How do Raccoons Get into My Attic?

As excellent climbers with nimble hands, it’s very easy for critters as capable as raccoons to make their way into your attic. With a variety of access points available, raccoons can enter almost any home of their choosing. If you have raccoons wandering around your Tampa neighborhood, it’s best to know the typical ways they get into your attic so you can protect your home.

  • Damage to roof or walls. Since raccoons are quite strong for their size, they can easily rip open already damaged roofs. With weak soffits and walls, raccoons can use their little thumbs and strong teeth to chew through and gain access to your attic. If you’ve seen raccoons around your home recently, we recommend that you check the durability of your roof.
  • Open vent or chimney. If you have any opening on your roof, like a vent or chimney, raccoons can gain access to your home. It is surprising how small of openings raccoons can squeeze through. They also use their hands to make openings wide enough to enter easily. Using a protective mesh can help keep them out of vents and chimneys.
  • Easy accessibility. If tall objects surround your home that raccoons can climb, like poles or trees, these masked critters will be more attracted to your home. Although you cannot move telephone poles or street lamps farther from your home, you can trim down trees and remove any branches that are close to your roof to help prevent curious raccoons from climbing and exploring the weak points around your home.

Expert Removal Service

At Critter Control® Tampa, we’ve created a proven four-step process that will quickly and safely get all unwanted critters out of your home. Our tactics involve inspecting your home to locate the infestation and working with you to come up with the best plan to get rid of them. From there, we’ll remove the animals from your home and restore any damages they may have made. Finally, we’ll make sure they cannot re-enter by sealing any crack or holes they used to get in. To set up your free consultation with one of our friendly technicians, call us today at 813.948.0870.