Rodents on the roof can quickly become a health hazard to occupants in the home, and larger rodents like raccoon and mice can cause structural damage, especially on wooden roofing shingles.
Larger rodents can also cut through more than the roofing alone. They can also target other areas in the home’s infrastructure, like the plumbing or electrical wires. Not only can this problem end up costing you hundreds and thousands in repairs, more than likely an electrical compromise means that there is some risk of fires being started. This is a very preventable problem when you detect rodents and pests early on the roofing.
Even smaller insects and pests like termites can create hazard, havoc, and make you feel utterly uncomfortable in your own home. Even more, you may feel very uncomfortable allowing other visitors in your home due to embarrassment. Having rodents in the home is usually a sign of poor hygiene and cleanup skills but this isn’t always the case. Call in a roofing contractor or pest control agency to see how effectively this issue can be tackled. Here are some tips:
Wash your roofs at least once per year, to get rid of seeds, food and other items that would likely attract pests. If you live in a location that’s frequented by pests, be sure to power wash the roof more than once per year. A quick cleanup with a bleach or non-acidic solution will likely do the trick. You can also use a garden hose to get the job done.
Birds – in consideration of birds, even though our fluffy and feathery friends are charming to hear in the morning time, or as the sun sets – that is if you’re a nature person, chances are their bird droppings will attract pests too. Be sure to ask a roofing company to install mesh shields and other solutions for keeping birds off the roof. Of course, there’s nothing really you can do about fly bys and this is inevitable. You can power wash your roof to remove the droppings. These residue are furthermore acidic in nature, and cause damage and early oxidation of the roofing.
Start Early – the sooner you detect a roofing system, the greater your chances of complete elimination. Pests are infamous for reproducing at a much faster rate – creating hosts upon hosts of the same problem.
If you notice raccoons – be sure to consult with a health professional as these animals carry the deadly rabies trait.
What A Roofing Company Can Help Do:
The roofing company can present traps to catch certain types of rodents – if this is a type of specialty service offered.
Furthermore, the roofing company will have connections with other local professionals including pest control companies and other general contractors to handle the problem – when it escalates to a case of emergency.
Call around to a professional company as soon as this issue becomes noticeable. As mentioned earlier, one or two rodents can quickly multiply into an army – causing even more damage than can ever be anticipated.