Raccoons, squirrels, rodents, and other furry animals have been portrayed as cute and cuddly in popular movies and cartoons, but beware: these furry animals can cause some serious damage to your home. If you have any small opening in your roof, that’s all it takes to let in one of these critters. It’s important to take advantage of the seasons with calmer weather, like fall, to get your roof inspected, because these critters don’t mind putting in a little effort to claw through weakened shingles or previously damaged roofs to get ready for winter.
Finding shelter from rain and cold weather
Just like humans, animals and pests try to seek shelter and warmth during rain and cold weather. Many different animals seek shelter in residences across the nation, and depending on where you live, you’ll see more of one kind of animal than others in your area. College Station roofing can be home to an abundance of forest critters such as squirrels, rodents, raccoons, birds, and other animals. These animals are known for chewing and clawing their way through your roof. They usually will stay near the outer layers of your roof, but if they can get inside your attic they will make themselves at home! Once they are in your attic, getting them out can be difficult and usually involve live traps with baits that include fruit, peanut butter, nut, and seeds.
Making your roof squirrel-proof
Believe it or not, this seemingly cute and cuddly bucktooth animal can cause you a world of roofing trouble. Especially during cold months, squirrels, rodents, raccoons, and other critters can chew and burrow through weak or damaged shingles, and deteriorating trim board in your roof. So, how do we keep these critters away from our roof? Squirrels find ways into roofs because people inadvertently give them easy access through tree branches hanging over the roof. The Texas A&M Aggie Horticulture organization says “This can be solved by trimming tree limbs back at least 8-10 feet from the roof.”
Prevention is key
The National Humane Society says “Prevention methods not only keep animals out but protect homes from escalating damage.” Prevention is the key to battling squirrels, rodents, raccoons and other animals against roof damage. Ask Schulte about their College Station roofing inspections and they can tell you if your roof has any vulnerability to damage from animals and pests. Surprisingly, it doesn’t take much to let these vermin into your roof: “A raccoon can fit through a 4-inch hole; a squirrel, a 2-inch opening; and a mouse, a gap the size of a nickel.”
Get your Roof Inspected
We’ve all been there- you say you’ll get your roof checked out by a professional but life gets too busy. Let a professional College Station Roofing Company handle it for you, all you have to do is call them to schedule a free consultation. Let them know if you need to get your roof inspected for animal and pest prevention. Don’t wait until you have a family of squirrels living in your attic!