Many consumers want to know how did raccoons get in the attic of my house. There is a lot of frustration, anger and even concern about the animals themselves. Bottom line is that you really need to get them out before they do a lot of damage. But first we will talk about how these smart crafty animals can find their way into just about any building. Once they are on the roof, getting into the attic is a simple issue for them. They just push the soffit up as shown in this picture and crawl in. Once they are in they are free to roam anywhere in your attic and will usually set up a den in a corner somewhere, preferably a warm corner if it is winter time. Getting onto the roof is also not an issue. A close tree is the easiest, climbing up brick walls is also no problem. If they can get access to your roof via a tree or climbing the wall, then there is a good chance that you will have raccoons in your attic sometime.
How did Raccoons Get in the Attic of My House – what to do
Once they are in you have to get them out quickly before they do more damage, before they leave urine all over the place and before they leave raccoon scat or poop in your attic. They could also have babies inside the attic and then it is very difficult to get rid of them until the babies are old enough to travel on their own.
The best way to get rid of them once they are in your attic is to install a one way trap door over the entrance so they can get out but not back in. It is made of wire mesh and screw nailed into the roof. Once they are out, replace the trap door with heavy gauge wire mesh so they can never get into your attic at that location. Also place wire mesh over all other potential entrances as well.