It is not uncommon to pull up to a new house build and be in awe. The clean lines, pristine siding, and fresh concrete make the house look like an impenetrable fortress, a place where you and your family can live for many safe years to come. Unfortunately, just like any other house, a new build will require maintenance and upkeep to keep it looking pristine and performing at optimal levels.
What many people fail to realize is that under all the glitz and glamour of the cosmetic shell, a new build is still vulnerable to wildlife and nature. Without upkeep, a house is just another temporary nest. Sure it will last longer than a season, but how long before wildlife starts picking apart the weak points, making your nest into theirs?
Shouldn’t Builders Wildlife Proof Your Home?
Many homeowners who experience wildlife intrusions into their new houses feel that the builder failed them, but that is not always the case. Every home builder must abide by building codes and regulations. They must pass a multitude of inspections and design approvals before they can finally put the home up for sale or hand you the keys. Unfortunately, many of the home building requirements do not account for the ingenuity of wildlife, especially critters like raccoons.
Soffit Intersections and Weak Entry Points
Some of the weakest entry points of any home are soffit intersections. The soffit is the horizontal area of your roof that covers over attic ventilation. Typically, these sections use flexible and durable plastic or aluminum, which is enough initially to keep out most of the elements, and wildlife. Unfortunately, with water damage or other structural damage, these areas of the roof become vulnerable, and raccoons and other animals will find the weak spots and squeeze their way into your attic. Often, you will not even notice a problem because the material will fall back into place once the animal is inside.
Routine Roof Maintenance
The best way to prevent animals from making your attic their home is by performing routine inspections. Your roof should receive an inspection at least twice a year: once before the winter and again in the spring. By keeping up with roof assessments, you will be aware of any potential issues before they become significant problems or before they become enticing weak points for wildlife.
While a professional inspection is recommended, homeowners can also do a DIY assessment by looking closely at roofline intersections, checking for water damage, and inspecting the attic for any signs of wildlife damage. Be careful if you suspect the presence of animals. Wild animals are unpredictable and can be dangerous when startled.
Calling Professionals for Help
If you suspect a wild animal has gotten into your home, or it has been some time since you did a property inspection, you should contact a wildlife professional. Wildlife technicians know how to search your property, and they can find entry points that are not obvious to the average homeowner or builder. A humane professional will also do everything they can to ensure the animal’s and your wellbeing.
How long has it been since your last roof inspection? Do you hear strange noises coming from your attic at night? If so, contact Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Removal and schedule a property assessment. The company will send out a technician as soon as possible to visit your property and determine the extent of your problem. If they find evidence of wildlife, the technician will present a plan for removal, decontamination, and prevention. Keep in mind that humane wildlife removal depends on exclusion, meaning that it can take a little while for the removal process to be completed. Still, when it is finished, you will have peace of mind, knowing the animals are safe and your home is sealed to other wildlife.