What to Do When There’s Raccoons in Your Attic

Raccoons can cause substantial damage when they reside in an attic. They will not only urinate and defecate inside the attic, but also they can bring in a number of parasites (fleas, mites, ticks and lice) and diseases (leptospirosis, raccoon roundworm, etc). They gnaw on wires, rip off ductwork, tear down insulation on pipes, and trample down insulation reducing its R-value effectiveness. With their destructive nature it’s highly recommended that you clean and decontaminate your attic if you’ve had raccoons living there.

Truth be told, dealing with the raccoons in your attic is not easy and it’s recommended to call raccoon removal Oakville. This is because baby raccoons will be living in the attic, alongside the adult female. The young ones will usually be nested helplessly in a corner of the attic, and cannot be trapped. They need to be removed by hand. After doing that you can use them to capture the female raccoon, and relocate them all together.

Below are the steps to be followed to remove raccoons from your attic:

Step One. Climb up the attic, then find and remove the baby raccoons by hand. You’ll encounter young raccoon pups 90% of the time You’ll usually find 3-5 of them. If you cannot find them, remain very still for about 30 minutes, till you hear them chatter. Pick them up by hand (with thick leather gloves) and place them in a pillow case. Should mamma raccoon be nearby, she might attack.

Step Two. Get the adult female. There are several options here. You could mount a trap at the entry / exit hole then scare her from the attic to the trap. Or you can get her using a snare pole then cage her If you get her pups and she can’t be found, you can use these pups as live bait to trap her.

Step Three. When you catch the raccoons, make sure you seal all the entry points. Should you not, new animals will move into your attic. The raccoons that once resided there gave it an odor that will attract new animals quickly. The mess left behind by the raccoons in the attic has to be cleaned up.

Discovering that a raccoon has made a home inside your attic can be frustrating. You cannot leave it up there and hope it will make its way out eventually. Raccoons are smart and will find ways to stay until evicted. If you find yourself in this situation, you really should hire an expert wildlife trapper to manage the problem. It’s not easy to remove raccoons in the attic. No magic spray, ultrasonic sound device or other gimmick will make the raccoons leave. They must be trapped and removed. It is not work for the amateur or the do-it-yourselfer.

Most people will just purchase a trap and set it never to catch anything. Worse still, some crummy companies or so-called handy home owners will set one or more traps on the ground, and catch the mommy raccoon – leaving the pups in the attic to squeal, suffer, die; and then rot and stink. Please avoid doing this yourself or hiring cut-rate lazy trappers who won’t get the young raccoons from the attic. The job needs to be done right!