Fixing Animal Entry at the Roofline


After a raccoon finally left my attic, I had the roof repaired. The roofer pointed out a problem that has apparently existed since the house was constructed. As the first picture below shows, far back under the eve, there is a barely noticeable open spot. What I had thought were a lot of small twigs is actually chicken wire. Someone was obviously aware of the problem long ago.

The second picture shows more detail. Not only is this hidden area a nicely protected spot for an animal, there is an opening in the stucco on the wall. It looks as if it was too difficult for the builder to reach for him to be bothered with sealing it up. (It's too late to come to terms with the builder.)

My question is how should I go about sealing this up? I'm not sure if I actually have to seal the wall. Generally, these attics are ventilated, so air flow shouldn't be a concern. (Am I wrong about that?)

I thought I might fasten a piece of marine plywood behind the...

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Roofline Flashing to Prevent Bird, Squirrel, Opossum and Raccoon Entry

Modern construction techniques create problems when rooflines are not properly sealed and soffits do not extend to the roof shingles. This creates an access point for many species of wildlife to enter the home and leads directly to the attic or soffit.

Many of these entry points are concealed from view, either by a connecting roofline that is not visible from the ground or hidden inside a gutter.

Properly sealed roof lines will prevent wildlife such as birds and squirrels from nesting as well as the added benefit of sealing the home from the elements. A properly sealed home will use less energy and save you money on utility bills.

Homes today have many features that are conducive to numerous openings. For example, if you have 4 dormers on your home, there could be 8 openings. Add to that the normal roof connections and it is not uncommon to have the potential for 12 or more openings...

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Small animals like squirrels and raccoons may seem harmless, but they can cause significant damage to your home. One of the most likely places they’ll damage is your roof. Animals like to make their homes on your roof, and they may even try to break through your roof and enter your warm home.

Fortunately, there are several steps that can help you keep animals away and prevent animal-related roof damage.

Common Types of Animal Roof Damage

A wide variety of small animals can wreak havoc on your roof. These animals include squirrels, mice, bats, birds, raccoons, possums, and mice. They may take up residence in your attic, gutters, or chimney.

These animals may cause any of the following types of damage:

Torn soffits. The soffit bridges the gap between your home’s siding and roofline, and it’s the first point of entry for many animals. Animals tear at the soffit until they create an opening. Broken shingles. Animals will do anything they can to enter...
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The roofline protects a property and, as home-owners, we know intuitively just how important a watertight roof is when buying a property. A thorough building roof report should confirm that a tiled roof has enough structural support & that the purlins & rafters are coping with the load imposed on them without sagging. The report should also confirm that there is no water penetration coming inside the rooms & there is adequate ventilation in roof spaces to prevent condensation.

So where does the roofline fit in?

“Roofline” is a generic term that refers to the area between the first tile on a pitched (sloping) roof and the back of a building’s wall cavity. The confusion exists because the elements that comprise the Roofline are used interchangeably. The four components are:

fascia boards soffits barge boards guttering

Here is a brief description of each element & the role it performs

The fascia is the outward-facing board that runs along...

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Here at Lifestyle we carefully carry out every roofline installation as we’re all too aware how much damage can occur to tiles, felt and timbers if installers aren’t proficient in this field. Damage to property by forcible fascia removal or even falling debris hitting parked cars and ground floor extension roof damage are some of the many horror stories we come across.

You can rest assured Lifestyle roofline installers are experienced tradesmen and will have all the correct access equipment to ensure your installation is carried out with the greatest of care.

Our roofline product range comprises of the following components:

Fascias – the boards that are fitted to the bottom edge of your roof at the front and rear of your property.
Their main role is to support the first row of tiles, provide gutter fixing and protect the roof rafter ends.

Fascias need to support a tile weight without warping, breaking or stressing under the strain. They have to be...

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The boards that run along the bottom edge of your roof where it comes into contact with the wall of your house are known as ‘roofline’. The roofline is made up of fascia and soffit and guttering elements.

They not only give your roof an attractive finish but shield the brickwork of your property from harsh weather conditions.

It is easy to overlook the roofline of your house but it can be the first place a leak will spring and should be checked regularly for repairs and cleaning. This area needs to be kept rot and decay-free in order to extend the service life expectancy of your roof.

Ploughcroft is happy to work with any material, including timber and cast aluminium, but we also recommend uPVC for that maintenance-free roofline that will keep you dry for many years. uPVC is a low maintenance roofline option (meaning you pay for less gutter repair services in the long-term) that has risen in popularity during the past two decades, incorporating...

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Some articles on roofline:

Retreat & Reflection Garden - Design

... It is hexagonal and has a


with flying eves tapering to a single point Entry Gate Entry Gate on street in Tongli Entry Hall Entry Hall and courtyard Guesthouse A six bay hall with full gable


... It has a front portico with hipped gable


and flying eves Lasting Spring and Moon Viewing Tower A two story six bay structure with front portico facing into the Reception ... The


is West Garden A Secular Boat A boat building on the pond Celestial Bridge An elevated covered corridor that connects the Soft Rain Brings Coolness Terrace and Hardship Tower ...

