What to Do About Uninvited Raccoons in the Attic
It is a dark and stormy night. Rain patters against the rooftop. Mature oaks cast shadows on the walls, and their branches and leaves scratch the window panes. But amongst the normal sounds of the nighttime storm, something strange and eerie catches the untuned ear. It is a rustling noise, interspersed with heavy thumping.
Far too large to be a rat, what could it be?
When weather turns cold and gloomy, humans aren’t the only creatures to seek shelter in dry, warm places. Raccoons’ natural habitats are things like hollow logs, burrows, and they’ve even been known to squat in the dens of other animals. Ambitious, bold raccoons will go one step further and set up shop in an unsuspecting homeowner’s attic.
Raccoons Can Cause a Lot of Damages!
Not only are the nocturnal noises they emit creepy and disturbing for any homeowner to hear, but raccoons can also damage wiring, chew through screens, and destroy insulation. They also leave waste and excrement in the home, and carry many diseases that are dangerous to humans, like rabies and distemper. Raccoons also carry fleas and other pests, making their uninvited stay in the house even more unpleasant.
Fortunately, there are steps the conscientious homeowner can take to prevent raccoons from getting inside and to remove them if they’ve already managed to find a way in. At Wildlife Troopers, we understand the best ways to prevent and remove uninvited raccoons from the attic.
How to Trap a Raccoon in The Attic
At night, adult raccoons will venture out from the attic to search for food and other goodies to bring back to their den (the poor homeowner’s attic). Once they leave, cautious homeowners can enter the attic and set to work.
The best thing to do is make the attic an uninviting environment for the raccoons so they will leave on their own accord. Raccoons hate bright lights, so turn those on. Add flood lights and anything bright and obnoxious that will disturb these nocturnal animals.
Raccoons also hate noise and especially, human noise. A radio left on a talk show and put on blast will seriously annoy the raccoons. Ultrasonic devices that plug into a wall outlet can also be utilized to make the attic inhospitable for the animals.
But… What If There Are Baby Raccoons?
Unfortunately, babies can complicate things. It is not unusual to find baby raccoons in the attic waiting for the adults to return with scrumptious morsels. Making matters worse, sometimes the babies will fall into the walls and get stuck. They can and will often die there. This is not only disturbing and sad, it can also make the home smell horrible.
I’ve Seen 1, 2, 3… Too Many Raccoons!
Oftentimes, a raccoon infestation, especially one in a residential property, is far too overwhelming for an inexperienced home owner to remedy. Complicating things further, most states and localities require a permit to remove live raccoons.
What Do I Do About Uninvited Raccoons?
Raccoon removal can be dangerous, since raccoons will not hesitate to bite if they are afraid or intimidated. And the risk of contracting a disease is high.
The good news is there are professional services available to distressed homeowners. Wildlife Troopers are trained, permitted professionals who handle raccoon and nuisance animal removal with ease. Homeowners need not risk injury and disease when suffering from a raccoon infestation in the attic.
Call Wildlife Troopers to remove uninvited raccoons quickly and humanely today.