Raccoons may appear adorable, but they quickly become a nuisance when they decide to take up residence in your home and attic. They can cause damage to your property, create messes, and even pose health risks to your family and pets. Let’s explore effective ways to get rid of raccoons and prevent them from returning to your home and attic.
Are there Raccoons in my Home and Attic?
The first step in dealing with a raccoon infestation is to confirm their presence. Be aware of signs such as unusual noises coming from your attic at night, paw prints, and droppings. The sounds from raccoons typically include faint thuds and the scurrying of tiny feet across a floor. You may even hear the small squeaking noises of baby raccoons calling out to their mother. If you discover droppings, be sure to avoid handling them without proper protection. Raccoon droppings can be a potential health hazard.
What if There is a Raccoon in My Home or Attic?
Raccoons can cause significant damage to your home, including tearing up insulation and air ducts. They have the potential to cause illnesses as well. Once raccoons gain access to your attic, they begin to settle in as if it were their own habitat. Their urine and feces emit foul odors, which may also carry diseases that pose serious health risks to humans. If a raccoon has taken up residence in your home, it’s best to contact a Wildlife Removal expert.
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How Can I Prevent Raccoons from Entering My Home’s Attic
Raccoons are notorious for finding their way into attics, causing damage, and creating a mess. Preventing them from entering your home is essential. Here are some effective strategies to keep raccoons out of your home’s attic:
- Secure Your Home: Inspect your property for potential entry points, such as broken vents, gaps in the roof, or loose siding. Seal these openings with sturdy materials like wire mesh, plywood, or hardware cloth to deny raccoons access to your home.
- Remove Attractants: Raccoons are drawn to food sources, so make sure your home isn’t providing any unintentional invitations. Secure trash cans with tight-fitting lids, don’t leave pet food outdoors and consider using motion-activated lights or sprinklers to deter raccoons from your yard.
- Trim Trees and Branches: Raccoons are excellent climbers and can access your roof and attic via overhanging tree branches. Trim branches that are close to your house to prevent easy access.
- Trapping and Relocation: If you discover a raccoon living in your attic, consider using a humane trap. Contact Wildlife Removal experts for assistance with the trapping and release of wild animals. Getting professional help will ensure the well-being of both your family and the raccoons.
Getting Rid of Raccoons
Raccoons are cute creatures, but they can cause serious issues for your home and family. If you suspect the presence of pests in your home or attic, it’s always best to seek out Wildlife Removal experts. Raccoons can carry rabies, making their removal a dangerous endeavor for those lacking the necessary skills.
Contact the professionals at American Pest Management. We have years of experience in safely and compassionately handling pest issues, including raccoons. We’ll promptly inspect your property, place traps, and utilize methods to effectively and humanely remove and control animals.