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What Is An Inexpensive Way To Remove Raccoons From An Attic?

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Raccoons in the attic (or anyplace else in your house) are a serious hazard, despite their adorable appearance. How can you tell if a raccoon is up there?

You will initially hear them scuttling and scraping. Additionally, they'll create a mess by dismantling insulation to build their nest and leaving behind excrement. It's critical to get rid of raccoons from your attic or crawlspace as soon as possible. They are territorial, capable of bringing about significant harm, and may also spread disease. 

The easiest approach to getting rid of raccoons is to contact a reliable local wildlife removal business. They'll be able to get rid of the critters in a humane, efficient, and legal manner, and they could even be able to assist in repairing any damage that the raccoons have already done.

What Is Insulation?

Insulation is the fluffy material in your attic, crawlspace, and walls that keeps heat in and cold out, keeping your home warm. You may already be aware of this. Raccoons, rats, and other creatures can feel at home in the cozy, woolen insulation where they rip it up and leave poop, pee, and occasionally even young.

What Kind of Animals Are Raccoons?

Opossums and skunks are the two most common species that raccoons are mistaken for. People can hear raccoon activity and mistake it for rodents or something else. You won't have a deeper understanding of what you're dealing with until you do a visual sighting or in-depth assessment.

Medium-sized mammals, raccoons have the following traits:

  • A substantial black, brown, or blonde fur coat
  • A long, bushy tail that is colored in rings.
  • A dark "mask" covers the eyes.

Raccoons weigh between 9 and 11 pounds as adults (4-5kg). They are common in metropolitan areas in North and South America, where they frequently reside in confined places like crawlspaces and attics and make use of the variety of food and water sources that are available to them.

How to Remove Raccoons from Your Attic

Modifying Habitat

Habitat modification entails changing your home's environment to deter raccoons.

Habitat modification for raccoons may include all of the following:

  • Removing food
  • Eliminating water sources
  • Stopping leaks
  • Fence-building
  • Removing limbs, trees, or shrubs that allow raccoons to climb to the roof

These techniques can stop raccoons from living in your attic or elsewhere in your home.

Talk To Professionals

Raccoon control is best left to the specialists.

Wildlife removal experts know how to manage raccoon problems lawfully and safely according to state and local legislation. Specialty traps, metal screens, and pheromone deterrents can be used.

Raccoon removal often entails perilous ladder and roof work. Know your boundaries and don't be scared to pay someone to remove raccoons if you're not comfortable with heights or ladders.


Raccoons are usually removed via trapping. It's perilous because it includes ladders and angry animals.

You must follow state animal laws. Trapping and releasing raccoons may sound kind, but it's against the law.

Raccoons can cause:

  • Infection
  • Residential damage
  • Aggressive and destructive when exposed to unfamiliar environments

When in a new area, raccoons' aggressive and territorial behavior might endanger them and other animals, which is inhumane. Due to their violent character and disease-spreading ability, many states prohibit the capture and release of raccoons.


There are many raccoon deterrents on the market. Use raccoon repellent. Synthetic predator urine or pheromones can deter raccoons.

Labels must be followed carefully, and these solutions can be hit or miss.

You don't want to anger a raccoon in your attic or crawlspace. A wildlife removal specialist has a number of tools to remove raccoons. If you're unsure whether to DIY or hire a pro, call a wildlife removal specialist.

Infestation Signs

Raccoons are clever and can readily enter your home for food and shelter. 

Raccoons can destroy your home and be dangerous to you and your family. Signs of a raccoon problem include:

Raccoon droppings are their most obvious sign. Dark, tubular, 2-3-inch raccoon droppings are typical.

Raccoon tracks are visible in muck, dust, and snow. Raccoons have finger-like front claws and bigger, padded back claws.

Insulation, attic, or crawlspace damage from raccoons? Infestations often cause this.

If you suspect a raccoon infestation, intervene quickly before more harm is done. Calling a wildlife control company can ensure the raccoons leave and stay away.

Why Do You Have Racoons?

Raccoons can be common. They're nocturnal and eat a diverse diet. They enjoy:

  • Fruits/Vegetables/Eggs
  • Mice
  • Garbage

Raccoons aren't considered a hazard to humans, but that doesn't mean they won't damage you or spread disease. Raccoons are annoying. They can be territorial and cause property damage by rummaging through trash cans, recycling bins, and gardens for food.

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