If you are a homeowner, the odds are that you have heard some questionable noises coming from your attic. Luckily, most of the time it is just your mind playing tricks on you — but it is also not uncommon to find some uninvited guests in your attic. Of course what we are talking about is rodents like squirrels, mice, rats, and chipmunks — not to mention the occasional bat or two.
As a residential roofing company, we know a thing or two about attic infestations — and while we are unable to help you remove pests when your attic has become infested, we can secure your roof to make sure that another infestation does not happen in the future.
Continue reading to learn more about how pests get into your attic via the roof, as well as how roof repairs from our residential roofing company can help keep pests out in the future.
How Are Pests Getting In My Attic?
As a homeowner, it can be rather perplexing when you are trying to figure out how an animal got into your attic. And no, it did not sneak past you in your home to get there. Below, we have made a short list of some of the more common ways that pests can get into your attic via the roof.
Roof vents are one of the most common ways that a pest like a squirrel might enter your home. Typically, roof vents emit warmer air than the outdoor air temperature — making them a prime target for a rodent seeking shelter and warmth. Once they are in your attic, they might find a hole, or create a hole, in the vent to gain access to your attic.
The edge of your roof does not (or should not) have any openings. So how is the roof edge an entry point?
The roof edge sits closest to the gutter, meaning that over time water and ice can build up — soaking the wood and making it degrade at a faster rate than the rest of the roof. Once the roof has begun degrading, it is easier for rodents to chew their way into the warmth of your attic.
The roof-soffit intersections are the point where two angles of the roof meet at an intersection. If the roof was built poorly, the intersections might fail to be flush — meaning that a rodent like a squirrel can gain access to your attic with minimal trouble. Other signs of roof-soffit failure include leaks and roof decay.
Gable Vents & Wall Vents
Gable vents are installed on the exterior of homes to help promote airflow in attics and wall vents are installed to expel air from the inside of the house. While each vent serves a different function, they are both potential entry points for rodents into your home.
Contact Us For Roof Repair & Rodent Exclusion
If you find rodents in your attic there are two things that you need to do. First, get in touch with a local pest control provider and get the rodent problem taken care of. Second, contact us at Nice Shingles Roofing & Exteriors. Our team of professional residential roof contractors and roof repair specialists will inspect your roof, identify the potential entry points and make the repairs needed to keep your home pest-free.
Contact our residential roofing company today to get a free roof repair estimate!