How Are Squirrels Getting In My House?

September 23, 2019

Honestly, most of the time squirrels get a bad rap. They are fun to watch with their death defying leaps, haphazard climbing, and crazy antics. Unfortunately, though, once these critters make their way into a residential home or commercial property, they stop being fun and become a major headache. 

We often get calls from clients complaining about hearing scratching, scurrying, clawing, or other weird noises coming from the attic or even crawl spaces in their homes. First of all, you are not losing your mind. You are not hearing things. You probably have a squirrel in your home. 

Squirrels are a real nuisance to homeowners, business owners, and anyone who has the misfortune of finding that one (or more) have taken up residence in your home or place of business. Squirrels can cause considerable damage when they make their nest inside a roof, in an attic, basement, garage, or crawlspace. 

They are excellent chewers and are notorious for chewing their way into buildings in a dogged manner, as they love being inside buildings. Once they gain entrance, they go on to create a mess with their constant gnawing on structures and fittings. Squirrels generally constitute a huge nuisance for many homeowners, as they can be heard scurrying, chattering, and upturning things in your attic all day.

How are these critters gaining entrance into your home? Most wildlife experts believe that there are several possibilities for entry points for these daredevil and curious animals. 


One of the most obvious points of entry for a squirrel is the chimney. Uncapped chimneys are an open invitation for squirrels. Many times squirrels will get stuck in a chimney and wind up scurrying up to try to get out, or down, into your home, only to make a huge mess. 


Most homes have several different types of vents that help maintain the health of the home or business. There are roof vents, wall vents, and gable vents that could be an access point for squirrels. A specialist can inspect your openings to see if they could possibly be the location where the squirrels are getting into your home. 

Roof-Soffit Intersections

Roof-soffit intersections are most often found where two roofs meet. At these points, shingles from the lower roof meet with the soffit from the upper section. When soffits are installed they often fail to meet flush with the shingle below. The resulting gap allows squirrels to run straight into your attic.

Do you have issues with squirrels getting into your home or business? Pest-End Exterminators can help you quickly locate the point of entry, remove the critters, and exclude them from future entry. Call Pest-End Exterminators now at 1-800-287-4321, 603-382-9644, or 978-794-4321. 


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