How do squirrels and chipmunks can get into houses?

As wildlife experts, we have noticed that these unwelcomed little guests can enter our homes from rather unusual places. As rodents, squirrels and chipmunks, among others, can show great ingenuity to come and nest clandestinely in your house. Here are some ways these rodents can get in:


By different kinds of vents
(roof, gable, attic, dryer, wall, plumbing)

Vents are holes or openings made on the roof or walls to evacuate moisture and heat (attic, roof, dryer vents) or to ensure air circulation (wall vents, ventilation pipes for plumbing). If these openings are not adequately screened, squirrels can use them to sneak into a house.

By roof edge

Roof edges are places where snow and rainwater can accumulate due to the presence of gutters, snow banks or vegetation. As a result of this accumulation of water, the roof edges remain wet longer than other parts of the house, causing them to deteriorate more quickly. As the surface is more damaged, squirrels can chew on it much more easily to make their own entrance.

By roof-soffit intersections

The place where the roof and soffits meet can be a good place for squirrels to enter, as they can take advantage of the space created to sneak into the attic.

By chimneys

Uncapped Chimneys can be the perfect place for squirrels to pay you an unwanted visit. Make sure your chimney is well protected!

They can enter through holes made by other animals or birds

If you have already been visited by animals or birds and the holes they have made in your walls or roof have not been filled, squirrels could take the opportunity to nest in your home!

They can enter through holes they create themselves

Despite all these protective measures, with their rodent teeth, squirrels can still chew your walls to make their own entrance.

But if you suspect that squirrels are already inside your house or that they are already using one of these entry points as a nest, do not block it! This could cause more harm than good, especially if the squirrel remains trapped in its nest.

In any case, you can trust the Capital Wildlife Control's expert advice!
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