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Wild animals are very important to the environment. Birds and squirrels help plants reproduce by carrying nuts and seeds, and termites help get rid of dead trees. However, most wildlife can also damage roofs and attics. These make attractive shelters or nesting spots for many small animals, including raccoons, squirrels, opossums and rats. Experienced, knowledgeable Chesapeake roofers can help homeowners keep away pests, recognize the signs of infestation, and take care of the problem before major repairs are needed.

Raccoons, squirrels and possums can enter roofs through small cracks or holes. Squirrels can even gnaw holes into the side of a roof to gain entry. Scratching or squeaking sounds coming from the roof, attic or ceiling, especially at night, often mean that the roof is infested with small animals. This means that they probably entered through damage to the roof. Small points of light in the attic on a sunny day could mean that a roof has minor leaks or damage. After animals move in, their droppings and nests can attract a huge range of insects, lead to mold and mildew and ruin possessions stored in attics. The nests and droppings are also a fire hazard. Many animals, including bats and raccoons, can carry rabies and other diseases.

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They also have sharp teeth and claws. Homeowners should keep pets away and contact a professional to remove the pests. Also, some animals have to be trapped and relocated because they're protected by law.

Roofs are a great place for animals to perch and survey their surroundings, which means that even pests who don't get into the attic can run all over the roof. Most roofs are designed to prevent damage from scratches, but animals can scratch and even tear holes in roof tiles and shingles that are already worn or damaged. Even large birds can harm roofs.

Termites can burrow into and eat the wood that forms most roofs, including rafters and other support structures. Wood that has termites looks soft, cracked, or weak. With enough time, termites can even cause a roof to collapse. Homes with wood shingles or shakes are especially vulnerable. However, many wood shingles and shakes are pretreated to prevent termites. Homeowners should also inspect roofs for leaks regularly and make sure that they have good ventilation to prevent condensation. Moisture makes roofs more welcoming for termites. It can also damage insulation and encourage the growth of mold and mildew.

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