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polaris 09-17-2011 10:23 PM

Question for the experts-
 
I was finding little balls of pink attic insulation on the deck.
At first I thought something was getting under the deck into the walls. I finally figured out that they were rolling off the roof. I took some binoculars and found a hole under one of the plastic ridge vents and I could see pink insulation at the entrance to this hole. There is no insulation on the inside side of the roof just plywood. The nearest insulation is 12 ft below above the interior ceiling.
So what animal or bird is this behavior characteristic of?
What would be going in there and going down and bringing the insulation back up to the hole with them? I'm not sure if they were carrying the insulation out with them or trying to block the hole up with it, or just had it on them when exiting and pieces ended up at the entrance that way.
I first saw these insulation balls on the deck in the spring.(At that time I didn't know where they were coming from). Then nothing all summer. Then when fall hit a few weeks ago I saw the insulation ball on the deck again and figured out where they were coming from. I live in southern Wisconsin. I have not noticed any noises coming from the attic or ceiling. At night it's pretty quiet and since I figured out where "it" was getting in I have been sort of listening for something. I have been in the attics and haven't really seen anything. But that part of the attic below the hole is a sunroom and it's roof is perpendicular to the main roof, and as such is closed off from the main attic by the main roof's plywood.
Here is a picture of the intrusion location. You may be able to see the insulation in the hole if you look closely.
So what do you think is going in here. Does the seasonal nature of this tell anything?
http://i1142.photobucket.com/albums/...pro1/photo.jpg

oh'mike 09-18-2011 04:25 AM

Mice or small birds---birds most likely---I, However,am not an expert---just been around for a while--Mike---

chrisn 09-18-2011 06:24 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by oh'mike (Post 730506)
Mice or small birds---birds most likely---I, However,am not an expert---just been around for a while--Mike---

Nice way of saying we are just plain old:laughing:

I would guess mice before birds, but again I am no expert but I also have "been around awhile":wink:

oh'mike 09-18-2011 06:32 AM

You and I were born the same year----I was once told I looked 'weathered'

epson 09-18-2011 07:06 AM

My guess would be squirrels

polaris 09-18-2011 10:41 AM

So why would there be 1/2 inch balls of insulation at the hole, 12ft above any source of insulation?

epson 09-18-2011 10:44 AM

They are probably making a nest.

chrisn 09-18-2011 04:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by oh'mike (Post 730531)
You and I were born the same year----I was once told I looked 'weathered'

That's a nice way of putting it.:whistling2:

chrisn 09-18-2011 04:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by epson (Post 730536)
My guess would be squirrels

mine too:thumbsup:

oh'mike 09-18-2011 05:13 PM

Has anyone gone up in the attic and looked??

picflight 09-18-2011 05:20 PM

I would suspect spiders.
I have been around for a while, not too old and an expert. :-)

oh'mike 09-18-2011 05:24 PM

The OP is still waiting for a 'balls of insulation' expert.

kwikfishron 09-18-2011 05:26 PM

It really doesn’t matter which critter is stealing your insulation, your ridge vent has been breached.

If your not comfortable on the roof and don’t want to DIY then call a roofer.

polaris 09-18-2011 05:31 PM

oh'mikeThanks for the reply.
As stated in the OP I have been in the attics numerous times, BUT-

....I have been in the attics and haven't really seen anything. But that part of the attic below the hole is a sunroom and it's roof is perpendicular to the main roof, and as such is closed off from the main attic by the main roof's plywood...

Also, as you say, I am hoping someone else has had this experience with the insulation at the hole, and could help me with what type problem I am combating.

Thanks

polaris 09-18-2011 05:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kwikfishron (Post 730915)
It really doesnít matter which critter is stealing your insulation, your ridge vent has been breached.

If your not comfortable on the roof and donít want to DIY then call a roofer.

Bats are nocturnal, Flying squirrels are nocturnal, chipmunks Diurnal, Birds diurnal, Squirrels Diurnal, etc.
So it does matter on when to close the "breach",
otherwise I will have created another problem.


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