If you’re hearing noises in your attic such as running, crying and or growling you could have a raccoon or raccoons with babies in your loft or soffet area. If you do have raccoons in your home you will know it, they will drive you nuts! It is baby season for raccoons. There are humane ways remove Raccoons and their babies from your home.
First, let’s address the age old question” There are many telltale signs to understanding that you have a raccoon in your home.
You know the sound your dog makes as it scampers across your hardwood floors? Well put that sound above your head on your bedroom and that’s the noise a grown raccoon makes when he is running through your loft. Now the issue is,is that you only begin hearing that noise when the raccoon or raccoons have been around for a while and have stomped down your insulation enough they are now walking on your rafters.
Especially this time of year you may hear what sounds like a dog fight going on up there. This is because when the female raccoon is getting ready to have her young she kicks out the male. The reason being that the male has no attachment to the babies and will eat them. On the whole, female raccoons are very good mothers and will do anything to protect their young. Anyway after the fight is over do not think they are gone he is she’s not. She might go out for yet another feed before she stays in for almost a week. In that time you could hear panting or moaning in the first night after that she will stay in nurse and keep them warm and safe as the male might still be lurking around she will clean the kitts (infants ) and eat the placenta. One for nutrition, two as too not draw her male or some others into the bloodstream and her babies. After a week of no water and crying babies she’s had enough. She’ll leave and you will hear her leave because she doesn’t care if you hear her any more. Like any girl after having a baby she needs a break and a drink. Problem being that till now YOU haven’t heard the babies crying. Believe me she takes her time coming back. Then she will leave them for a couple hours every night while she goes searching for food and they will cry the whole time. Another problem being that she usually picks the quietest part of your home to have them that is over your bedroom. When she goes out you will stay up.
You will understand the man sitting on your roof or rear porch just hanging around he is looking for a new place to live as he has lost his usefulness. He does not like to work very hard.
Where the female raccoons are sneaky and usually have more than 1 hole, one you can see and one or two escape holes. The male will simply go on your roof and tear your roof vent away and walk in. All they have to do is push on the siding and they’re in. They then use it like a doorway.
Raccoons will also be found in chimneys, particularly in the older homes. This is because in the older homes they ruffed in fireplaces on each floor to allow the main fireplace heat the remainder of the house. This is the best apartment for a female raccoon. It’s a wonderful warm cubby-hole that’s really tough for us to get at. That is until the babies start moving around. Then they all end up sitting on the influenza. If you have seen a dirty cat fishing smell on your fireplace area that’s why. All that will do is create momma mad she’ll get as a number of the babies up to the cubby area as she can and you won’t get her out. All you have realized is smoking out your whole house with that wonderful dirty cat fishy odor. Your wife is going to end up kicking you out.
Trapping takes that raccoon away but doesn’t prevent other raccoons from going in. The main reason that fact is SO important is that female raccoons are very clean. They have their babies above your bedroom and they will do their business above your toilet. That is why when you turn on your bathroom fan you might also smell dirty fishy cat. When she’s looking for a male she’ll do her business on the roof. She will draw any males that are near. So it is possible to live trap all you want but it is not going to solve your problem in the long run. In case you have known anyone who has had a raccoon problem and thought they solved it themselves by buying a trap. They’ll say”Yah trapped a few raccoons last year now I got them back again.” . They don’t have the very same raccoons back. What they have are the males come looking for the females, or the infants that were born there coming to have their own babies.
Second question”How do I get rid of the Raccoons in my attic? The best most effective way to eliminate raccoons from your attic is the following:
Create a one-way-door to match the main hole of the raccoons layer. Because of the way the door is made the raccoon won’t have the ability to open it to return in.
Properly seal up any other holes or areas that she might get back in through.
Cap your vents and chimneys. Which means secure your vents including plumbing stacks at the bottom with heavy gauge mesh that they can’t penetrate but nevertheless allows the vents and chimney to work properly.
Once momma’s out go into the attic and discover the babies if there are any. There are usually anywhere from 2 to 6. Then put them and their nest of insulating material outside where she can take them to their new home. This all needs to be done right. Well you can but you’ll wind up calling me to fix the job! If you don’t do it right she could get spooked and move the babies. The babies could fall down into the wall. Then you will have at best three days to find those babies before they die on your walls. Then you would like to see an angry animal watch out. Momma will rip the siding directly off the side of your home to get at them!
Once the raccoon and her babies are outside you will access the harm that your unwanted tenants have caused. Problem being while the feminine is very clean. The male and babies are not. When momma goes out the infants will chew on anything is available,wiring, rafters. They teethe just like real babies. So we check to make sure that your wiring is undamaged. That there is no structural damage and the insulation hasn’t been to badly stomped.
If everything checks out you may disinfect the attic space to remove the female scent and odour. So you won’t have some other visitors.
If insulation is damaged it’s going to need to be removed, disinfected and replaced with blown in R75 insulation. The raccoons don’t like it. You will when you get your next heating bill.
I can’t stress enough to leave the entire process to the professionals. It isn’t as easy as it sounds and your constantly run the risk of another raccoon hiding in the rafters. Ladies will nest together. This will give you a guideline as to what a professional should do. So you can make an informed discussion when employing an Animal Removal Company to help you with your problem.