Tips to Keep Rodents from Accessing Your Home

Rodents will burrow and make a home out of quite a number of materials, including those making up your building’s structure. Your roof could be the next target for various rodents like squirrels and racoons looking to find shelter. If you notice broken shingles or damaged portions of your roof, or hear strange noises that sound like the pitter patter of little feet, you may have a rodent problem on your hands.

Having your roof checked periodically can prevent these rodents from making a home in your home. Rodents carry a number of harmful diseases and bugs in their fur. Their waste may also get into your water supply or food, making it imperative that they be removed from your house as soon as you discover them. The damage they do can be detrimental to your home and necessitate costly repairs, making it crucial that you take action as soon as possible.

If you suspect rodents are in your attic, here are some steps you can take:

Inspect Your Attic

The first step you need to do is to look in your attic. If you use this space as a storage area, be sure to check any boxes or crates within the space. Use a flashlight to see if you spot any strange reflections of rodent eyes, and keep your eyes peeled for signs of damage. Your nose can also be a good tool to use as rat urine can be rather potent.

Scrutinize Your Home’s Exterior

The next part of your home that you will want to inspect is the exterior of your house. Look to see if there are any signs of damage to your siding, soffit, fascia, or roofing that may have been caused by animals trying to get into your home.

Install Vent and Chimney Covers

To prevent animals from gaining entry to your home, it is a good idea to have vents and chimney covers installed. Any entry point that may provide a way for animals to get in should be reinforced.

Keep All Food Sources Under Lock and Key

Make sure that all the food sources that may attract rodents should be kept in places where they cannot be reached. Making sure that jar lids are tightly closed and any boxes are completely sealed will ensure that you will not have a home that attracts rodents in general.

Trim Any Overhanging Branches

Homeowners should make sure there are no low and overhanging branches near the roof. Doing so keeps the animals from using these branches as a means to gain entry to your roof.


Following these tips and having your roof periodically inspected will help keep rodents and animals out of your home. Whether you need help with damage caused by animals to your roof or any other roof repair needs, contact USA Roofing and Gutters, LLC. We are a fully licensed, bonded, insured, and certified roofing contractor. We specialize in residential and commercial roofing, gutters, and gutter guards.  If you need roof repairs in Central and North Alabama, contact us today for a free estimate!

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