- Posted by cctriad
- On August 16, 2018
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Raccoons and attics go as well together as water and a grease fire. Be sure to stay aware of these furry bandits, as they would love to make your North Carolina home’s attic their new abode. Raccoons are harmless mammals when living in the wild, but things change when they break into an attic.
Why do they want to live in your attic?
Just like us, raccoons want a safe and dry place to live. Attics are perfect homes for raccoons because not only are they a safe haven for females to give birth, but they can avoid natural predators and stay protected from harsh weather. Attics mimic the natural characteristics that hollow trees possess.
What can happen?
Along with damaging your attics entry points, raccoons can cause a significant deal of damage to your attic that can be a hefty price to fix.
- Raccoons leave urine and feces behind. Raccoon feces are host to many zoonotic diseases. Raccoons must be removed quickly to avoid having to remove all soiled and damaged attic insulation and install new insulation.
- They often disturb attic insulation which is then rendered less effective, and this leads to higher energy use.
- Raccoons are destructive by nature. They often tear up air ducts. They sometimes chew on wiring also.
How do I get rid of raccoons in my attic?
For DIY’ers, eviction fluid or coyote urine sometimes drives raccoons out of your attic. If that doesn’t work, trapping is going to be necessary. Traps must be placed at the point of entry. If you capture a female with teats, the babies must be located and removed to avoid suffering, death, and a terrible odor. Raccoon moms typically stash their babies in hard to access places such as soffit boxes. There are times where the best alternative is to wait until the babies are old enough to travel with the mother so that they can be trapped as well.
Removing raccoons from attics and adequately securing entry points is not easy and often it is dangerous. Call a professional wildlife company to solve this problem. If your home is in Alamance, Guilford or Forsyth County, call Critter Control of the Triad at 336-370-0445, and we will solve your raccoon problem.