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5 Most Common Types of Pests and How to Keep Them Away from Your Roof

5 Most Common Types of Pests and How to Keep Them Away from Your Roof

Do you hear scratching coming from your roof at all hours of the day? Chances are, a pest could’ve taken up residence in there.

If this is the case, you definitely want to keep them out. Here are 5 types of pests you might find in your roof and how to keep them out.

1. Termites

When it comes to pests in your home, “termite” is the last word you want to hear. Termites are small insects that eat wood.

When you have a termite infestation in your home, they can cause huge damage to your home’s structure. A termite colony could have as many as a million termites at a time. That’s enough termites to get through a pound of wood in a day!

Having termites in your roof could cause a huge amount of damage to your roof’s structure. If you suspect you have termites in there, you need to contact an exterminator as soon as possible.

2. Mice or Rats

Mice and rats have a very powerful sense of smell, meaning they’re attracted to even the smallest amount of food left out in your home. Rats are a nuisance to homeowners because they can cause significant amounts of damage to your home.

If they get into your roof, they’ll chew through things like PVC pipes and electrical cables. With a smaller mouse or rat problem, you can catch them with traps. For bigger problems, you might need to call in a professional exterminator.

3. Birds

Birds are nest-making animals and sometimes, they’ll see your roof as a great place to settle down. When birds nest in your roof, not only could it cause damage to your home, but it might also cause a noise nuisance.

Thankfully, deterring birds from nesting in your roof is often quite easy. A plastic owl hung up in the right location is usually enough to scare most birds away from your property.

4. Squirrels

Squirrels can be a nuisance to homeowners because of their tenacity and tendency for destroying things by gnawing on them. If you hear scuttling, chattering, and squeaking coming from your roof, chances are, a squirrel has found its way in there.

Fortunately, there are a few methods available to you to convince a squirrel to move on. For example, you might try to deter them by using flashing strobe lights or an ultrasonic device. In some cases, even just playing a radio near them is enough to convince them to move on.

5. Raccoons

If there’s a raccoon in your roof, you probably have more than one. Often, mother raccoons will pick your roof as a place to raise their young.

Not only does this mean you need to remove more than one animal from the roof, but you also might have to deal with an aggressive mother. You could try removing any adult raccoons by using a snare pole to drag it outside.

Make sure you also remove any of the young from the attic. If you don’t, the mother may end up coming back or the babies may starve to death.

Keep Out All Types of Pests

The best way to deal with all types of pests is to not allow them to get there in the first place. When you work with a professional roofing company, you can get a roof that’s all but inaccessible to the majority of pests.

Need a roof inspection? Then get in touch with us today.

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