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Rodent Proof your roof and attic!

Posted on April 21, 2013 at 11:51 PM
Mother and baby raccoons
Mother and baby raccoons
Once a litter of baby racoons are born, it can take up to 4 months for them to leave the nest, duirng which time they reak havic on your attic and draw many parasites, especially fleas.
Black Snakes inhabiting an attic
Black Snakes inhabiting an attic
Snakes often drop from trees and enter your attic through open voids in your roof, as small as 3/4". Snakes see out shelter and follow prey which may be nesting in your attic.
Hornet nest in the roof of an attic
Hornet nest in the roof of an attic
This nest has an opening from the roof top most likely under loose shingles or a hole caused from any number of concerns you may be faced with from an aging roof.
Opposum family nest in an attic
Opposum family nest in an attic
This mother opposum found its way into an attic & gave birth to her young in the insullation. During the period before the young leave the nest, there is ample time for feces deposits, drawing in worms, maggots, fleas and other parasites.
Plastic Sewer Vent Pipe Flashing
Plastic Sewer Vent Pipe Flashing
Compromised by a roof rat or squirrel, this void allows entry to a dry, warm, safe haven. Additionally, a major leak is now presented and damage is occuring further into the home interior.
Bats in the attic sleeping
Bats in the attic sleeping
A colony of bats has made its way into this attic and return to the same spot each day to rest, as bats are nocturnal. Bats and bat guano carry many diseases and produce a very foul smell.
 
Its that time of year for rodents to be on the move. With spring coming, nesting areas will be sought out, and your attic is a prime target for rodents to move in to and raise their young.
 
In our many years of experience, we have seen even the smallest entry areas become a gateway for rodents such as bats, roof rats, raccoons, squirrels, and opossums. Even bees, wasps, hornets, birds, snakes, and spiders will be looking for a dry, warm shelter from the spring rains.
 
The most effective way to take preventative measures against rodent infestation is to have your annual roof inspection completed. Measures which should be taken include checking all roof protrusions, such as vent pipes, chimneys, and furnace flues, for adequate seals.
 
Roof rats destroy everything; wiring, insullation, wood, shingles, plumbing, etc.  They will enter your home interior and carry infectious diseases.A roof inspection should also include a thorough check under all soffits and eaves to ensure the areas remain in tact and show no signs of open voids. The bottom of roof ridges, siding, and also trim boards should be looked over as well for structural integrity.  The large roof fields should be inspected for any damage that may have been caused by tree limbs or storms.
 
For more in depth information on rodent proofing, rodent types, and rodent disease / parasites, simply visit our rodent proofing page using this link:  http://www.leakyroofs.com/Rodent-Proofing.html.  If you have a rodent concern, will will be here to assist you with the correct extraction service and work along side them to correct and close off the entry points to your home interior.
 
 

Categories: Annual Roof Inspection, Gutter Cleaning, Inspections, Moss Control, Rodent Proofing, roof integrity, Roof Leaks, Storm Inspection

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Reply Elastomeric Coatings
10:50 AM on September 24, 2013 
Great this article is quite awesome. :-)