If you’re hearing noises in your attic such as running, crying and or growling you might have a raccoon or raccoons with infants in your attic or soffet location. If you do have raccoons in your home you will know it, they will drive you nuts! It’s baby season for raccoons. There are humane ways remove Raccoons and their infants from your dwelling.
First, let us address the age old question.” How do I know if I have a raccoon issue?” There are many telltale signs to understanding that you have a raccoon in your dwelling.
You know the sound that your dog makes as it scampers across your hardwood floors? Well put that sound above your head in your bedroom and that is the noise a grown raccoon makes when he’s running through your loft. Now the problem is,is that you only begin hearing that noise once the raccoon or raccoons have been around for some time and have stomped your insulation down enough they are currently walking on your rafters.
Especially this time of year you will hear what sounds like a dog fight going on up there. This is because if the female raccoon is getting ready to have her young she kicks out the male. The reason being that the male has absolutely no attachment to the infants and will eat them. Some new females have been known to do the same. Overall, female raccoons are very good mothers and will do anything to protect their young. Anyway after the fight is over do not think they are gone he is she is not. She might go out for yet another feed before she remains in for nearly a week. In that time you could hear panting or moaning in the first night after that she will stay in nurse and keep them warm and safe as the man might still be lurking around she will clean the kitts (babies) and eat the placenta. One for nourishment, two as too not draw her male or some others into the bloodstream and her babies. After a week of no water and crying babies she’s had enough. She’ll leave and you’ll hear her leave because she doesn’t care if you hear her any more. Like every woman after having a baby she needs a break and a drink. Problem being that till now YOU haven’t heard the babies crying. NOW YOU WILL AND THEY WON’T STOP TILL SHE COMES BACK AND NURSES THEM!!!!!! Then she will leave them for a few hours every night while she goes hunting for food and they will cry the entire time. Another problem being that she usually picks the quietest part of your house to have them which is over your bedroom. So when she goes out you will stay up.
You will understand the male sitting on your roof or back porch just hanging around he’s looking for a new place to live because he has lost his usefulness. He doesn’t like to work very hard. He will look to your shed, deck or neighbour’s house for a place to go.
Where the female raccoons are sneaky and typically have more than 1 hole, one you can see and one or two escape holes. The male will simply go on your roof and rip your roof vent away and walk in.
A raccoon’s favorite entry area is where the roof and the soffet meet. All they have to do is push the siding and they are in. Then they use it like a door.
Raccoons will also be found in chimneys, particularly in the older homes. This is because in the older houses they ruffed in fireplaces on each floor to allow the main fireplace heat the rest of the house. This is the best apartment for a female raccoon. It’s a nice warm cubby-hole that is actually hard for us to get at. That is until the babies start moving around. Then they all end up sitting on the influenza. If you have seen a dirty cat fishing smell on your fireplace area that’s why. All that will do is make momma mad she will get as a number of the babies up into the cubby area as she can and you won’t get her out. All you have realized is smoking out your entire house with that wonderful dirty cat fishy smell. Your wife is going to end up kicking you out.
Trapping takes that raccoon away but does not stop other raccoons from moving in. The main reason that fact is so essential is that female raccoons are very clean. They have their infants above your bedroom and they’ll do their company above your toilet. That’s why when you turn in your bathroom fan you may also smell dirty fishy cat. When she’s looking for a male she will do her business on the roof. She’ll draw any males which are near. Problem being that, that sent never goes away unless disinfected properly. So it is possible to live trap whatever you want but it is not going to fix your problem in the long term. If you’ve known anyone who has had a raccoon problem and thought they solved it themselves by buying a trap. They’ll say”Yah trapped a few raccoons last year now I got them back again.” . They do not have the same raccoons back. What they have are the males come searching for the females, or the babies that were born there coming to get their own babies.
Second question”How do I get rid of the Raccoons in my loft? The best most effective way to eliminate raccoons from your attic is the following:
Make a one-way-door to match the main hole of the raccoons layer. Use Plexiglas so that the raccoon can see out and will go out. Due to the way the door is made the raccoon won’t have the ability to open it to get back in.
Properly seal any other holes and or areas that she might get back in through. Which means secure your vents such as plumbing stacks at the bottom with heavy gauge mesh which they can not penetrate but still allows the chimney and vents to work properly.
Once momma’s out go into the attic and find the babies if there are some. There are usually anywhere from 2 to 6. Then put them and their nest of insulation outside where she can take them to their new home. This all needs to be done correctly. Do not think that by reading this you can follow these directions and do it yourself. Well you can but you will wind up calling me to fix the job! If you do not do it correctly she could get spooked and move the infants. The babies could fall down to the wall. You will then have at best three days to get those babies before they die on your walls. Then you would like to see an angry creature watch out. Momma will tear the siding directly off the side of your house to get at them!
When the raccoon and her babies are out you will access the harm that your unwanted tenants have caused. Problem being while the female is extremely clean. The male and babies aren’t. When momma goes out the infants will chew on anything is available,wiring, rafters. They teethe just like real babies. Additionally they poop like real babies, everywhere. So we check to be certain that your wiring is undamaged. That there is no structural damage and the insulation has not been to badly stomped.
If everything checks out you will disinfect the loft area to eliminate the female scent and odour. So that you won’t have any other visitors.
If insulation is damaged it will need to be removed, disinfected and replaced with blown in R75 insulation. The raccoons do not like it. You will when you receive your next heating bill.
I can’t stress enough to leave the whole process to the professionals. Ladies will nest together. This gives you a guideline as to what a professional should do. So you can make an educated discussion when employing an Animal Removal business to help you with your problem.