Common Wildlife Entry Points on Homes

I wanted to share the most common wildlife entry points we see on homes that allow wildlife access into your homes. We have seen wildlife use common weaknesses in current construction methods or common shortcuts by contractors to gain entry. We would like to show each type we commonly encounter in hopes to help you recognize if you have an issue at your home. If you recognize an issue at your own home the sooner you contact us the quicker we can correct the issues while minimizing the damages caused by wildlife.

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Common Entry with Vinyl Soffit Materials

 Construction Gaps

The most common entry is called a construction gap which is an issue left behind by contractors who rush or cut corners by using undersized materials for fascia boards allowing a gap that wildlife can chew to gain access inside your attic.

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Common Entry points for Wildlife.

 

Soffit Returns

Soffit returns are an area where the soffit ends into the roofing materials. This allows the wildlife a sheltered area which they can hide and chew the soffit material to gain access in your attic. The most common issues with soffit return chew ins is the home owner will try to seal the area with foam or hire a general contractor who will also seal the area with foam. This will work for about 5 minutes or until the squirrel wants out or back in. As seen below this Soffit return was repaired by a contractor with foam insulation and the squirrels chewed back in.

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Common attempted repairs we find.

Chewing Electrical Systems

Now when the wildlife gains access inside your home the most common issues are chewing and feces that lead to bacteria and molds in your home. Now the photo below was taken at a home in Newnan, GA and the squirrels chewed everything electrical they could find. This is a picture of the service entrance cable outside the home.

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Squirrel Damage to Service Entrance Cable

 

Build up of Flammable Nesting Materials

 

The most common nesting materials for wildlife is dry flammable material like straw and leaves and fabrics they scavenge from your attic or yard. They will build these materials up into a nest which if electrical wires in the attic are close by may lead to fires in your attic. This is the primary reason we work so hard to remove any wildlife from your attic. We understand the noises keep you awake at night, however its the health and fire hazards that keep up working so diligently.

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Squirrel Nesting Material

 

 

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