How Holes in Roof Can Tap out Catastrophe for a House

Holes If you have holes in your roof, even small ones, you’re at risk of a pest infestation. Common attic pests like mice, bats, and other rodents can be bad enough, but larger pests like squirrels and raccoons can cause significant problems. 

So, how should you go forward? Let’s take a look at several kinds of pests, and how you can not only get rid of them, but how you can prevent them from showing up in the first place.

Mice

Your first hint that mice have taken up residence in your attic is the noise. Do you hear the scurrying of tiny feet while you’re trying to sleep? If so, you’ve probably got mice in your attic. To get rid of them, buy some traps and load them with peanut butter. Place the traps near walls because mice like to scurry along the walls rather than venture out into open space. Check the traps every few days. If you get one, make sure to dispose of the mouse quickly before it begins to smell.

Rats

Rats are a more serious problem than mice. Why is this? They’re like mice, but they’re larger and, thus, scarier and grosser. Moreover, rats carry more diseases than ordinary mice and they live in larger groups. Obviously, the way to get rid of rats is the same as mice. You’ll just need bigger traps.

Squirrels

A lot of people consider squirrels to be cute, but they’re not so sweet to live with. One squirrel can cause hundreds of dollars of damage to your house. If you think you’ve got squirrels, you’ll probably have to call in a rodent specialist because squirrels can be some fierce little buggers. Most times, even if you block off their entrance points, the squirrels will just make another one. So, if you can’t figure out how to get rid of them yourself, just call a pro.

Raccoons

Raccoons are, by far, the worst pest you could get in your attic. They are huge, generate tons of noise, and do lots of damage. Plus they carry a lot of diseases, including rabies. Unless you’re a seasoned woodsman, you’ll need to call a pro to get rid of these guys.

Preventative Measures

The very best way to solve a pest problem is to keep it from happening in the first place. So make sure that they don’t have any openings to get into your attic. Even holes as small as a penny can give access to squirrels and mice. 

Make sure you size up the condition of your roof. Before the beginning of winter, look for any holes or breaks in your roof. According to the pros at A-Top Roofing, the best way to do this is to “go up into the attic space and look at the underside of the roof. Areas where light shows through the roofing may indicate problems such as damage from storms or missing shingles.” Rips in your vent screens are also a favorite point of entrance for pests.

While most homeowners can tackle a lot of difficult projects on their own, fixing holes in the roof is dangerous and best left up to the professionals. It’s easy to fall from the roof or even do more damage to your roof with quick-fixes. The best strategy is to call a seasoned roofing contractor to examine your roof and give you an estimate for any repairs. 

Never disregard holes in your roof — always call a specialist before all the animals move in.