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Roof It Forward - Don't Let Springtime Pests Damage Your Roof: Tips for Prevention

May 02, 2023

Now that it's Spring and the weather is getting warmer, pests are emerging looking for a new place to stay. One of the best places could be on your roof! If pests get to a level of infestation, it can be very expensive to get it taken care of and those pests removed. To prevent an infestation from happening, there are a few things you can do to your roof to deter these pests. Continue reading to learn tips on how to prevent pets from damaging your roof.

Common Pests And The Damage They Cause

Before diving into prevention tips, it's important to know what you are looking out for. The most common insects that could be on your roof are termites, carpenter ants, wasps, and carpenter bees. Common rodents include mice, rats, chipmunks, and squirrels.

As for damage, insects that create hives can create holes, and hollow out sections of your roof, and can cause structural damage depending on the weight of the hive that is built. If a hive is built in a vent, it can block the ability to ventilate your attic and roof. Termites could eat and destroy all the wood that makes up your roof, including decking, trusses, and rafters. This could lead to massive structural issues as the wood breaks down.

Pests such as rats, mice, chipmunks, and squirrels, can chew and gnaw on all different materials in your attic and roof, no matter if it's wires, insulation, and pipes.

Tips On Preventing Pests

1. Place Moth Balls

Moth balls can be placed in your attic to help deter roof pests from entering and staying. Specifically rats and bats have toxic reactions to mothballs.

  1. Trim Trees

If branches are hanging over your roof, it gives easy access for pests to simply walk over. This will also prevent shading from happening, which can easily lead to moss and mildew growth, which is the perfect place for pests to stay.

3. Clean Your Roof and Gutters

Pests enjoy harboring in areas that have lots of debris. Mosquitoes also enjoy staying in areas that have water pooling and if your gutters are clogged, you could be attracting a swarm. Cleaning out your gutters and having your roof cleaned will help prevent pests from finding a nice spot to nest.

There are also other reasons that you should be cleaning out your gutters this Spring. Learn why it's important here.

4. Schedule A Roof Inspection

A roof inspection will be able to identify any problem areas where pests are getting in or why they are entering your home. There is a myriad of problems that could be enticing pests: gaps or holes in your roof, poor roof ventilation, rotting wood, an increase of mixture in your home, and more.

An inspection is a great way to have your roof checked for any holes, openings, or opportunities for pests to get in. ARAC Roof It Forward offers a free video roof inspection so we can show you the videos and pictures from the roof and recommend any necessary repairs. Our goal at Roof It Forward is to provide our community with high-quality roofing solutions to keep you and your family safe at home. Schedule your free video inspection today!


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