This type of raccoon activity has a negative impact on both the structural integrity and safety of a property. The damages caused by raccoons can be extensive and costly, ranging from torn or soiled attic insulation, to ripped floor boards, stained ceilings and walls, chewed electrical wiring, and more. One of the most common areas for raccoons to invade are attics, because they are easily accessible from the roof. Continue reading to learn three of the most common entry points on a roof, and better protect your property from raccoon damages.
▲ Dormer Eaves
Dormer eaves are basically the area of the roof that hangs over the side of the house or building. The opening that is exposed on the side is covered with a soffit of some sort, to keep animals out and for aesthetic purposes. When a rooftop extends a little beyond the side of the property like this, it creates a perfect and highly-appealing cubby hole for raccoons. And since they are clever mammals with extremely dexterous paws, they can easily rip off the soffit and gain entry into this area. Once they are inside the dormer, they can simply tear through the insulation and get inside the attic.
▲ Roof Line Transitions and Roof Vents
Not all properties have dormer eaves, so raccoons use another common roof area to access attics. When roofs are not entirely flat, they have different shapes and heights. In these places, the roof line changes and transitions into another part of the roof. Here at these gaps of roof are where raccoons enter a home or building. Roof vents are a favorite for raccoons because they are just basically holes in a roof. And for raccoons, that means doorways into an attic. They can easily rip off or pry through roof vents and get inside the attic. If you notice signs of damage to your roof vents, it is a sure sign of attempted or successful raccoon entry.
Not all properties have chimneys either; but the ones that do are easy targets for nuisance wildlife, especially raccoons. Chimneys can be a source of easy access for raccoons if the proper preventative measures are not taken. Raccoons can easily climb up and down the flue, so they will almost always try the chimney first for quick entry into a home or property. If you do not keep the flue closed, or invest in a steel chimney cap, you could allow raccoons inside too.