If you get rodents nesting in your roof, it can lead to several problems. Not only can you hear them up there scratching around and reminding you that there are rodents in your roof, but they can also cause damage. A nesting rodent will tear apart areas to come up with the extra material to use in their nest. They will also tear apart areas to expand their nests. This can lead to leaks and other problems in your roof. This article will offer you advice on how you can keep rodents from nesting in your roof.
Eradicate the rodents that are already nesting
You’re going to have to get rid of the rodents that have already taken up residency in your roof before you put measures in place to keep others out. You can either kill them by using poisoned bait or you can use traps. Either way, you will need to make sure their bodies are removed or you will have a bad stench coming from your roof for a while.
Keep more rodents from entering your roof
Once you have taken care of the rodents already nesting in the roof, you can work on keeping more from coming. One way to keep rodents from nesting in your roof is to seal up any small cracks in the roof by using caulking. You can also staple a mesh material to block any larger gaps or holes so they can no longer get in that area.
You also want to remove anything that rodents may be attracted to from the area around your roof and that part of your home. Cut back any fruit trees from the area around your roof so fruit doesn’t fall on it and make sure you pick the fruit off of the trees right when it’s ripe. Also, clean up any of the fruit that falls from the trees. Keep the rain gutters cleaned out of debris and don’t allow a lot of leaves to remain on areas of your roof.
Take a walk around the perimeter of your roof and make sure you don’t have anything leaning up against the side of your house that gives rodents the ability to easily climb up to the roof. Any tree that hangs over your roof provide them with an easy way up. Therefore, trees should be cut back away from the roof.
If you continue having rodent problems on the roof or you notice damage, then you should have a roofing contractor come out to help you with the problem.