Raccoons, squirrels, and roof conditions

Today we’d like to discuss the wildlife removal such as raccoon and squirrel removal from the attic. In some cases which are considered uncommon entries, raccoons and squirrels enter the attic through the middle of the roof or the roof-line (edge of the roof). this is considered uncommon because there are easier targets for these animals such as the chewing or damaging of roof vents, and pipe plastic covers. Another raccoon favorite area worth mentioning are the junctions of the roof where the soffit meets the shingles. These areas are especially favored by raccoons as they require the least amount of effort for brute force entry. So lets talk about why these incidents can happen and what unintentional role roofers play in them.

More often than not raccoon entries in the middle of the roof have been initially started by a squirrel chewing. Either as an opportunity to find shelter, or to pursue squirrels as a source of food, sometimes both. In any case what makes these uncommon entries possible is the age of the plywood on the roof. Over time the plywood ages and shrinks, curves, and rots if shingles are not changed on time. Squirrels and raccoons can sense heat escaping from any gap and are sensitive to rotted wood. They actively seek these environmental conditions to chew and break into attics, for a new home opportunity. This is the result of their survival instincts.


Roofers while experts at their jobs, are not wildlife experts. Some of our clients tell us that they’ve recently changed their roofs and are shocked to hear that a squirrel has gained entry into their attic through the roof-line. The answer we usually give is that roofers have done their job properly but they are not wildlife control experts. Occasionally roofers leave an unintentional gap between the brand new plywood and roof-line. This gap only needs to be half an inch, as the heat escapes from this gap, it attracts wildlife and it is big enough for squirrels to fit their teeth into and begin chewing their way into your attic.

If you are changing your roof, it may be worth your while to tell your roofers about roof-line gaps. Let them know that having a good seal around your home is important especially if you’ve had wildlife problems in the past. You may even have them read this article so they have an idea of what you are talking about if they aren’t already aware of the topic.

Your home is your biggest investment. It’s worth finding a proper roofer that will replace your plywood with a good seal. wildlife removal can be costly just as changing a roof can be. Changing the roof with a good seal can help save you the money of hiring a wildlife company right after changing into a brand new roof.

SIA Wildlife Control

As always SIA Wildlife Control advises you and our valued customers to ask roofers to replace and re-secure any SIA Wildlife Control work to it’s original location to maintain our warranty. If you’ve got needs for raccoon removal, squirrel removal, or wildlife removal in general give us a call and we’ll be happy to assist you.


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