Common Entry Areas for Squirrels, Raccoons and More

Entry Areas for Squirrels, RaccoonsToday, Chimney Sweeps of America in Denver shares our insights on common entry areas for squirrels, raccoons and more. Knowing the ways these creatures can make their way into your home can help you quite a bit when it comes to keeping them out. Wild animals can be fun to watch and can even be entertaining when they are outside. But, if they gain access to your home, they can become a big problem very quickly.

Here are a few of the most common ways you can find yourself face to face with a wild animal in your living room.


Many wild animals are extraordinary climbers—squirrels and raccoons especially. Chimneys are an ideal entry point for these creatures. Bats are also attracted to your chimney. It can seem like a great location to roost. A great and easy way to keep such unwelcome creatures out of your chimney is to install a chimney cap. Many of these are steel mesh barriers that do a great job of keeping critters out. If you don’t have a chimney cap, now is the best time to take care of it.

Roof Vents

When it is cold, the warm air wafting from roof vents makes them prime entry areas for squirrels, raccoons and other animals. Small animals, like mice, are often the ones to find a way into your house using the roof vent. It is also important to know that squirrels will chew through a plastic roof vent pretty easily.

Because winter is yet to arrive, it may be too hot in your attic for animals, so have your attic and roof inspected for damage. If you are concerned that animals are still using your attic as their home, call a professional service, such as Chimney Sweeps of America in Denver to help you ensure that animals are removed from your attic.

Damaged Roof

Keep an eye out to see if you lose a few shingles during the coming winter. If so, you may have unwanted guests. Missing shingles make it much easier for raccoons and other animals to make their way inside your home. Because of this, you will want your roof repaired to avoid having animals take up residence.


The boards that support your house’s gutters are called fascia. Wooden fascia can be weakened by water damage. Eventually, if not repaired, an industrious squirrel can chew through the wood to gain entry. Keeping fascia in good shape is important. If a squirrel is using your fascia as a chew toy it may be best to install metal fascia.

Construction Gap

If you have a construction gap (a space along your roofline), it should be sealed with galvanized metal flashing. Sometimes, animals make their way in because the flashing is damaged or missing. Minding your construction gap will help keep the critters away.

If you find that animals are causing damage to your home, you may have an animal problem that we can solve. Contact us at Chimney Sweeps of America in Denver. We can help by finding common entry areas for squirrels, raccoons and more. Our experts will then remove any animals in and around your home, safely and humanely.

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