Most homes that are invaded by wildlife will have easy access to the rooftop areas. Squirrels and raccoons are the most common animals that use attics and wall spaces for den sites. In many of these cases the animals will use trees to access the rooftop. Both squirrels and raccoons will use branches that extend onto or near the rooftop to gain access. Once they are on the roof, it is only natural for them to investigate any cavities or entry points. They often feel the warmer attic air coming from gable vents, dormer corners, and soffit panels. This triggers their natural response to enter those cavities and investigate as den sites. They commonly tear open gable vent louvers and screens, chew through fascia boards, and pull soffit panels out of their mounting channels. Rooftop attic vents are another favorite entry point, as they can easily tear through the flimsy bird and bug screens that are standard on rooftop fans.
Raccoon population levels are currently around 60 per square mile in urban settings, with squirrel numbers being much higher. Any homes with tree branches near the roof are visited frequently by these animals, whether the homeowner is aware of it or not. As a general rule, branches should be no closer than 10 feet from the roof of a structure to minimize wildlife access. In some cases raccoons will climb TV towers or ornamental porch railings and pillars, but trees provide the most common access route to rooftops. A sure indication that raccoons are visiting your roof top is the presence of droppings in the roof valleys. We offer a service to trim back branches for prevention of wildlife access. With 3 different types of hydraulic lifts, we can provide this service while maintaining a safe working environment. Our primary lift used for tree branch removal is a towable boom lift which is much lighter than typical bucket trucks, preventing damages to lawns and landscapes.
Attics and crawl spaces will often retain a foul odor after animals have been using the space for denning or having young. Once the animals are removed and exclusion work performed, we can provide an odor control service to eliminate the lingering smells. We use products that attack the odors at their source, destroying the cause of the odor. Some products only "mask" the odor, which will only last a short period. We enter the attic or crawlspace and cover the entire area, not just what we can reach from the opening.
Gutter Cleaning Service
Gutter cleaning and maintenance is an integral part of wildlife damage prevention. Acorns, seeds, and various types of organic debris accumulates in gutters, providing an attraction for any type of rodents. Squirrels are naturally one of the most common animals that frequently search through gutter debris as it provides a wide variety of food in a fairly condensed area. If they find food in gutters on a regular basis, they soon locate a weak spot on the structure and chew into the attic or soffit as they prefer to live close to their food source. The material in clogged gutters holds a high amount of moisture, often turning into a paste-like substance with the consistency of mud. The moisture is directly responsible for most rotted roof sheeting and fascia boards. Foundation damage is also often caused by clogged gutters as the water simply rushes down the outside walls and collects at the base of the home.
Most homes need gutters cleaned at least once each fall, but many have surrounding trees that produce seeds and various flowers and stems that will clog gutters in the spring also. The frequency of gutter maintenance depends on the types of trees around your home. We can provide gutter cleaning for single story, 2-story, and even 3-story homes. Tall structures may require the use of our towable boom lift for safe access. We can also install braces and brackets as needed if your gutters are in need of repairs. We check all downspouts to make sure they are open and water drains freely. We do not provide gutter installation service, but can take care of your gutter cleaning and repairs.