Is Your Roof Inviting Mice into Your Home?

Aug 20, 2020Blog, Roof Problems

Fall weather is some of the most enjoyable out of the year. You probably find yourself spending more time outside through autumn than other times of the year.  It might not be the time of year you give a lot of thought to your home’s roof. But there’s a big reason why you should: Rodent Control.


As temperatures start to dip, mice and other rodents are preparing to find shelter. Rotting eaves, damaged roof flashing, and other structural weaknesses are an open invitation to your home.


Mice, squirrels, and rats will spend the next several weeks preparing a winter home. Prevent them from seeking shelter inside your home this fall.


Consider the size of a mouse. They’re so small. It only takes a small hole, maybe even the size of a dime, to serve as an entryway into your house.


Other critters that can view your home as a nice place to hibernate include rats and squirrels. Occasionally, your home might also shelter unexpected “guests” like snakes, birds, and bats


Mice and other hibernating creatures can find small, unnoticeable holes and gaps in your garage or basement, as well as higher entryways like your crawl space and roof.


If you have a patio or deck, these pests can also set up a temporary home underneath these structures. Skunks, groundhogs, and feral cats will find these types of structures good shelter through winter.


While we can recommend hardware cloth and screens to mitigate the chance of critters seeking your home for shelter, we’re not pest control technicians. We’re your local roofing experts.


We’ll offer tips on where roof weaknesses might invite mice into your home, but you should seek a pest control technician for making sure larger vermin don’t invade your garage, patio, or basement.


Mice and other vermin can enter homes at places where dormers (those protrusions from the roof that typically frame windows) meet with your roof. Poorly fastened dormers will expose small leaks and entryways.  Again, it only takes a tiny gap to enable mice to get inside.


Loose flashing and shingles also serve as possible “Open for Vacancy” signs for mice.


Is your roof fascia starting to show wear and tear? Rotten fascia poses another vulnerable spot that may allow critters into your home. Soffit damage poses another risk for critter intrusion.


Small weaknesses or gaps in your roofing system are also an invitation to stinging insects. Carpenter bees can cause considerable damage to your roof’s wood beams and substrate, while hornets and other stinging insects can use small openings to eventually get inside and build extensive nests in your home attic or interior walls.


This fall has been an especially great year for stinging insects (meaning they’ve been in abundance). A local pest control company recently reported service calls to control wasps and hornets have dramatically increased this year. Technicians believe it might be linked to the spotted lanternfly and its sap flow.


Regardless of the reasons, make sure your home isn’t welcoming these pests via roof damage.


With fall home maintenance beckoning you up to your leaf-filled gutters, take the time now to examine these home-roof areas for potential gaps or holes.


Our team of roofing professionals can thoroughly examine and remediate any weakness in your residential roof this fall before mice start to examine weaknesses in your roof to stay comfortable this winter.


Fall is the perfect time to schedule residential roof services. Our experienced roofing professionals can assess, repair, replace, or install several roof types throughout Lancaster and its surrounding areas. Call or contact us for a consultation before the first flakes of winter begin.