No one likes to find out raccoons have taken up residence in their attic. It can be a frightening and frustrating experience, especially if you have children around. People usually know they have raccoons in their attic, by hearing scratching noises on the ceiling or hearing raccoon sounds in the attic. Don’t sit around thinking the raccoons are eventually going to make their way out of your attic. Raccoons are smart and love to make attics their homes. Your attic provides the perfect shelter for them to live and raise a raccoon family. When raccoons get into the attic, they will tear up insulation. Not to mention the raccoon poop, and urine these guys leave everywhere in the attic space. This page will show you how to get rid of raccoons in the attic.
Raccoons In The Attic: There can only be two scenarios here, adult raccoon(s) in the attic or female raccoon with little cute and fuzzy babies. Before you start, note that about 80-90% of the time there will be a litter of babies raccoons in the attic. Warning: Raccoons will attack if cornered or if mother raccoon feels that her babies are in danger. For starters, you or your raccoon removal technician need to determine which case is yours. Raccoons? Or female Raccoon with babies?. Then you can take the appropriate step for raccoon removal. You can either trap them, remove them by hand or evict them. Below are steps I use to remove raccoons from an attic.
How to Get Rid of Raccoons in your Attic:
- First You will need to determine where the raccoons are getting into the attic. They usually will enter through eaves, soffits, roof vent, or wall siding.
- After locating the raccoon’s entryway to your attic, seal off access points, EXCEPT the raccoon’s main entry way. This will help you control the raccoon’s path of exit for better raccoon capture rate.
- Now set up sturdy raccoons trap to or near the raccoon’s exit/entry point. You can either set the trap up on the roof or the ground. (avoid setting trap next to any electrical wiring, we do not want a fried raccoon).
- For Raccoon bait, use peanut butter or sweets foods (avoid using meats for bait, you may trap a stray cat). More info Here on: How to Trap Raccoons
- Once you have captured and removed all of the raccoons from your attic, now would be the best time secure all the attic entryways. Use high quality 16 gauge 1/4 hardware cloth, sheet metal, or wood went seal off entry to your attic space. Protecting your home or build from future raccoon invaders.
How to Rid of a Female Raccoon with babies in your Attic:
Physically go into the attic and remove the baby raccoons by hand and then place them in a padded box. Once you have the baby raccoons are out of the attic, put them in the back of a trap using them as bait. Use a trap divider to hold the in place. You will need to determine where the raccoons are getting into your attic. They usually will enter through eaves, soffits, roof vents, or wall siding. After locating the raccoon’s entryway to your attic, securely set up the trap with the babies as bait (avoid setting trap next to any electrical wiring, we do not want little french fried raccoons).
How To Keep Raccoons Out Of Your Attic:
You will need to determine where raccoons can potentially into your attic. They usually will enter through eaves, soffits, roof vents, or wall siding. After locating the potential raccoon entryways. Now seal up all the attic holes using high grade 1/4″ steel mesh, wood, or sheet metal. When cleaning up raccoon poop in your attic, always use a respirator, goggles, and gloves. And if you want to show your attic some love, run a fogger with an enzyme cleaner. In fact, this will help eliminate raccoon oils, urine, and smells, that might attract another raccoon to your property.