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How to Get a Raccoon Out of Your Wall?

How to Get a Raccoon Out of Your Wall?

Raccoons are smart animals that may be fun to observe from your balcony, but they are definitely not the creatures you want to share your space with. However, even if you don't want unwanted guests in your home, sometimes they still make an appearance in the most unexpected areas. That's the case with raccoons too. 

‍You can find a raccoon in the wall, ceiling, attic, chimney, or garage as they look for homes in all the wrong places. Any spot in your house that is dark, warm, and less frequently accessed by you and your family can become a nesting place for raccoons. During their stay, they will cause a great amount of structural damage to your property and expose you to many contagious diseases.

‍Therefore, having a wild animal like a raccoon nesting in your attic or hiding between the walls is definitely not best for you or your furry friends. If you suspect raccoons' presence between the walls of your house, you must take quick action for their removal before the situation worsens. 

Have you ever wondered how raccoons enter the walls? We have provided thousands of raccoon removal, believe us when we say that we almost have seen every place where a raccoon can hidel. Scroll down to learn everything about raccoon infestation between the walls and discover the secrets that Critter Stop has revealed for you.  

raccoon in a wall
At Critter Stop, we provide raccoon removal services in all the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

How Do Raccoons Enter the Walls of Your House? 

The majority of properties in Texas are built with modern construction, leaving behind a small cavity between the interior and exterior walls. The small cavity not only helps provide a better surface to the interior wall but also helps with the soundproofing and insulating of the property. 

‍However, sometimes, critters may find their way inside these wall cavities. Either they will explore the area and leave or make their dens between the walls. Raccoons are mostly large. Therefore, the chances of them getting stuck between the walls due to smaller-sized cavities are quite high. Either way, they are causing substantial damage to you and your property. 

‍You must stay on top of repairs to prevent raccoons and other critters from entering your walls. When we provide raccoon removal services, we notice that cracks, gaps, broken vents, and soffits can help raccoons with an easy access point to make their dens in the attics or walls. Once they make themselves comfortable at your house, evicting them safely and humanely will be more difficult than one might have initially assumed.

raccoon looking through the window
Raccoon could enter into your house through vents and holes in your walls.

How to Determine the Raccoon Problem in Your Walls? 

It undoubtedly is one of the most difficult tasks to determine the type of animal residing in your walls without getting a view of the cavity. However, once you know what signs to look out for, it will become much easier for you to determine whether you have a raccoon problem in your walls or not.

‍First of all, you will hear scratching sounds. But scratching sounds are not enough to identify the raccoon infestation as most rodents such as rats, mice, and squirrels scratch too. Raccoons are much larger in size. Therefore, while getting into the walls, they will make a lot of shuffling, crawling, and dragging noises. If you have heard these noises, it is a sure sign of raccoon infestation between the walls and maybe you wanna call our expert team.  

‍Raccoons enter people's attics, garages, chimneys, and walls when they want to give birth and raise their little ones. Therefore, the chances of raccoon babies present between the walls are quite high. The involvement of babies makes the raccoon removal from the walls even more complex. 

‍Knocking on the wall at the spot where the unusual sounds are heard is a good way to check how mobile the animal is. If only young ones are present, you will not be able to hear much movement. Also, raccoon babies can be easily recognized by their chattering noises. 

Tips on How to Remove Raccoons From Inside the Walls

From our experience providing raccoon removal services, we recommend that if you have a raccoon infestation between the walls, would be wiser to get help from raccoon removal professionals like Critter Stop. However, if you want to save your money, you can get the job done all by yourself. 

‍Here are a few tips on how to remove raccoons from inside the walls without taking any professional help:

Take Safety Precautions 

Raccoons carry many infected fleas, ticks, and mites in their fur and droppings. Therefore they can expose you and your family members to many contagious diseases. 

‍Because of these health concerns, you must take all the essential precautionary measures before going near them - masks, goggles, and gloves. Wearing a mask will prevent you from inhaling any harmful airborne substances, and using gloves will reduce your chances of getting an infection from a bite.

‍Also, raccoons can be quite aggressive when they feel threatened. Therefore, you need to carry a broom or stick to move the animal away and avoid any contact with it.  

Remove a Trapped Baby Raccoon 

Do you hear raccoon noises in the wall? A young raccoon may be trapped in the wall cavity. It usually happens with younger raccoons as they often slip down and don't have the strength to climb back up again. 

‍All you need to do is to cut a hole in the wall to get into the cavity and remove the trapped animal. However, to avoid contact, you will need thick gloves and a cage to put the animal inside it once you get it out of the wall. 


You can consider live-trapping if removing the raccoon directly from the wall cavity seems daunting. Live trapping will ensure minimum contact with the trapped animal, reducing your chances of getting bitten by the animal. 

