Raccoons are a huge problem for homeowners and their roofs. Raccoons cause property damage by tearing off shingles and chewing on insulation. These small animals enter homes through an open door or window and cause significant structural damage, which can lead to leaks, mold and pest infestation. Even when they don’t cause any property damage, raccoons can still be a nuisance by coming out at night to look for food and water.
Fortunately, you can apply these five tips to prevent raccoons from hijacking your downspouts.
Tip #1: Remove Overhanging Branches
Raccoons are attracted to the shingles that line many roofs because they provide the perfect surface for them to scratch when searching for food or nesting materials. Overhanging branches on nearby trees allow raccoons to climb up on your roofs and get inside your downspouts or attics. Trimming these branches and removing the raccoon’s possible access point to your attic is a perfect first step.
Tip #2: Clean Up Roofing and Attic Clutter
Roof and attic clutter provide raccoons with a place to live, raise their young and store food. It also gives them the perfect hiding spot to avoid detection. Cleaning your roof and attic clutter will help reduce the possibility of raccoons in your attic.
Tip #3: Use Metal Screens and Pest Guards
Metal screens and pest guards in your soffit vents can keep animals and insects out. These screens are made from a durable reinforced screen material that’s nearly impossible to damage without proper tools.
Tip #4: Attach Anti-Raccoon Baffles
Raccoons are often drawn to water sources, particularly in the downspouts. They may climb on your downspouts or enter through the roof to access your home, attic or soffits. A baffle is a device installed at the end of a downspout to prevent raccoons from climbing in it. It can be made of metal, wood, concrete or plastic.
Tip #5: Use Animal-Safe Scent Repellents
Animal-safe scent repellents are usually made from natural ingredients, such as black pepper, onion, peppermint and other natural scents that repel raccoons. You can make animal-safe scents by yourself at home or use commercial ones.
Raccoon damage is easily repaired if you work with dependable roofing companies. Expert Contracting guarantees quality workmanship for every project we undertake. Call us at (716) 572-7303 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate.