As we enter the winter season here in Colorado Springs and the temperatures begin to drop lower and lower every night, the local wildlife such as raccoons, squirrels, skunks and bats will be looking for a warm dry place to nest. And what could be warmer than your home’s attic, filled with delicious insulation, and easily accessible from neighboring tree branches. Some animals will eat right through your roof shingle and decking, while others will find a weak spot in damaged fascia or a loose roof pipe jack or vent. A missing shingle or damaged flashing will allow water intrusion into the home, causing water damage on top of damage done by the animal’s nesting and droppings.A raccoon chewed and clawed a hole in this roof.
If you have identified a possible entry point, stuffing it loosely with newspaper and then checking to see if it’s been moved is the easiest way to see if an animal is making its way in and out of your home. Before sealing any entry points, you should do a spot check of the attic looking for signs of wild life, such as droppings, odors and damaged materials. Trapping the animal inside could lead to further home damage, maybe even physical harm from the animal, and trapping the mother outside from the babies inside could lead to her reopening the now sealed hole, or tearing out another trying to get back inside the home.Raccoons will nest in your attic given the opportunity.
Here in Colorado, Raccoons are the main culprit for attic invasions. They will eat anything they come into contact with, including asphalt shingles, insulation, drywall, and mother raccoons love to build their nests inside residential attics. A mother raccoon will do anything to protect her babies, so a direct confrontation is not recommended, but there are a couple techniques you can use to let them know your attic isn’t the best nesting environment.
Utilize all these methods for a 3-5 day period and the animals will get the hint. You must give the mother time to move the babies one by one to another location. These techniques will also work on squirrels, but they sleep during the night. Once your are certain the animals are gone, you must act quickly to seal up all possible access to the attic and fix any damaged elements of your roofing system.Squirrels can also cause significant damage to your roof. This squirrel was trying to get in the attic for a warm place to build a nest.
Avalanche Roofing & Exteriors offers free estimates on any roof repairs, including those caused by wildlife intrusions! Our technicians can assess any damage to the roofing system.
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