You may think of your home as your own, but not everyone out there may be under the same impression. No, we are not talking about robbers, looters, and squatters.

But we are talking about are those cute fur-and-feather balls that like to trespass on our roofs every now and then like raccoons, squirrels, mice, rats, opossums and birds.

Let’s face it, animals are always on the lookout for shelter, and human-made roofs make for prime real estate. Our homes offer protection from the elements, safety from predators, and a nice view from above. 

On the flip side, they can wreak havoc on our homes and our health and it’s important to recognize the difference between damage from Mother Nature and damage from pesky critters.

“So what?” you might be thinking. “That raccoon family up there is not bothering me.” 

However, even if you are an animal lover, it’s not a good idea to let rodents and birds colonize your home. 

While they are usually not heavy or strong enough to break anything, they do have extra sharp claws that will leave hundreds of scratch marks on your roof! They can also damage the soffit and break the shingles.

How to Get a Wild Animal Off Your Roof

Animals generally find it easier to climb up than to climb down, which is why they might need a helping hand in getting off your property. 

The first thing you need to do is try to assess if the animal is injured. If it seems to be in good health, get a long wooden plank or a ladder and prop it against the edge of the roof. Step back and leave some distance between you and the animal.

Soon, it should climb back down to safety and happily scurry away.

However, if your little furry visitor is injured, it might not be able to get down on its own. What’s more, animals in pain tend to be more fearful and aggressive and may try to attack if approached by humans. 

Therefore, if you suspect that the animal might not be in optimal health, call your local animal control and leave the job to the professionals.

How to Deal With Birds Nesting on Your Roof

Birds love to build their homes on top of our homes, especially along soffits and roof edges. To discourage birds from nesting on your roof, consider installing a moving roof ornament to frighten them away. 

What if Your Roof Is Already Damaged?

Sometimes, animals cause more serious damage to our roofs than the occasional scratch mark. They can damage the soffit and break the shingles, which can lead to bigger issues if left untreated. 

Your best option? 

Contact us today for a free estimate. Our roofing specialists will assess the damage to your roof and recommend the best and most cost-effective solution.