The attic can be the perfect place for rodents to make their homes while also tearing your home apart in the process. It’s important to know what’s going on in all areas of your home. Continue reading to see all the unexpected places rodents can live near your roof!
This is a Health Task!
It’s very common for rodents to nest in your home to feel protected from other predators. Each rodent, however, can bring in different diseases that can contaminate your home.
This is a Preventative Maintenance Task!
Rodents will tear and pick apart anything they can to aid them in making a nest and raising their young. These areas can allow water and rodent droppings into your home, eventually rotting wood and damaged siding, insulation, and drywall.
Tasks can be done by: Homeowner, handyman, pest control company
Unexpected Places Rodents Can Live Near Your Roof | Task Steps
Step 1 – Inspect your attic
- Check the exterior of your house and visually inspect the roof overhangs and foundation for evidence of rodents making themselves at home. Check for anything out of place, like holes, leaves, or sticks sticking out where they should not be.
- Also, look on the ground for signs of bird droppings. For example, bat droppings look like mouse droppings.
- Rodents are always trying to find ways into a home, which sometimes results in them trying to get in through roof vents.
- Lastly, go into the attic space and thoroughly inspect it. Look for signs of insects or rodents living up there. Try to track how they get in and out and where they are nesting.
Step 2 – Address any issues
- First, if you encounter any living creature you feel uncomfortable dealing with, call an exterminator to take care of the problem.
- If you find openings that insects are coming in, you can usually caulk or stuff it with foam insulation spray. Steel wool will work in areas that do not get wet. Fill in the cracks.
- If the holes are big enough to allow raccoons, squirrels, opossums, snakes, or other larger rodents to get inside, fill or cover up the problem areas with wood, siding, screening, or roofing materials. Try to match the housing material to make it look like there was no hole there.
- Lastly, if you must climb a ladder or go onto your roof, practice good ladder safety and exercise caution while climbing onto and exiting the roof.
- Tool List: If DIY: ladder – extension, caulking gun
- Supply List & Costs: If DIY: caulk, insulation – foam spray
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