What to Do About Animals or Insect Infestation in Roof Spaces - October 2021

Sun, Dec 05, 2021 at 8:00AM

That is when they will likely call on a contractor to help fix the problems caused by infestation. The first step is to know the typical points of entry so it’s easy to find the trouble spots:

■ Gaps or missing pieces of fascia or soffit
■ Openings in exterior cladding or siding
■ Open or ajar gable vents or windows
■ Openings at the ridge or ridge vent
■ Open or uncapped chimneys.

These areas and any other openings in a home’s exterior shell should be properly sealed to prevent animals and insects from migrating into a home. For example, if the top of the chimney is open, this may allow birds to escape the elements by nesting in the flue. Installing a chimney cap is a good way to prevent them from moving in. Other types of animals and insects to look out for include bees, bats, squirrels, raccoons, mice and rats. Each of these unwanted pests could
cause serious problems, including damage to the roof, attic structure and electrical wiring, the spreading of disease and the added risk of fire. Read more

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