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Wildlife On Your Roof: Is It A Problem?

Itís common to hear scratching and pitter-pattering on your roof every now and then. Maybe you hear wildlife noises coming from your roof and you ignore it, since you assume the animal will soon be on its merry way. But what if it doesnít leave? When does it become an issue of concern? If there are animals congregating on your roof, youíre going to find tracks, droppings, and damage done to your roof, and while that should be enough to take the issue seriously, there are far worse scenarios. Our word of advice: catch the problem (or the animal) before something even more unpleasant happens...

Why The Roof?

Animals such as birds, squirrels, rats, and raccoons gravitate toward roofs to build their nests, escape the elements, and hide from predators. There could also be resources for them -- for example, roofs and gutters are usually covered with leaves, twigs, and nuts from trees, which attract squirrels. Eaves and other architectural features can serve as shelter for animals. Tile roofs are particularly appealing to wildlife -- the gaps in the tile make spaces for animals to nest and -- donít panic! -- burrow their way into your attic.

Why Should I Be Concerned?

Another reason animals are scampering on your roof is because that's how they're entering your home! When an animal gets into your house and sets up shop in your attic, ceiling, or walls, chaos ensues. You'll find chewed wires, destroyed insulation, damage to your homeís structure, and as a result, biohazards and fire hazards.

What Should I Do?

Relax. There is a solution! First, know the common entry points in your home that could be letting the animals in. That includes:

  • Openings in siding or exterior cladding
  • Gaps of fascia or soffit
  • Open or uncapped chimneys
  • Openings at the ridge or ridge vent
  • Open windows or gable vents

Make sure these areas and any other points in your homeís exterior are properly sealed to prevent critters from creeping in. This task can be tricky and time-consuming, so donít hesitate to call AAA Pest & Wildlife for exterior perimeter inspections, carpentry and repair, humane trapping, and wildlife removal and exclusion services. Contact us today! Preventing an infestation is far better than suffering from the consequences. Fill out our contact form or call (215) 796-5177 to learn more about the ways we can keep wildlife off of your roof and out of your home!

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