Can Raccoons Break Through Ceiling? (Protection Guide)

Last Updated on October 9, 2022 by Barry Gray

Can Raccoons Break Through Ceiling

Living in an area where raccoons are commonly spotted, you might be wondering if you should expect a visit from these furry monsters. Would they be able to break into your house or through your ceiling?

Raccoons can break into your ceiling by accessing a weak spot in your roof. If there are any openings in your ceiling, raccoons will find them, as they are intelligent animals. They can tear through the existing gap and break into your home, or they can fall through the ceiling if it is damaged. 

How do raccoons access the roof and ceiling, and which types of ceilings are more susceptible to break-ins? Where else do raccoons break in other than the ceiling? How can you raccoon-proof your home? You might be asking these questions, and all the answers can be found right here.  

Can Raccoons Break Into Your House Through The Ceiling?

Raccoons, being intelligent creatures, get into attics or ceilings through holes and structural flaws in roofs, vents, and rooftop air conditioners. Raccoons prefer to live in attics, ceilings, and chimneys, as it is warm and cozy. They feel safe in these spaces.

If you have any type of opening in your roof big enough for a cat-sized animal to get through, you might get a visit from these furry friends. They usually create a nesting area in your ceiling or attic when they get in through the roof. 

This becomes their home, where they go to the bathroom, sleep, and eat. Raccoons are curious creatures, always looking for something to eat. Knowing that humans always have food, they will find a way to not only camp out in your attic or ceiling but break into your home to score a meal.

There might just be a crack or hole in your ceiling. Raccoons can tear open the gap and crawl through. Determined raccoons can tear through things like plywood, loose roof shingles, and tar paper. Low-quality ceilings such as drywall ceilings and dropped ceilings are also penetrable for raccoons, especially when exposed to moisture and mold.  

Therefore, it is not improbable that a raccoon can break into your home through the ceiling. However, this is not such a common occurrence. In most cases, raccoons fall through weak ceilings, as many ceilings have moisture damage, and raccoons are not the smallest of rodents. 

They will mostly just camp out in your ceiling, and they will usually find other entryways into your home to steal food. Otherwise, they explore your trash can outside to find a meal. 

Different Ways Raccoons Can Break Into Your Home

Although raccoons mostly choose attics and ceilings as their home, many decide to make a home for themselves elsewhere in your house. Raccoons will find any weak point around the exterior of your home, and they will exploit it.

Other places raccoons might choose to break into.

  • Garden sheds
  • Garages
  • Barns
  • Doggy doors
  • Open doors
  • Open windows
  • Walls
  • Crawl spaces under the house
  • Basements

These are the most popular places or entryways raccoons break into other than attics or ceilings. In the winter, they will choose the warmest, safest, and most secluded space to stay in, especially when it is a mother raccoon with her babies. 

They can tear through plywood walls easily, especially if there is a crack or some type of hole in the wall already. In addition, raccoons use their sharp claws and paws to tear through any low-quality building materials. 

When raccoons are desperate for food, they will make a nuisance of themselves by not being discreet at all. They will come in through open doors, open windows, and doggy doors. They will usually come into your kitchen, where they will likely break or rummage through into anything to find a meal. 

Those who are not so bold will simply rummage through your garbage or eat your pet’s food if you leave it outside. 

How To Raccoon-proof Your Home

If you encounter confident raccoons that get into your trash cans outside or skulk around your house for food, make sure to get trash cans with locking lids and do not leave food outside that will attract them to your home. This includes your pet’s food. Rather keep everything inside the house. 

Furthermore, secure or block off all windows and other entryways if the situation gets out of hand. Putting screens up is a good idea, especially if you want to open your windows and doors for fresh air without having a little furry creature come prancing in. Otherwise, keep everything closed.

Furthermore, it is not good to have open compost heaps and vegetable gardens without wiring around them in your backyard. These kinds of things attract raccoons, and therefore completely closing it would be the best thing to do.

Trim trees and bushes around your house, as many raccoons access your roof by climbing from the tree branches onto your roof. They can also use bushes as a ladder to get on the roof. The best would be to not have a tree within five feet of your home, as raccoons can jump from the tree onto the roof. 

Removing Raccoons From Your Home And Keeping Them Out

If a raccoon found its way into your home, calling a wildlife professional or a pest-control professional is the best idea. Call someone with extensive knowledge of removing raccoons from homes and releasing them. 

There might be more than one raccoon in your home, especially if the one you found is a female, as they might have babies with them (usually in the attic or ceiling). Ensure that all raccoons are removed.

After removing them, look where the raccoons found their way into the ceiling. Fix the roof and ceiling as soon as possible, if that was the entryway of the critter. Hire a professional to do this job.

The raccoon might have gotten into your home through another opening, such as a hole in the wall. Get a professional to fix that hole or any other damage there may be. 

Make sure to use high-quality materials when rebuilding or fixing a weak spot. Also, ensure that your roof and ceiling are sealed and that no furry friend can enter. 


Living in an area where raccoons are expected, be sure to check your roof, ceilings, and other areas around your house for gaps or damage. If you do experience a raccoon break-in, call a professional rather than trying to get rid of the creature yourself. 

They might look like adorable, furry pets, but they are indeed creatures of the wild, and they do not belong in your home. 

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Barry Gray

Hi, I’m Barry. I’ve loved woodworking and bringing things back to life for more years than I care to remember. I hope my passion for tools comes across loud and clear in everything you read here on The Tool Square.