Monthly Archive for: "August, 2013"

Lack of Maintenance Leads to Pest Problems and Damage


Typical holes created by bad trades people and wildlife

Maintenance, or lack of it, is one of the largest reasons why animals are able to find their way into your home. Presently, we are working a building in Toronto, where very little building maintenance has been done in the past ten years.

Mortar has fallen out, flashing is popping out of place, caulking has dried out, shingles have blown off and eve troughs blocked and in disrepair. Now this GTA building is having all sort of problems animals like with raccoons, mice, bats, and insects. There are even several places where rain and the elements are entering the walls and roof.

This photo shows a rotting board that was replaced by “a handyman”with a board of the wrong size. On top of that, it was never properly sealed. With a little bit of chewing by the raccoons, the hole was easily made larger, providing them with a front door to a lovely sheltered home in the fascia and soffit. These holes also provided easy access for the other pests that are plaguing the building.

Our job on this home will be to seal all of the holes and exclude the raccoons and bats. The mice will be trapped, and ensure that rain water can not enter the building.

For property owners looking to avoid similar issues, it would be wise to have an inspection on their building at least once a year to ensure there are no problems and protect their investment. It is also important to make sure that any repairs done by construction professionals are inspected to ensure that problems aren’t aggravated instead of resolved.

If you have recently had work done on your property and are hoping to find out whether or not it can withstand the animals, I am always available for inspections.