5 Home Entry Waypoints Critters Sneak Into
Raccoons, similar to most other wild animals, are opportunists. They’re capable of taking advantage of even the smallest hole or structural weakness to chew, scratch, and squeeze their way into your home. Though their cute appearance suggests otherwise, raccoons are not meant to live happily ever after amongst homeowners. So, the most important step in keeping your home raccoon-free is securing weak areas against future intrusions. The best place to start is by performing a complete inspection of your home’s exterior, including the roof. Every house is unique, which is one of the many reasons why it is important to have your home inspected by an experienced wildlife professional.
A trained wildlife specialist will be able to recognize potential points of entry as well how to secure them to protect your home. Over our 25+ years of experience, we have seen and repaired every type of raccoon entry hole imaginable.
This post will cover several of the most common ways critters can get into your home.
Roof Soffit Intersections
Raccoons are often able to enter your house through roof-soffit intersections (RSI). A roof-soffit intersection refers to any area on your roof where the soffit rests just above a section of the roof. Typically, these sections are located where an upper and lower roof meet and make for an ideal entry point (for animals besides raccoons too). Raccoons use the roof for leverage and open flimsy soffits made from thin aluminum or plastic. Once the soffit is opened, they can easily gain access to the entire attic.
Edge Of The Roof
The edge of your roof is a particularly vulnerable area for raccoon intrusion. Specifically, you should keep an eye on where the eaves trough meets the house. The eaves trough is designed so that all rain and melted snow on the roof must pass through. High amounts of moisture, as well as continuous freezing and thawing deteriorate this area of the roof faster than any other section. Opportunistic raccoons easily chew and tear away any rotted wood to gain access to the attic.
Raccoons have been known to take advantage of roof vents to enter homes. Roof vents are designed to allow air circulation within your attic; however, raccoons have the ability to fee the air escaping from the attic. Once they feel this air, they become intrigued and attempt to destroy the vent cover so they can access the warmth inside. Again, plastic or aluminum vent covers are no matches for powerful raccoons.
ChimneysMother raccoons view the bottom of your chimney as an ideal place to nurse babies, which makes sense. Chimneys mimic the feeling of a hollowed out tree cavity, allowing mature raccoons to simply shimmy up and down in search of shelter and protection during the colder months. Once they’re inside, raccoons will make their home on top your fireplace’s damper. Fortunately, you can purchase HYC Brand chimney caps from Wildlife Control Services to prevent raccoons from getting inside.
On most homes, there are cylindrical vents on the roof, which connect to your plumbing system. These cylindrical vents act as an exhaust for sewer gases (which is why your house does not smell after consistent bathroom usage).
When a plumbing vent is initially installed, a contractor will cut through the roof to extend the pipe outside. To make it easier to run the plumbing, the hole in the roof is usually cut much larger than the pipe. Following this, the open space is then covered with a rubber matting. Unfortunately, raccoons can pull and tear at this mat to squeeze themselves into the attic through the hole underneath.
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