There are a number of pests that can cause major roofing damage and lead to premature roofing replacement and unnecessary repairs. As a homeowner there are many aspects of caring for your home’s roof and controlling pests is one of them. Mike’s Roofing would like to share some common pests that damage roofs and how you can help protect your home’s roof.
Birds, Rats & Other Pests that Damage Roofs
There are many pests that can destroy a home’s roof. One that comes to the mind of many homeowners are birds. Birds can damage your roof by nesting and leaving behind their waste. Bird dropping or guano is a combination of feces and urine that becomes very acidic. Bird droppings can erode and damage roofing tile, especially concrete. There are many other pests that can cause physical damage by chewing and gnawing your rooftop. Rats, squirrels, and raccoons often climb on top of the roof and create holes and other roofing damage so they can create a nest or enter the attic space. Another pest all homeowners fear are termites. Termites will often nest in the attic space and then chew their way through the roof structure as they dig their nest and feed on the wood. If termites are left unchecked and chew through the roofing frame, the roof is at risk of collapsing. Pests can also clog attic ventilation and do a number of other roof damages that can have major effect of your roof and your wallet. Preventing pests is essential for the health of your home’s roof. Here are a few ways you can help prevent pests and reduce their effects on the roof.
How to Keep Birds & Pests Away from Your Roof
Consider installing bird spikes along the top of the roof and cover the eaves with a netting to prevent birds from roosting or nesting on your roof. Another tactic for bird control is to use scare dummies that can also help deter rodents. Owl or hawk dummies can work to frighten and help reduce pests, including birds. Rats, squirrels, and even raccoons will climb onto roof tops by using tree branches. Overhanging tree branches are often problematic for your roof. The branches can displace shingles or tiles. The leaves can also clog gutter systems. Overhanging tree branches should be pruned. If all possible, they should be kept away from the roof to prevent roof damage and from becoming a bridge for pests to get on top of the roof. Many pests such as termites and rodents will enter the attic space through the attic’s vents. Ventilation is essential so do not cover them up with a solid object such as boards. Instead, cover the attic vent with fine screen material. Metal would be best so rodents can’t chew their way through. If possible, use a fine metal mesh as the holes are small enough to keep out termites.
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Make sure to regularly inspect your roof and attic for any signs of pest damage. There are many types of pests that will attempt to invade your home attic space and the top of the roof. If you have pest damage occurring inside your attic or on top of your roof, contact Mike’s Roofing. We can inspect and repair damage that occurs and ensure your roof’s health. For professional roofing services, contact Mike’s Roofing today.