Monday, October 1. 2018
With baby season approaching, wildlife are looking to find warm, dry attics to give birth and raise their young. Unfortunately, in their pursuit of warmer quarters, they are interfering with our way of life by causing structural damage, health concerns, noises, odours and anxiety.
Opportunistic by nature, they seek out structural weaknesses that exist on almost every roof. Whether they choose to chew or claw through roof vents, plumbing mats, soffits or shingles the aftermath is often a gaping hole in the roof, allowing water to seep into the attic and walls. It is therefore critical to treat the wildlife intrusion as an emergency because animals and water wreak havoc in a very short time. Any undue delay in remedying a leaky roof will definitely lead to deterioration of roof boards, insulation, drywall and promote the growth of harmful molds.
Wildlife, once inside the roof, can also cause significant damage to the attic insulation, reducing its rating. Raccoons and squirrels will travel about the attic, thus packing down and moving the insulation. Raccoons will clear large areas of attic insulation away from the attic floor where they intend to lay down. Squirrels will use the insulation for nesting material thereby reducing it in some areas and increasing it in others. Both raccoons and squirrels will also wet the insulation by defecating and urinating on it. Wildlife activity exposes the electrical wiring that was previously hidden beneath the insulation. Because of the gnawing habits of animals, particularly rodents, chewed electrical wires will cause power interruptions and even house fires.
From a cost-savings perspective, it is advisable for a homeowner to animal-proof all potential entry points. Preventing wildlife damage to both the outside and inside of the roof before it occurs will definitely minimize the need for wildlife removal and roof repair costs.
A Homeowners Checklist for Preventing Wildlife Intrusions:
- Make food waste inaccessible.
- Refrain from feeding wildlife.
- Cut back trees and vines that provide roof access.
- Inspect roofs often and repair weather or animal related damage.
- Install wildlife-proofing screening on porches, decks, sheds, exhaust vents, roof vents, plumbing mats and chimneys.
- Hire a professional humane wildlife removal company to humanely solve existing wildlife intrusions and to implement wildlife-proofing measures.