Expert Author Sarahbeth Kluzinski
Although spring is not quite here yet, the weather has warmed up a little and the sun seems to want to make an appearance on a steady basis. This means that right now is the perfect time to start thinking about wildlife exclusion and preventative maintenance services. You must seal up all the vulnerable and open areas of your home to ensure that wildlife will not get inside this spring.
There are hundreds of species of wildlife that can become a nuisance to property owners. If you live near wooded or forested areas, or near a body of water, you home is even more susceptible to nuisance wildlife interference. Animals like raccoons, bats, squirrels, birds, moles, skunks, and opossums are common nuisance wildlife known in the Midwest regions of the country. They are capable of causing a wide range of damage and destruction to a house and its surrounding landscape.
One of the main areas of a home that is targeted by nuisance wild animals is the roof. Start your annual wildlife preventative maintenance plan by having your roof inspected and sealed by a professional wildlife exclusion company. They retain the proper licensed and permits to perform work in accordance with all local and federal laws that govern wildlife. Furthermore, they have the proper training, experience, tools, and resources to provide safe and effective work.
Top 3 Common Nuisance Animals That Can Access Your Roof:
Raccoons - Raccoons are very intelligent. Not only will they figure out how to climb your roof and pry off shingles with their dexterous paws and sharp claws, they will remember how to do it year after year until you stop them. They are also one of the most destructive animals due to their levels of intelligence and agility.
Bats - Bats are also very destructive, and pose several health risks. Because they are so tiny, they are common intruders in attics. They can squeeze through a gap as little as 3/8th of an inch, which means loose roof shingles are an open door to the attic area.
Squirrels - Squirrels are everywhere, and like raccoons and bats, they are smart and can fit through tiny openings. This makes them a very common nuisance. They can easily climb onto roofs and look for openings in soffits, flashings, chimneys, and loose shingles, making them a frequent attic dweller.
Wild Animal Roof Damage
Not only will animals like raccoons and bats cause damage to your roofing system, they will get inside your attic and cause a whole other set of problems. They will cover every surface area with droppings, rotting food, and nesting materials, as well as, tear down attic insulation, electrical wiring, and more. This kind of destruction is very unsanitary and can lead to unsafe living conditions.
It is important to deal with an animal infestation as soon as you know you have one in order to prevent costlier renovations down the road. To prevent animal intrusions, start with a comprehensive full-property inspection, and have a licensed wildlife removal and control company seal up the vulnerable areas of your home.