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Animal Hotel or Your Home? Keeping Your Roof Critter-Free



Have you ever heard a symphony of scratching and thumping coming from your attic at night? It might not be haunted (hopefully!), but rather furry or feathered guests who've decided your roof is the perfect vacation spot. While your roof protects you from the elements, it can unintentionally become a cozy haven for unexpected wildlife.


Rooftop Rendezvous: Who Likes Your Shingles?


Your roof can be a surprisingly attractive location for various wildlife. Raccoons, with their nimble paws and adventurous spirit, might explore your roof for warmth and shelter. Squirrels, those acrobatic rodents, could find your roof the ideal spot to build a cozy nest. Birds, searching for a safe haven to raise their young, might choose your roof as their prime nesting real estate. Even bats, while beneficial for insect control, can become a nuisance if they establish a colony in your attic.


The Trouble with Tenants: Why Critters Cause Chaos


Unfortunately, these animal guests can wreak havoc on your roof and your peace of mind. Their chewing, scratching, and burrowing can damage your roof shingles, soffits, vents, and insulation. These activities can also create openings that allow water to seep in, leading to leaks and potential mold growth. The pitter-patter of tiny feet or the thumping of larger animals can be disruptive and keep you awake at night. Perhaps most concerning, animal droppings can carry diseases and parasites that can be harmful to humans.


Eviction with Compassion: Humane Solutions


If you suspect you have unwanted animal guests, it's important to take action humanely. The first step is to identify the culprit. Look for signs of entry, droppings, or nesting materials to determine what kind of animal you're dealing with. Once you know how the animals are getting in, have a professional seal up any holes or gaps in your roof, soffits, or vents. Depending on the animal, there might be humane traps or exclusion techniques that a wildlife removal professional can employ to remove them from your home.


Keeping Your Roof Critter-Free: Prevention is Key


The best defense against animal tenants is a good offense. By being proactive and taking preventative measures, you can deter these unwanted guests and keep your roof a safe haven for you and your family. Schedule regular roof inspections to identify any potential entry points, and trim back tree branches that could provide animal access. Consider using deterrents like mesh screens, owl boxes, or ultrasonic repellents to discourage unwanted guests from settling in.


With a watchful eye, you can deter animals from your roof and keep your home safe. If you do spot any furry (or feathery) visitors, leave the eviction to the trained professionals at your local animal control office.


If you suspect that wildlife may have damaged your roof, call Watertight Roofing Services at 813-971-5404 to schedule a roof inspection. Our service technicians will identify any issues and recommend a course of action.

 

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