You’ll need an experienced beekeeper for removal. Not only is insecticide unlikely to take care of the problem, bee lives are important. Careful removal saves pollinators.
Pest Prevention Techniques
Conduct a careful inspection of your home’s exterior this week. Look for anywhere a pest can get in. Insects can get through holes almost too small to see, and larger pests will destroy building materials to get inside. During your inspection, check for entrance points around dormers, damaged flashing, vents and areas where siding and soffits meet. Anywhere there’s a seam, your home is more vulnerable. Sometimes seals degrade, other times pests peel them away. If you see droppings, scratches in paint, nibbled wood or wear from traffic, you’ve got a problem.
Cover outdoor vents with wire screen so air can get through but critters can’t. Cover vents that lead to the attic and also soffit vents.
Add a chimney cap that’s animal proof. Before you do, check to make sure no birds or squirrels have recently gotten inside.
If you found holes in siding and soffit, patch them. Call a roofing expert if there are holes in your roof or shingles.
You probably don’t store food in your roof or on your attic, but it might be attracting pests if it’s in other places. If your kids eat in the back yard, make sure they always dispose of leftovers in a secure container. If you have fruit trees or berry bushes, don’t leave fruit that drops on the ground or your rooftop to rot. Those pecans, acorns and walnuts that fall in your gutters make your attic look like a bed and breakfast to mice and squirrels.
Feed your pets at mealtime, then put food away so their meals aren’t a temptation for raccoons, birds and other intruders. Cut back branches so squirrels and insects can’t travel along them and jump easily onto your shingles.
If pests have made themselves at home on your roof, we can help repair the damage they’ve caused. Call for a free roof repair estimate today.