Squirrels, bats and raccoons
With the temperature dropping and every living thing looking for a warm place to spend the winter, your Charlotte or Concord, NC house may pick up some unexpected and unwanted tenants — little creatures that you wouldn’t mind seeing in your forest but that you don’t want in your attic. They do the kind of damage that only best roofing company can fix.
Rats and mice are always a problem, of course, but they can invade any floor and usually come in at ground level. If you’re specifically worried about your roof and attic, here are some fur-bearing (and possibly rabies-bearing) freeloaders you should watch for:
- Squirrels. Squirrels are good at climbing trees and jumping, and can easily jump from a tree branch to your roof. If there’s any sort of gap in your roof, squirrels can probably get through it. If there isn’t one, they can chew through roof timbers and make one. Once they’re inside, they can chew more holes in the timbers, weakening the frame, and can bite through wire insulation, creating a fire hazard.
- Bats. Bats can get into your home through a half-inch-wide gap, and a large colony of them can create monstrous piles of guano in your attic. Usually they have multiple ways in and out of your attic, which makes keeping them out a particular challenge. And unlike squirrels, which are most active during the day, bats in your attic will make most of their noise while you’re trying to sleep.
- Raccoons. Like squirrels, raccoons usually attack by way of the trees, but they can climb almost anything. If there’s a hole they can fit through, they’ll find it. If there’s a weak, patched spot, they’ll pull the patch aside. If they can’t find anything else, they’re strong and clever enough to tear out shingles and make a hole. Like bats, they are nocturnal — and being much heavier, they make more noise. Worse, the notorious cleverness of raccoons does not extend to learning how to use the toilet. You’ll particularly need to watch out for raccoons early next year, when the females are looking for good places to nest and raise their young.
Charlotte’s best roofing company
If you have one of these problem, you need experts in animal control, to get these little invaders out of your attic. But you also need a roofing company, to inspect your roof, fix the damage and plug all the holes so they can’t get back in. Advanced Roofing and Exteriors are the best roofing contractor in Charlotte and Concord, NC, having won the Angies List Super Service Award twice. This family-owned company is also a member of the Home Builders Association of Charlotte and an Owens Corning preferred contractor. They will plan their work schedule to suit your needs, and provide all the roofing materials themselves. If you need a best roofing company, call today for a free estimate.