Pests and wildlife can wreak havoc on your home's exterior, building nests and causing damage to the exterior and interior structure of your home's aluminum or vinyl siding. When you find that a pest has made a nest within your home's protective exterior, you will need to remove them as soon as possible and clean up any damage and residue they leave behind. Here are some tips to help you get your home's roof and overhang back into good repair.
Wild animals such as birds, squirrels, and mice and pests such as wasps and hornets can find access into your roof overhang through any small gap where they can cause damage. When wasps or hornets makes a nest behind your soffit, the nest will grow larger, and they may eventually find their way into your attic and home interior. Birds and other small animals can also find a way into these small areas, leaving droppings and mites that can spread disease.
Although pests gaining access and living behind your overhang or similar area will cause damage to your home, you want to first remove them from the area. The best way to do this is to call a professional pest control service. A pest control professional will safely get out any small animals living in the space, or effectively kill all wasps or hornets to keep you safe from being stung.
The cost of the extermination service will depend on the location of the pest problem and how difficult it is for the pest control professional to remove it. The average cost to remove a wasp nest from your home is anywhere from $90 to $450. As an example, if you have a wasp nest under the soffit of your three-story home and the nest is far back under the eaves, the extermination will cost more than if the nest is on a one-story home and located in a visible spot outside of the soffit.
If a wasp or hornet nest has become large, it may be recommended for the pest exterminator to remove the nest and any dead insects, as these can cause new infestations to occur. Nest removal may be necessary for you to put your roof overhang back into place, especially when the nest has pushed your siding material out of place.
Repair Soffit and Fascia
After you have removed the pests, it is important to properly seal up the area and repair the exterior of your home so another type of pest does not take up residence. Once a pest has found its way into the exterior of your home, a new pest will quickly take its place after the space has been vacated, unless you seal it up.
First, determine what has caused a gap to appear in your home's soffit or fascia to allow a pest inside. This can be wind damage that has dislodged the fascia or exterior force on the fascia that has pulled it away from the house, allowing the soffit to loosen and fall, creating an opening.
It is likely that either one or both areas of the material of your home's fascia or soffit have become damaged, been dislodged, or are missing, so next, you will need to reattach them into place or replace them entirely. These can be reattached onto your home's roof overhang using screws to hold them in place.
Check with a local roofing or home improvement store to find matching replacement sections of soffits and fascias, which usually come in several sizes depending on the structure of your roof overhang. You can also hire a roofing professional from a company like Dayton Roofing and Remodeling to remove and replace the necessary soffit panels and fascia lengths to match your home's existing materials. Be sure that they also replace any gutters that were damaged during the extermination and cleanup.