Raccoon season is here! As the weather changes, the raccoon’ s wake up and invade your home to find a den for maternity season. Raccoon’s typically look to have their babies sometime in March. This year isn’t any different.
According to a homeowner in Northville, MI they were hearing walking and banging around in their attic. We were called out to the home to inspect the attic. Upon inspection of the home we located a nesting area for raccoons. The raccoon’s were getting in through broken louvers on a gable vent. Upon further inspection we identified several bedding areas where the insulation had been compromised by the raccoon.
Raccoon removal and damage control can often be process. Here we will explain how we solve your raccoon problem. First thing you must do is identify where the raccoon’s are entering the attic. This will give you a better understanding of the raccoon’s habits and how to remove them. Second step in the raccoon removal process is to determine how to get rid of the raccoon’s in the attic. During birthing season we have a couple of techniques we use to remove the raccoon’s out of your home. Here are a couple different ways to get raccoon’s out of your attic.
- Raccoon Eviction Fluid: This works about 80% of the time. This is usually where we start if you have a mother raccoon in the attic with babies. The way raccoon eviction fluid work is to put about 1/2 oz of the fluid on a tennis ball or rag and place it near the den site. The mother raccoon will fear a boar (male) raccoon is near. Boar raccoons will often kill baby raccoon’s to show dominance. This works great if there is a mother with babies, because the mother will relocate the babies out of the attic on her own.
- Raccoon Trapping: Trapping should be used to remove all male raccoon’s or females where the eviction fluid doesn’t work. Traps should be strategically placed near the entry point. If the entry point is high up on the roof and you don’t have a ladder you can put the traps on the ground near the area the raccoon’s are climbing up. Traps need to be checked everyday to make sure no animals are caught and left in the trap. Once the animal is trapped you need a license (Our license # RC-1019) to relocate the animals. The raccoon’s must be relocated within the same county you remove it from to prevent the spread of diseases. If you trap a female raccoon, you will need to go into the den and locate the kits (babies) or they will die. This time of year the kits are not weened and you will not be able to trap them. Often times the babies eyes aren’t even open.
Once the raccoons are removed there is often damages to the insulation. Even if the insulation doesn’t appear damaged it is imperative to remove the insulation or treated for odor control. The scent of raccoons will often attract new raccoons to the attic. Raccoon’s also carry several allergens and can carry the eggs of the round worm. Here you will see the damages the raccoons did to this attic in Northville.
We will be working on this attic in the coming weeks to restore it. We have already evicted the raccoon with babies using the eviction fluid method. Stay tuned to see photos of the attic fully restored.
Here are some updated photos after the restore of the attic. All insulation was taken out, odor control was sprayed, and new insulation was installed.