5 Common Roof Pests in the South

5 Common Roof Pests in the South

Living things have basic needs, including food, shelter and water. That goes for humans as well as critters such as squirrels, mice and even insects. Your home and the roof on top of it provide sufficient shelter for you and your family, but you may also be providing a home for roof pests. Learn more about common pests in the South and what you can do to keep them from damaging your roof.

Two eastern gray squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis) survey the landscape from the gutter on the roof of a house in Joliet, Illinois.

Squirrels, Rats, Bats and Raccoons

Because eaves and attics are seldom visited by humans and predators, many furry invaders like to use them as nesting sites. According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI), these pests look for areas that look weak and easy to puncture, such as decayed roof sheathing. Once they find a spot, they'll chew through it to get inside your home, where they can build a nest for their young. Not only do they cause damage to your home, they often carry diseases and bacteria that can be harmful to your health.

Carpenter Ants

Don't confuse carpenter ants with the ants that spoil your picnics. Carpenter ants build their nests in wood, which can spell trouble for your roof and other areas of your home. According to building expert Bob Vila, carpenter ants are attracted to moist structures, such as a leaking roof or chimney, or the area around a bathtub or window. Fixing any leaks in your roof and restoring any damaged shingles or flashing will help reduce the chance of carpenter ants calling your home theirs.

Several carpenter eastern subterranean termites on wood


Termites can also invade your home and cause damage to wood. The location of termites and the type of damage they cause varies based on the type of termite. Three types of termites can be found throughout Georgia and other areas of the south. Drywood termites are most likely to cause damage to a roof since they typically make their nests under wooden shingles or beneath the eaves.

Bees and Wasps

According to InterNACHI, bees and wasps are the most common types of roof pests. The trouble with bees and wasps isn't only that they can sting you. As the stinging insects build up their hives, the weight from the nests can put pressure on the roof or walls, causing damage.

Bird on the roof


Birds can also cause damage to your roof in several ways. Bird droppings are usually somewhat acidic and can wear down the surface of your roof's shingles over time. A family of birds might also build a nest on your roof or in the gutters, keeping water from properly draining away.

If you suspect that a pest problem is causing or contributing to damage on your roof, eliminating the pest is the first step. Next, you'll want to repair your roof to prevent further damage. To learn more about roof repairs, contact Findlay Roofing today.

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