The drip edge is perhaps the most important part of your home and the only part of a house that absolutely no one seems to be aware of. The sad truth is that if you have never built a house, or had a house built, its unlikely that you will know about any of the basic aspects of the house that are not blatantly aesthetic. Everyone knows about siding and brick, about foundations and shingles, but do they know how a roof is built? Do they know what fascia is and what the soffit is? Do they know about the drip edge vents, about a 3/4” wide to allow airflow into the attic? No, they often don’t. This is why you need to start educating yourself on the structure of your home. With a few simple tips and some elbow grease, you can have a home that is all but impervious to animal intrusion. The topic today is the drip edge vents and how they can allow intrusion by wild animals, and especially, pests like the carpenter bee.
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The carpenter bee can easily enter through the 3/4” drip edge vent and enter the inner structure of the house where they can go buck wild making nest after nest while never being known. By the time you find out they where even there your home will be permanently harmed and the cost of repair will be mind-boggling. Tens of thousands of dollars is the cost of fixing a serious carpenter bee infestation and the drip edge is their favourite place to enter.
Squirrels, being very small and lithe are also a kind of wildlife that can easily enter the attic through the drip edge vent. It’s a bit more of a process as the carpenter bee can simply fly in through the existing vent structure the squirrel will need to make some modifications to the roof to enter the attic. The squirrel will first have to get rid of some shingles, not a hard job for a squirrel, they will then have to chew through the barrier between the shingles and the wood that makes the roof. Once the squirrel has chewed through that, and note, that have only had to rip off one shingle and chew through one layer of plastic so far. That should terrify you. After that, entrance into the attic is a matter of climbing through a tight gap. Once she is in there, that’s it. Squirrels generally enter attics for one reason, and one reason only, to give birth and raise their children to mobility. If you get a squirrel in your attic and it gives birth you will need to hunker down for 3 weeks because it’s not going anywhere.