If you live in Florida it’s likely that you’ve heard of friends, family or neighbors experiencing problems with pests throughout their homes. One of the unique problems that many Florida residents face are roof rats or palm rats. These pests are a disease carrying species and they are one of the leading rodent pests across the state of Florida. These rats can cause hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage to homes in Florida each year. If you are stuck on how you can prevent and repair the damage caused by these roof rats, we have some solutions for you.
Sealing Up Your Roof
Spotting the areas where roof rats can get in can be difficult. Surprisingly, these rats can get into spaces as small as half an inch in diameter. It’s easy for them to set up in attic spaces and quickly start using wires, cable, ductwork and insulation to build nests. Roof rats will also chew their way in which can leave your roof vulnerable to new pests and secondary damage from the elements.
Seeking Pest Help
It’s best to contact the professionals as soon as you spot the signs of roof rats across your home. As this species can be disease carrying, working with a pest-control expert can make sure that they can be removed safely and without endangering your own health.
Cutting Trees And Shrubs
One of the most popular places for roof rats to make their way into your home is from trees and shrubs that border the home. If you have trees with branches that extend over or nearly touch your roofline, this is a popular way for these creatures to gain access to your roof. Trimming these trees semi-annually will make sure that you can prevent rodent activity.
Keep some of these ideas in mind if you want to protect yourself from roof rats and other pest infestations.
This post was written by Reggie Reed! Reggie is a state-certified roofing contractor and co-owner of Reggie Reed Roofing, the best Clearwater roofing company. He is a 4th generation roofing contractor. RR Roofing offers a wide variety of roofing services for residential homes, apartment complexes, condos, commercial buildings, churches and more. Reggie enjoys dedicating his spare time to helping underprivileged youth in his community and traveling with his family and friends.