4 Ways Pests Can Enter Your Home

Damaged fascia on home
Look around your home (every inch) and there’s a good chance you’ll find a location where pests can enter.

While getting your home ready for winter, you’ll want to take steps to prevent pests from entering the house as they flee cold weather.

Here are four access points to seal before the onset of winter.

Gutters filled with fallen leaves
Before the winter chill arrives, check your roof’s shingles and repair any damaged ones.

1. Roof

Your roof should be inspected every year to check for broken or missing shingles, damaged downspouts and chimney boot disrepair.

Any of these problems could lead to an opening in your home’s ceilings or siding, especially if these areas are compromised.

Insects often build nests during the summer in areas near roof access points, and some species enter the home and remain hidden in walls while building larger nests or hives.

Birds and bats may nest in the chimney, so it is important to have an effective chimney cap in place and to keep the flue closed during cold weather except when using the fireplace.

Damaged foundation
It’s easy to see how pests could enter this home’s damaged foundation. (DepositPhotos)

2. Foundation

Walk around your home to study the foundation. Look for cracks, chips and openings that could lead into the residence.

Patch these entry points to keep mice, rats and small insects from burrowing into your basement when the temperatures drop.

Inspecting the foundation is important for another reason: no water should pool around your home, or it could weaken the foundation.


  1. Also good to keep in mind is that your homeowners insurance may not cover claims for damage caused by animals making their way in or nesting!

  2. What can you do for squirrels getting into the attic? Are there easy ways to keep them out? I have read that using apple cider vinegar keeps them out because they do not like the smell or peppermint oil does the same.


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