How to remove raccoons from your attic

Animal Control in Dayton, Ohio

Raccoons are very cute animals, but if they get into your attic they can cause a lot of damage. If you have a raccoon problem then you need to take care of it immediately. They will tear up the insulation in your attic to use as bedding material and they will rip apart any ductwork or wiring that is accessible.

Raccoons are nocturnal animals, so you may be hearing walking in your ceiling at night or you have seen multiple occurrences of raccoons near your home. If this is the case you may have a raccoon problem in your attic.

One of the best methods to use is a pest control flued called raccoon eviction fluid. This pest control fluid tricks the female raccoon into thinking her babies are in danger so she will leave and find a new place to have her babies. Once she leaves you can set traps to catch any other raccoons that may be living there. To apply the fluid just pour it into the holes that they use to get into your attic and then wait for them to leave.

You should also seal off any other areas around your house where they could get back into your attic, like broken vent screens, or openings around your chimney. You can use steel wool or heavy wire mesh to seal these off, since raccoons won’t be able to chew through. You may want to also look for mice removal, wasp removal, carpenter bee removal, or carpenter ant removal which are all common attic pests. 

Removing a raccoon eviction fluid

If you are not able to trap the raccoon we would recommend using the raccoon eviction fluid. The first step is to get on the roof and block off and seal all entryways and points of entry except one. Then you will want to place a tablespoon of eviction fluid at the main entry.

The process will take a few days because the mother raccoon will remove the babies. To ensure the raccoon has left place some newspaper or something easily removable at the entryway and wait a few days to see if it has been moved.

If you find that the newspaper has been removed, then you know that there is still a racoon nesting in your attic and you need to reapply eviction fluid at that location again. This can go on for up to 5-6 times until eventually, the raccoon will leave for good.

We have found this method very effective in most cases but there are a few situations where it may not work. Sometimes if there is only one entryway into your attic and it’s in an area such as your soffit or fascia that you can’t reach with a long enough pole (attic pros extension poles are made for this) then you may not be able to apply the fluid. If this is your situation then trapping may be the better solution for you. You may want to call a raccoon removal company if you are uncomfortable with this. 

Trapping Raccoons

Raccoons are vicious creatures and when they get into your home, they can be very destructive and even dangerous to your health. There is no easy way to get rid of a raccoon in your attic. Finding the little furry invaders is usually the first step but despite their size, it can be a challenge.

If the mother raccoon does not return for her babies, you will have to do it yourself. The best way to catch a mother raccoon is by placing the babies raccoon at the back of the trap near the den site which will lure her in. If you don’t have a trap then most hardware stores will have a cage trap for wild animals.

If you have caught a mother raccoon, remove all human scent from your clothes before attempting to remove them from the cage. The mother and her babies should be taken away at least 10 miles away from your home.

You can also use repellents such as ammonia or moth balls but these may not work because raccoons have a strong sense of smell and they can simply avoid these scents. The best way to keep them out is by making sure that there are no holes or cracks in your attic through which they can gain access.

Raccoon Removal Pest Control Company

Raccoons living in attics is a big problem. They can climb up downspouts and trees, and use your roof as a runway to get onto the top of your house. Once they’re there, they’ll look for cracks or holes to squeeze through. If they find one, they’ll move right into your attic and make themselves at home.

Raccoons are known to be destructive. They can damage insulation by trampling it down while they make their nests or urinate and defecate in it. Raccoon feces may also contain raccoon roundworms, which could be harmful to humans and pets.

Unfortunately, even if you remove the raccoons from your attic, you’ll still have a problem on your hands — the odor from the urine and feces will linger long after the raccoons have gone. If you have pets or children who spend time in your attic, the last thing you want is roundworm eggs or raccoon urine there.

If you think that raccoons have taken up residence in your attic, call Far Hills Pest Control today or a local wildlife control company! We’ll help you get rid of them quickly and safely, so that you can rest easy knowing that your family is protected from these pests and the diseases they carry. Call a professional today!


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