Squirrels are like rats, but not disgusting. Not only do they send your dogs into a frenzy, but they also look adorable when they run along fences with their beloved acorns in their mouths. For all their cuteness, though, they pose a serious threat to your roof.
With the winter months coming up, you may see fewer squirrels, but they won’t be gone entirely. They’re good at hiding in warm spots and climbing to dizzying heights, so it’s important to know what to do to keep them from making your house their playground. Otherwise, they can cause damage that requires expensive repairs.
Here’s what you can do to repel these nutty invaders.
Do Some Trimming
Likely the simplest safeguard against these pests is the elimination of access to your roof via trees and other bushes. If there’s a big branch overhanging your garage, squirrels will see it as a bridge trim that limb back! It’s also important to keep in mind that these things have serious jumping skills. Make sure there’s a big enough gap between the branch and the roof that they won’t even consider the leap.
While the big trees and branches are an obvious way to get up on your roof, be on the lookout for the more subtle things, such as vines. To squirrels, they’re basically ladders.
Cover Exterior Wires
If you have internet or cable, chances are you have wires running along parts of your home’s exterior. Similar to vines, the rooftop invaders can use these to climb up and claim the land of shingles as their own.
So what can be done about this? PVC is your friend! Grab some pipe and cover those exterior wires like your roof depends on it (because it does). This will make it much harder for rodents to get their grimy little claws in deep enough for a foothold.
Repel With Repellants
This one lets the squirrels know you mean business. If other steps don’t work, it’s time to bring out the big guns. We’re talking about urine. No, really.
Predator urine is an actual product you can buy for situations like this. Head to your local store to get some and apply it in problem spots around your property.
Another useful tactic is putting up a scarecrow, but we know that may look a little odd if you live in a neighborhood. Nothing like striking a little fear into the hearts of squirrels to make them think twice about climbing onto your roof!
They may seem cute and harmless, but squirrels can cause some serious damage to your roof. Besides, if your roof is ruined, do you really want to tell the neighbors it’s all thanks to those nut-gatherers? If it’s too late for you and you’ve already fallen victim to them, don’t be afraid to give ER Roofing a call. We’re happy to help!