As the temperatures drop this winter, you may have to worry about pests invading your home. Your attic provides a tempting place for squirrels and raccoons to get comfortable, especially if they have babies coming and they need to build a nest!

But why is your attic such a draw for them?

Why squirrels & raccoons will choose your attic:

It’s warm

Especially in winter months, these pests are looking for somewhere warm to call home. While neither actually hibernates, they do try to stock up food so they don’t have to go outside when it is very cold out.

It’s safe

Being able to stay out of sight of predators is of utmost importance to squirrels & raccoons, particularly in the winter when their ability to hide in trees is decreased. Attics are also high off the ground and difficult to get into for larger pests, so they feel safer.

It’s quiet

Mid-winter is prime nesting season for squirrels & raccoons, so they are looking for somewhere dark and quiet to build a nest to have babies.

It’s easy to get into

Attic entry points are often overlooked by homeowners and since squirrels can squeeze through very small openings, your attic is a prime destination for them.

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The most common ways a squirrel or raccoon will enter your attic:

Roof vents. These vents let off warm air so they are basically calling to animals that are cold outside. Both squirrels and raccoons are chewers so it is easy for them to chew through plastic and aluminum to get in.
Solution: install a mesh grate under the vent cover to prevent entry

Chimneys. If your chimney is uncapped and made of brick this is a prime location for them to nest or break into your attic. The brick helps them climb up and down with ease and it can be difficult to get them out.
Solution: Install a mesh cap on your chimney to prevent entry.

The edge of your roof. The angle of this area and the likelihood of accumulated snow and debris having softened the material underneath means pests can get a good position to chew a hole in your roof.
Solution: Clear your gutters often and watch for signs of holes.

Wall vents. These vents sit on the side of your house and mimic a tree cavity, so make for a prime spot for a squirrel. And because they are likely plastic they are easy to chew through.
Solution: cover with wire mesh to prevent entry.

Squirrels and raccoons are cute to look at, but a pest you don’t want in your attic!

Sure, they seem cute and cuddly but these pests can wreak havoc on your home. Their need to chew means that your wiring, insulation and structure are all at risk if they get comfortable in your attic. Not to mention that the sounds they can make while running around, chewing and nesting can get rather annoying!

If you have an unwanted guest in your attic and aren’t sure how to remove it yourself, the best solution is to call a reputable pest removal company to give you a hand. Don’t forget, they are wild animals, after all!