Animal And Insect Issues


What’s wrong with this picture? If you said the chimney is missing a chimney cap, you’re right! Such a simple, inexpensive fix. However, if this is left like this, you could be facing one or more of the following issues: Chimney caps keep out birds, BATS, squirrels, and other small rodents. If something crawls into …

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missing chimney cover

Spring Has Sprung – Time for A Trim

It sure is beautiful in North Carolina this time of year. Everything is in bloom, it’s not too hot out (yet), and the clouds of pollen have started to subside. Now that the trees and shrubs all have their leaves, it is easy to spot the ones that are overhanging your roof and touching your …

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foliage on the roof

The Things We Find in Attics

Look who I found behind that screen, tucked away in an attic far from prying eyes. Can you tell by the outline of its pointy little ears? It strikes fear in the hearts (and wallets) of homeowners everywhere … bats. Now bats in the wild are an extremely important part of our ecosystem and play …

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bat in the attic

How NOT to SupPort Your Home…

  This is definitely NOT what you want to see when entering a crawl space. Nearly all of the beams and joists in this home were being supported by very unstable “piers” that have been cobbled together using bricks and other materials (including a doorstop!). These are  temporary fixes at best and very dangerous, as …

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mold in crawl space doherty

Gap in the Attic

This home had a significant – but not obvious from the outside – gap in the attic. I discovered it during the home inspection and made sure to alert my client, the buyer. Gaps like this are an easy entryway for animals and insects like bats, squirrels, birds, hornets, etc. If a bat colony decides …

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structural holes
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