Metal roofs have a longer life, are eco-friendly and easy to install. Another advantage is they provide a better barrier for pest control. We’ve compiled a list of common roof pests and common entry points to your home.
Common Roof Pests
Several types of pests can start to call your roof home. They can cause damage to the structure of your home and even injure family members. Be on the lookout for noises in the attic and other signs of these creatures moving in.
• Insects. Insects seek decomposing wood, bird feces and textiles. A metal roof eliminates decomposing wood in the tiles, reducing the draw for insects.
• Birds. Birds always look for a safe place to build their nest. The law protects many species and you will receive a fine for removal. Prevention is key, and installation of a metal roof helps to deter birds from nesting in the attic.
• Squirrels and rodents. Like birds, squirrels and other rodents seek shelter from the elements. They cause damage chewing wires and leaving feces throughout the house. A metal roof decreases their ability to chew a hole in the roofing materials.
• Bats. Bats are another species protected by the law. Prevent them from seeking shelter in your roof by blocking holes. Proper installation of ventilation tiles in a metal roof include mesh, keeping pests from finding a way in.
• Bees and wasps. Bees and wasps are two different species. Bees are an endangered species and need professional relocation. Wasps are pests and can attack when provoked. Destroy any wasp nests with spray or call in a pest control expert.
Pest Entry Points
Checking for weak spots in your roof and along the side of your home will ensure a barrier to keep pests out. Some common ways pests gain entry into your home include:
• Overhanging branches. Pests like squirrels and rodents use overhanging branches to gain access to the roof. Trim any branches that might form a bridge to your roof.
• Decaying roof shingles. Replace an aging roof with a metal option. It lasts longer and protects from pests who want to move into your attic.
• Ventilation. Without proper ventilation, moisture attracts pests and causes structural damage. Check your vents for mesh to keep out potential pests.
• Proper storage of textiles. Store your clothing, bedding, and other fabric items in airtight bins to keep out moths, mice, and other pests searching for a home.
• Cracks and holes. Even the smallest crack is big enough for some types of pests. The only way to keep them out is to make an airtight barrier.
Metal Roof Advantage
Traditional roofing materials are not always a perfect fit, but metal roofing materials mold to fit the exact shape of your home. This tight seal provides extra protection from unwanted guests. Ventilation panels installed with mesh keep out bats, squirrels and other critters. Chewing pests are also less likely to eat through metal roofing materials.
Metal roofing is a clear advantage in the battle against pests. If you have an aging roof in need of replacement, consider metal options for added pest control.