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Soffits

Photo: Laura Kammin
Hole in soffit. Soffits should be checked regularly and any holes repaired. Soffits damaged by the weather make it easy for wildlife to expand small holes into large ones.
Soffits should be checked regularly and any holes repaired. Soffits damaged by the weather make it easy for wildlife to expand small holes into large ones.

 

Photo: Laura Kammin
Weather damaged soffits are readily used by raccoons, tree squirrels and cavity nesting birds. European starlings made a nest in this damaged soffit.
Weather damaged soffits are readily used by raccoons, tree squirrels and cavity nesting birds. European starlings made a nest in this damaged soffit.

 

Photo: Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Newspaper loosely stuffed into hole in the soffit of a white house.
Newspaper was loosely stuffed into the hole in this damaged soffit to see if the animal was still getting into the house.

 

Photo: Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Gray squirrel caught in a live trap so the damaged house could be repaired.
The newspaper was removed by the squirrel, so a live trap was set. The gray squirrel was safely removed. The damage was then repaired to prevent the squirrel’s return.

 

Photo: USDA
A raccoon removed the lining of this soffit.
A raccoon removed the lining of this soffit.

 

Photo: Illinois Department of Natural Resources
A raccoon found a small hole in the soffit and enlarged it so that it could access the house.
A raccoon found a small hole in the soffit and enlarged it so that it could access the house.