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Unwanted Guests: How Animals Find Their Way Into Attics and How to Stop Them

Oct 12, 2023

As the temperatures drop and the leaves begin to fall, attics become prime targets for various wildlife seeking warmth and shelter. These intruders, ranging from squirrels to raccoons, have remarkable abilities to infiltrate your home’s attic through cunning methods. In this blog post, we will delve into the ways animals find their way into attics and provide insights into effective measures you can take to prevent their entry.

Access Points and Vulnerabilities

Animals are remarkably adept at exploiting weaknesses in a home’s exterior. Here’s how they often find their way into attics:

Gaps and Cracks: Small openings in your home’s walls, roof, and foundation can provide easy access points for animals. These creatures can squeeze through surprisingly tight spaces.

Overhanging Branches: Trees with branches that hang over your roof offer animals a convenient pathway to access the attic. Squirrels and raccoons, in particular, are skilled climbers.

Unsealed Vents and Chimneys: Animals may slip into attics through unsecured vents, chimneys without caps, or damaged openings.

Soffits and Eaves: Broken or weak soffits and eaves can become entry points for animals, as they can gnaw through these areas to gain access.

Animal Abilities and Behavior

Understanding the capabilities and behavior of the animals seeking refuge in attics can shed light on how they gain entry:

Climbing Skills: Squirrels, raccoons, and rodents possess excellent climbing skills, enabling them to scale walls and even leap onto roofs from nearby trees.

Gnawing Abilities: Rodents like mice and rats have strong teeth that grow continuously. They gnaw on various materials, including wood and wires, to create openings.

Opportunism: Animals are opportunistic and will exploit any available openings, no matter how small, to find warmth, food, and shelter.

Navigational Instincts: Bats are adept flyers with an incredible sense of echolocation. They can squeeze through openings as small as a quarter-inch, guided by their impressive navigational abilities.

There are measures you can take to prevent entry of unwanted wildlife in your home. To learn more, read this blog (Hyperlink to the Fall Blog 1 article.) But if you think you may already have intruders, it’s time to call in the experts! Or maybe you just want to make sure and can’t get up on those roof’s yourself and would like to schedule an inspection.  We are available 24 hours a day, so contact us anytime at 224-431-7956. And to make sure you rest easy; our work is guaranteed by a renewable one-year warranty after the work is completed. For daily tips and information on keeping your home wildlife free, visit us on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter.