Mother Nature isn’t so cute when your home is infested!
When the weather is chilly, critters like to seek shelter in the attic and roof spaces of homes. These uninvited guests can cause a lot homeowners a lot of grief. Critters can cause serious and expensive problems including damage to the roof, attic structure, and electrical wiring – which can cause fire dangers.
Worried about animal or insect infestation in your roof spaces? Know the entry points around your home that critters can use to creep in. Typical entry points include:
- Gaps or missing pieces of fascia or soffit
- Openings in exterior cladding or siding
- Open or cracked gable vents or window
- Openings at the ridge or ridge vent
- Open or uncapped chimneys
These locations and any additional openings around your house need to be properly sealed to prevent animals and insects from entering your home. If the top of your chimney is open, this allows birds to nest in the flue. To close this opening, simply install a chimney cap or have one installed for you by a roofing professional.
You should seek help from a roofing expert if you’ve noticed any of these signs of infestation:
- Scurrying and scratching sounds
- Gnaw marks on wood and electrical cables
- Animal droppings or urine stains
- Hives or nests present
Here are some tips to help keep your home critter-free:
- Inspect the exterior of the home to make sure any openings or gaps in the exterior cladding or siding are sealed
- Make sure all areas of the fascia and soffit are tight and sealed with no gaps or openings
- Cap or close off your chimney when not in use
- Take note of any new or odd animal behavior in your yard, like squirrels traveling across the roof or electrical wires
- Trim trees and surrounding foliage to prevent easy access to the roof
- Perform regular inspections of the attic areas
Spring is the perfect time for homeowners to start working on preventing or addressing infestation and maintenance after the long, cold winter. For help with keeping critters out of your home, contact the professionals at Solid Rock Roofing.