‍If raccoon noises in the attic or wall are more intermittent, it means they have made their den inside your walls. However, they will still leave the area at night to search for food. Therefore, you can take advantage of their absence and set a trap for them near their exit or entry points. 

‍To make them get into the trap, you will have to put their favorite food, such as raw fish, as bait. However, this method can only be executed if you have located their entry and exit points.

Seal All the Entry Points to the Wall 

Your job is still not over after locating and trapping the raccoon in a cage. You will also have to look for baby raccoons and get them out safely. Once you have removed the babies, you will have to seal all holes, cracks, and broken vents that raccoons previously used to get in and out of the walls. If these entry points are not sealed properly, you will get a similar problem in the future too. 

Cleaning up and Repairs

During their stay period, raccoons might have caused significant damage behind the walls. From using the wall cavity as their latrine to gnawing on the electrical wires, you will have a lot of cleaning and repair work to do after raccoon removal.

raccoon through a wall
Raccoons can cause damage in all your house. 

What do different raccoon sounds mean?

Raccoons make a variety of sounds, each with its own meaning. Here’s what some of these sounds indicate:

  1. Chirping or Chittering: This sound is often made by baby raccoons calling to their mother. It’s a soft, high-pitched chirp that can indicate the presence of a raccoon family nearby.
  2. Growling: Raccoons growl when they feel threatened or are in a confrontational situation. A growl can be a warning to other animals or humans to stay away.
  3. Screaming: A raccoon may scream when it is in distress, frightened, or injured. Screaming can also occur during mating season or as part of aggressive interactions between raccoons.
  4. Purring: Similar to a cat, raccoons can purr when they are content and relaxed, often when eating or being groomed.
  5. Hissing: This sound is another sign of aggression or defense. A raccoon may hiss if it feels cornered or is trying to assert dominance.
  6. Whining or Crying: These sounds can indicate discomfort, hunger, or the desire for attention, often heard from juveniles communicating with their parents.

Understanding these sounds can help in determining the behavior and possible intentions of raccoons in or near your property. However, it’s important to remember that raccoons are wild animals and can be unpredictable, so it’s best to keep a safe distance and consult wildlife professionals if you need to manage a raccoon situation.


Raccoon removal can be anything but easy. Even after doing the best job, homeowners can still miss sealing some entry points or leave babies behind. Therefore, it is better to hire raccoon removal professionals for the job. Critter Stop is a reliable company for providing raccoon removal services. We will get the raccoons out of the wall without causing much damage to your property. Call us at (214) 234-2616 for the safe removal of raccoons that may be living inside your walls!

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Lee Gorman
Lee Gorman
13:50 21 Nov 22
I’d give a 10 star review if I could! We had a great experience with Critter Stop. Everyone I dealt was friendly, professional, and reassuring. Phillip was very helpful and knowledgeable about the work he was doing. He walked me around the entire house to make sure I saw and understood the services he provided. He was also really nice and answered all my questions — he is exactly the type of person that should be interacting with customers.I love the fact that they will come back for up to 1 year after installation if any problems occur — this shows me they stand behind their work.The owner was great too, he personally came to my house and walked me through their offering. I recommend critter stop to anyone and everyone!
Susan Casey
Susan Casey
14:53 15 Nov 22
Critter Stop is a fantastic business! Everyone involved is extremely professional and very easy to communicate with. Chisam, the owner, did a great job of explaining the process to get the squirrels out of my attic during the initial free estimate. The exclusion crew who did all of the initial work was fabulous. The crew consisted of Phillip, Nick and Corey who arrived promptly when they said they would. They are happy, positive employees. Everyone is very polite and patient in explaining their work and answering questions. They came back several times to check the traps and finish it off with the fogging. Lester was very good about following up to schedule each trap check with me, and the office staff who took care of the billing was very efficient. Critter Stop is a well run company with honest, trustworthy employees! Thank you to all of you who worked hard to make my attic critter free and for the peace of mind that you guarantee your work. Great to know I can call them if for some reason a squirrel figures out a way to get back in!
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Karen Eckholdt
14:54 22 Sep 22
Critter Stop has made this project easy and extremely professional from start to finish! They are very detailed and competent from start to finish and know so much about their business. They made a problem easy for us and at a reasonable cost. We would be happy to recommend this company and their owners and staff to anyone.
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13:51 03 Aug 22
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Jacob Scribner
19:23 27 Jul 22
Brandon and his other coworker Gavin came to install insulation in my attic. I am very grateful for the hard work and professionalism. My house feels a lot better with the insulation installed. 5 star review. Cory Leach was also very nice and helpful. He came to my house to do another job and was very attentive and professional. Thank you Corey and thank you Critter Stop for helping me.The owner very polite and helpful, I’m glad I found this company to help me.
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