If you’re hearing heavy scampering and chattering in your attic, you could have raccoons. Raccoons are good climbers, and your attic is a safe, warm place to make a nest; in fact, the most common raccoon to make your attic home is a female with a litter of babies. Additionally, your attic is close to food and water sources, such as your trash cans.
While raccoons are cute and may seem harmless, they can do a lot of damage to your house. In the course of making your attic into their home, a raccoon will tear up insulation and ductwork, and they will urinate and defecate up there, just ask the people at Wildlife Removal Kansas City. Raccoon feces contain the eggs of roundworms, and surprisingly, these eggs can become airborne. Anyone who breathes these can become infected with roundworms. Also, raccoons carry fleas and ticks, which can infest both your pets and your family.
Raccoon Removal is Vital
The bottom line is, you need to humanely remove the raccoons from your attic. While trapping an adult raccoon is relatively straightforward, there are often baby raccoons too. The young pups can’t be trapped, because they’re hiding in the nest, waiting for mamma to come back to feed them.
You can try a passive method to make the raccoons abandon your attic, such as loud obnoxious sound and bright lights. You could also try driving them out with a scent, such as a predator urine; you can actually buy coyote urine online. If the raccoons don’t feel safe, they’ll leave. However, if light, sound or scent doesn’t drive them out within a few days, you’ll have to move on to trapping them. There is potentially help from free raccoon removal agencies and organizations.
Trapping Raccoons in Your Attic
The most surefire and humane raccoon removal method is live trapping. Remember, most of the time you’ll have a mother raccoon with babies, so trapping will be a two-step process, trapping mamma, and finding the pups.
Raccoons usually have litters of 3-5 pups, and you need to find them and remove them with their mother. You cannot simply trap an adult raccoon, and assume the job is done. The orphaned baby raccoons will eventually starve to death, all the while squealing and calling for their mother. Dead animals in your attic are not only tragic, but they will also eventually begin to stink up your whole house.
The best course of action is to hire a responsible wildlife removal professional, that also knows all of your local regulations concerning the trapping and relocation of wild animals.
Once your raccoons have been removed and relocated, you need to find their point of entry and block it off. You’ll also want to trim back any tree branches used to get up onto your roof in the first place. Finally, secure your trash and don’t leave pet food outside. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and once your raccoon drama is over, you don’t want it repeated.
Mantis Pest Solutions DOES NOT get rid of raccoons, or squirrels. please contact Kansas City Wildlife Removal if you have those types of pests. If you have termites, bedbugs, ants, or spiders please fill out the form or give us a call.