Raccoons are excellent climbers, powerful, have nimble hand and no problem entering any attic they choose. If there's an easy and obvious way in, they will find it. Easy climbing access, such as trees adjacent to the house, also increases the chances of critter entry. The most popular entry area is where an eave meets up against the roof of a home. Homebuilders do not secure soffits to the roof and are only interested in keeping water out, and ventilation, but do not account animal entry. Unsecured roof vents or dislodged shingles can lead right into the attic without much effort.
Here are some tips for preventing raccoons around your home:
- Keep bird feeders and garbage cans inside at night. Don’t leave pet food outside. Clean up fruit from around fruit trees and ensure the compost is secure from raccoon access.
- Trim overhanging tree limbs to prevent easy access to your roof.
- Ensure there are no unsecured access points to attics, chimneys, garages, or sheds as raccoons will readily make themselves at home in a warm, sheltered space.