If you have any holes in your roof, even if they are really small, your house is vulnerable to a pest infestation. Common attic pests like rats, rodents and bats are bad enough, but when you get larger ones in there, such as squirrels or raccoons, they’re more like unwelcome guests than mere pests. Let us take a look at some common pests, how to eliminate them, and furthermore, the way to prevent them from getting in in the first place.
Mice Do you hear scurrying when you are trying to fall asleep at night? If so, you likely have mice in your loft. Set some traps baited with peanut butter – a mousy favorite! Place the traps near walls – mice prefer to scurry along walls, brushing their whiskers against the borders, as opposed to venturing out in the open. Don’t forget to check the traps every few days – if you get one and do not remove it immediately, an odor will begin to permeate your attic and then your living quarters.
Rats Why? They’re just like mice. But they’re bigger, so they are scarier, and grosser. You’re not likely to need a rat making its way into your living quarters. The method to get rid of rats is basically the same as mice, except you need bigger traps.
Some people think squirrels are cute, but they’re not so cute to live with. If you think squirrels might have gained access to your attic, you may need expert help. Squirrels are tenacious little buggers. If you block the hole they came through, they might make another person, so in case you start spending every weekend fixing squirrel damage, it might be time to call in the pros.
Raccoons are the worst, because they’re huge, they make tons of noise and they do extensive damage. Unless you are an experienced woodsman, you’re likely to need help trapping these squatters and eliminating them for good.
Of course the best offense against critters in your attic is a fantastic defense – ensuring that they have no ingress to begin with. Holes as small as a dime may allow access to rodents as large as squirrels.
Ahead of the real cold weather hits, go up into your attic and check for any holes or cracks, which commonly can be found in flashing, near gutters or in rotting roof planks or fascia. Rips or holes in port screens are also a favorite entry technique.
While homeowners may safely tackle many home improvement jobs themselves, repairing holes in a roof can be particularly dangerous, on account of the potential hazard of falling off. If you see any holes or damage to your roof, it’s best to call Centurian to do the job. A roofing company can also inspect the remainder of your roof when they come out, checking for places which may be rotting or have suffered damage from water or falling tree branches.
Never ignore holes in your roof – always call an expert to make repairs before creatures begin calling your loft home.