1960 Ford - 1962

... than to compete in stock car racing with the Club Victoria, which had a formal


... which was a Sunliner convertible with a removable roof with a curved


similar to the 1960–61 Starliner ... the stock Sunliner windows which did not fit the

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The presence of these nasty creatures in the attic is a common problem. The very first signs of infestation are the sounds of chirping and scratching, bumping and jumping from above the ceiling. We all believe that squirrels live somewhere off the ground, mainly in trees, but the reality is such that they never refuse from settling down in the attic.

The very first thing to do is stop worrying. There is the right solution to every problem. Secondly – look for advice how to prevent further infestation. Thirdly – learn the ways on eradicating those that have already entered your place. We hold all the information you need to know while coping with the situation.

Coping with Flying Squirrels in Attic

So, ask yourself ‘I have squirrels in my attic… How did they get in there? What should I do?’

There is no surprise they adore such places: they are dry, warm and are just perfect for nesting, storing foods and using all other benefits in a comfortable area...

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Good question!

The Roofline Boys are made up from a selection of purposely bred individuals, programmed to successfully fulfil every aspect of our roof line and cladding replacement business. Some of the Boys have been designed to be fantastic communicators (as well as highly skilled workers), eagerly waiting to answer our phones and deal with any questions or requests you may have. Others have been programmed to provide you with our high standards of workmanship and installations, working hard all day and keeping you up to speed on the progress of the job. The only malfunction we have yet to eliminate is the boys will occasionally have the need for tea. Providing this will ensure that they are fully functional until the end of the day.

Although The Boys have been programmed to carry a range of different work traits, there is one thing that we insist is hard coded into all which is to make your experience with us a remarkable...

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Our animal damage repairs exclusions Are Superior In Quality & Efficiency

Many of our technicians have long careers in carpentry and construction with a sound understanding on animal behavior and how they manage to find ways to get back into the crawlspace or under your deck. This first-hand experience is crucial in order to make the animal entry points bullet proof so that no other varmint can work its way back into your home. All of our animal damage repairs are guaranteed to last the test of time and are made with proven materials so they won’t fail or let pesky critters back into your ceiling, wall, or attic. Contact one of our Southwest Ohio Offices and ask to speak to someone about how our damage repair services are performed.

Call Barnes Wildlife Control now or for animal damage repair & exclusion services in the Ohio cities of Dayton, Centerville, Kettering, Beavercreek, Bellbrook, Miamisburg, Springboro, Troy, Greenville, Xenia, Oakwood, Tipp City, Vandalia,...

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When Urban Wildlife Control is explaining to new customers the most common animal entry point into attics, the terms fascia board and construction gap are used often.

Urban Wildlife Control Definitions

Construction Gap – inconsistencies left in homes during construction. The roof line is the most common area to find construction gaps.

The fascia board is described as “a face board”. On most homes, the best way to locate a fascia board is to locate your gutter system. Your gutters typically attach to the fascia, which in turn attaches to the soffit.

Opossums, raccoons, rats and squirrels often find the fascia/roofline construction gap and chew and gnaw the fascia board and roof board to gain access to your attic. Greater Atlanta homes will often have water damage and wood rot due to water leakage from this animal...

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- Here I am, doing my job as a nuisance wildlife control operator, up on a stepladder, bolting in a new vent cover to keep wildlife out. It's about more than just catching critters. In my opinion, the more important step is in preventing them from causing problems in the first place. This home had squirrels in the attic. They were able to enter the house via these vent holes in the soffit. The flimsy vent covers have rotted and fallen out over the years, and it's a very simple access point for squirrels and other animals. Squirrels can climb concrete walls like this, or just swing around from the roof and jump in. For added measure, the squirrels chewed some of the woodwork around the entrance hole. I'm not sure why squirrels often do this, even when there's enough space to easily enter. I suppose it's just part of their general rodent gnawing behavior, or perhaps an instinct to gnaw holes to get inside, even if there is enough space.

There were several such...

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Common Areas That Need To Be Rat-Proofed
Critical Considerations
• How Do You Know If You Have A Pack Rat In Your Attic?
• Entry Points
• Tile Roofs
• Examples Of Bad Exclusions

Be sure to check out the Gallery page to see more pictures of pack rats in areas that need to be rat-proofed.

Rats love enclosed spaces where they feel safe from predators. Unfortunately that means they often get into places where they don't belong and can do a great deal of damage. Trapping and exclusion (rat-proofing) is the best solution for keeping the rats out.

Common Areas That May Need To Be Rat-Proofed:

• Attics - An attic to a pack rat is simply a cave and a great place to live. Even homes with flat roofs have a small space between the roof and the ceiling where rats can live. Attics can be one of the most difficult rat-proofing situations we encounter and I devote a whole section to the...

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Here at Southern Wildlife Services, we specialize in nuisance wildlife removal and prevention. Once the unwanted guests are removed, fixing all entry points is a key step to prevent future problems. Our technicians are trained to identify all problem openings and repair these areas. We also remove any nesting, feces, and other debris that acts as “attractants”, drawing in more wildlife. It is imperative that all the attractants be eliminated, as well as the animal scent to ensure the problem is solved.

When dealing with wildlife in crawlspaces, several openings can exist. Typically, those openings consist of A/C unit flashings, loose or breached breezeway vents, or foundation holes. In some cases, crawlspace drainage pipes, and even malfunctioning crawlspace doors could provide wildlife with access. These openings are close to the ground and allow access for rodents and snakes as well as larger wildlife. If you are experiencing noises under your home or business, and find...

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