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Signs Your Roof Is At Risk Of Pests

by Donald Evans

Although you may not often think of your roof and the attic space under it as a great place to live, many pests find that living in or under the roof is a great way to enter a house and live out a relatively protected life (until you find and eradicate them, of course). If you want to make your roof less likely to require the services of an exterminator, try looking through these three factors and making sure your roof doesn't have them or, if necessary, simply adjusting for them instead.

1. Unprotected vents from the attic

If you have vents allowing hot attic air to vent out of the area under the roof, good. Keeping all the hot air inside is no way to keep cool or to make your HVAC use more energy efficient. However, if your vents are unprotected (or even if they are covered with strong mesh that has slightly-too-large holes), they may be just the open invitation that pests are looking for. Mice, termites, and other pests may enter through these unprotected openings and start living in your house, which (especially with termites) can result in catastrophic damage.

2. Untreated wood

Did you know that termites don't actually need to get inside to start snacking on your house? If there's any untreated wood on the outside of your house, that's just as much of an open door for them as a vent is for a mouse. So if your eaves, the plywood underlayment of the roof, or a piece of wood covering an unneeded attic vent (or anything else accessible from the outside of your home) is questionable or known to be untreated, you should take immediate steps to keep it from being an entrance tunnel for termites. Check for evidence of termites (such as mud tunnels up the side of the house, holes entering the wood with sawdust sitting around looking chewed up, or discarded wings) while you're at it.

3. Trees overhanging and touching your roof

A tree branch that ends near your roof may be all the invitation a squirrel needs to set up its dream nest under your roof. Tree branches and wires are both common access points for pests, but tree branches are the easiest to do something about. Simply keep trees trimmed to several feet away from the house to discourage squirrels and raccoons from trying to jump across the intervening gap.

These three signs can tell you whether your house is a sitting duck or not. Plugging up any potential access points is one of the most crucial steps, so if you want to pest-proof your roof and attic, start by filling cracks and covering any vents (if they need airflow, you can just use wire mesh).

For more information and assistance, contact a professional roofing company in your area, such as Bob Behrends Roofing & Gutters LLC.