Imagine this: You’re going to start a fire in your fireplace because it’s a cold winter’s night and the idea of sitting by the fire with some hot cocoa sounds simply divine. You go to open the flue and the next thing you know, there is a sooty, fluffy rodent zooming around the room while your significant other screams bloody murder.

Or imagine this: It’s fall and you’re spending the afternoon on your roof cleaning out your gutters. You take this time to inspect for any shingle damage and check your siding to make sure it is all in good repair for the winter weather that is sure to come. As you’re inspecting the siding, you notice areas of exposed wood on the corner posts where paint has been seemingly chipped away. Upon closer inspection, you see tiny teeth marks from your least favorite critter. You’ve discovered a spot where a squirrel has opted to make a tasty snack out of the side of your house.

Squirrels are just one of many critters that will happily call your roof, attic, and siding home. However, there are many different things you can do in order to prevent damage from a variety of wildlife and repair any existing damage.

Squirrels

To avoid the first situation that could easily happen with squirrels, make sure that your chimney and other roof vents have the appropriate guards in place. These mesh guards will keep all types of animals out of your chimney and vents while still allowing them to function properly. If you’re really perturbed by squirrels on your roof, there are other options to try, including some we’ll talk about with birds and different pest repellents that you can try spraying in common problem areas.

Termites

Termites can be a problem when roofing fails or your siding is too old to protect your home. These pests can burrow underneath the other layers of roofing and take up residence in your home’s structure. The best approach to termites is to prevent them with appropriate roof maintenance, repairs, and replacement as necessary. You don’t want to give them an opportunity to thrive. While Crest Exteriors can help you prevent any termites, don’t hesitate to call your local pest control company if you get an infestation. Once they take care of the termites, we can provide proper repairs to make sure they don’t come back.

Birds

While most neighborhood birds aren’t a problem for homes, including your roof, there are some birds that like to make a nest on your gutters or in the eaves. This can cause problems with water removal and unsightly bird droppings. There are several things you can do in order to prevent this, including installing metal bird spikes, bird stop eves, and motion detection ultrasonic devices. Of all your options, the motion detection devices that emit an ultrasonic sound when activated are the best for dealing with a variety of critters, especially if you have specific areas of concern.

If you need help with any of your roofing needs, from repairs to replacement, turn to Crest Exteriors in Denver and our other locations for professional service.