What To Do If I Have Animals Living On Or In My Roof

A family of curious squirrels made its nest in a high gutter, right in a gap underneath the tiles of the roof and next to the uppermost part of the brick wall. Every day at the same time, the mother leaves the nest, while the lovely babies wait for her.

Leaks, damaged shingles, and clogged gutters are all common homeowner concerns when thinking about the roof. But every homeowner should also keep an eye out for their sneaky neighbors causing problems — and by that, we mean the ones living outside.  

From squirrels to birds to raccoons, there’s plenty of wildlife right in your own backyard, and they may get adventurous and try to find their way inside your home through the roof.

Why You Should Be Concerned About Animals On Your Roof

Roofs function to protect your home and everything in it from the elements, but they are not equipped to handle constant contact and movement from wildlife trying to make themselves at home. 

Wild animals such as squirrels, raccoons, and opossums will use their sharp claws and teeth to create openings in the roof to nuzzle their way inside your attic. Whether they manage to get inside your home or not, the damage they caused can lead to leaks which then lead to wood rot, mold, and a shortened lifespan of your roof. 

Birds and bats can also cause concern because of their nesting in troublesome areas — like in roof vents. These animals and their nests can not only cause damage but can also block the flow of air in and out of the attic space. A lack of proper airflow can damage the structure of the roof during periods of extreme temperatures.

What To Do If Animals Are Living On Your Roof

If animals are making themselves too at home on your roof, the first thing to do is to call your local animal control or wildlife removal service. This team can safely remove the animals from your house to a safer area. 

After the animals have been removed, it’s time to give your local roofing company a call! The roofers will do a full inspection to assess any damages or concerns the animals may have caused and then have them fixed. Repairs can include replaced shingles, leak fixes, roof vent replacements, and much more to ensure your roof is in the best condition possible.


If you’re looking to have your roof fixed or redone or your gutters replaced or cleaned, we’ve got you covered! The experts at Landmark Exteriors are here to help ensure your home’s roofing, and gutter systems both look great and are functioning properly for years to come! Give us a call at (203) 838-3838 to learn more.

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