Have you spotted some raccoons on your roof recently? Why would they be strolling upon your roof all the time? It is definitely not because they have found a food source on it or use your roof as a play location. The most likely reason is they are living in your attic. Easily noticeable thanks to a black mask and a tail which has rings, raccoons are nocturnal animals which love to break into homes and eat anything they come across. They are omnivorous so their diet covers a wide range of food types. Raccoons can establish a home in your attic by breaking in through the soffit. How is this possible and why do they choose this location? Read on to learn more.
What is the soffit?
The soffit is the surface at the bottom of your house eave. Soffits are mostly made of vinyl or aluminum. They are constructed in a track design and are held in place by J-channels that are fixed to the eave and wall too. It is important to note that there are homes which have soffits made of wood. In most cases, soffits have some ventilation in place. It takes the form of perforated aluminum, a strip of screen along the soffit’s length or vents which are separately positioned in the wood. Soffits are generally vulnerable to entry by animals. Since they lead right into the attic, animals love to use the soffits to enter and live in your house. One of these animals is the raccoon. So how do raccoons use the soffit to get into your house? Read on to discover more.
How raccoons get into your house using the soffit
Most soffits are made of flimsy aluminum or vinyl. Hence, raccoons simply tear them right open. They can also chew, break or claw open the screens on the soffit. In other cases, the raccoons can access your house through the area where the roof and soffit meet. In most cases, this spot is not sealed properly. Thus, a raccoon can also use this space to get into your attic. Once inside, it quickly builds a nest.
If you hear some scratching or cooing in your attic, you definitely have a resident racoon. Do not attempt to get rid of it on your own. Simply call a pest control expert to come over and remove the raccoon and her nest of babies. The professional will also seal any areas in the soffit which have been destroyed by the raccoon. This prevents further infestation of your attic.