How Do Squirrels Get In Your Home?

Squirrel on Roof

Squirrels can cause a ton of damage if they’re ever able to weasel their way into your home. They can chew through wires, leave droppings all over the place, and make nests that can turn into fire hazards. It’s why it’s important for you to try to prevent squirrels from working their way into your house in the first place. Here are a few of the most common ways squirrels sneak into homes.

Through holes in the edges of roofs

No matter how diligent you are about cleaning out your gutters and trying to prevent water from building up in them, it’s not uncommon for some moisture to come into contact with the wooden fascia boards located near the edge of your roof. When this happens, it can weaken the fascia boards and make it easy for squirrels to chew through them and get into your attic space.

Through roof vents

Do you have plastic or aluminum vents on your roof that are designed to provide your attic with ventilation? These are essential for your attic, but they can also provide squirrels with a place to gain access to your home. They’ll sometimes chew right through these roof vents when they feel warm air coming from your attic.

Through chimneys

If you have a chimney, it should have a cap on the top of it that keeps squirrels and other critters out. But if that cap ever falls off or sustains damage, squirrels might be able to get into them and climb down into your home. Squirrels can also get stuck in chimneys if they have smooth steel or clay lining the inside of the flues in them. This could force you to call a professional to help you get the squirrels out of your chimney.

Are there squirrels in your attic, your chimney, or the walls of your home? Critter Capture can help you get them out and keep them out from now on. Call us at 251-680-5068 today if you suspect that you might have unwelcome guests living in your house.