Nuisance Wildlife on Rooftops

Animals and people are in a constant struggle for space, so conflicts may arise as cities expand and wildlife habitats shrink. When pests invade neighborhoods, animals on roofs and in soffits can cause problems for homeowners.

Damage Caused

Most of the issues caused by animals in soffits and on roofs are structural. Broken shingles and holes in roofing materials are common. Some animals also carry diseases that affect humans. These pests spread illnesses via their body fluids, parasites, or feces.

How Did I Get Animals on the Roof?

Trees, power lines, and downspouts are easy pathways that allow pests on roofs. For example, untrimmed branches act as bridges for wildlife to cross over to roofs and enter houses.

Identification & Signs

Gathering information about animals in soffits and on roofs is the first step toward controlling the issue. Pay close attention to the following clues:

  • Sounds - Scratching or gnawing noises during the day may be a sign of squirrels. However, sounds at night may indicate a bat or roof rat issue.
  • Tracks - The size and shape of footprints left by an animal on a roof or in an attic can help identify the pest.
  • Droppings - The volume and location of scat can also reveal the type of animal nesting in soffit spaces.

Dealing with Pests

Animals on roofs and in soffits are usually agile climbers, which makes prevention difficult. Homeowners with these wildlife issues should call the experts at Critter Control to remove infestations.