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Raccoons in Your Attic?


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Raccoon infestations in residential areas are becoming an increasing concern for Dallas homeowners. Raccoons are known for their adaptability, intelligence, and dexterity, making them difficult to remove once they find their way into an attic or garage. They will not give up their new home easily, and they can cause significant damage to property, risk the health and safety of occupants, and spread diseases such as rabies.

A raccoon in the attic is more than just a minor inconvenience. These masked bandits can chew wires, damage insulation, tear up duct work, and cause other structural damage, leading to costly repairs. Furthermore, raccoons are known to carry various types of parasites and transmit diseases like leptospirosis, which can endanger both humans and pets. Many homeowners and commercial property owners don’t need reminded – but addressing raccoon problems quickly is imperative to ensuring a safe and sanitary living environment.

To help homeowners effectively address raccoon removal, the below discusses various methods, preventive measures, and professional assistance options you can leverage if you have raccoons in your attic. By understanding the best practices for dealing with a raccoon infestation, individuals can make informed decisions that protect both their property and well-being.

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Identifying Raccoon Presence

Signs of Raccoon Activity

To identify raccoon presence in your attic, look for certain signs that indicate their activity. These signs include:

  • Noises: Raccoons are nocturnal animals and can be heard during the night, especially between midnight and 5 am. Listen for thumping, scratching, or vocal sounds like growling or chattering.
  • Feces and urine: Raccoon droppings are distinct and can be identified by their tubular shape and dark color. Look for accumulated feces and urine-soaked insulation or wood in the attic - it is often in one area, known as a raccoon latrine, vs. being spread throughout the attic randomly, which is more indicative of an opossum.
  • Nesting materials: If you have raccoons living in your attic, they have likely created a nest using leaves, twigs, and other miscellaneous items. A nest is a sure sign of raccoons or other animals living in your attic.
  • Damage to insulation: Raccoons often burrow into insulation, creating pathways and compressing the insulation material, which can lead to reduced energy efficiency in your home. If you quickly get rid of raccoons in your attic, you can minimize the impact the infestation has on your energy efficiency

Locating the Entry Point

After identifying raccoon activity, the next step is to locate the entry point they are using to access your attic. Entry points can be:

  • Roof vents: Check for damaged, loose, or missing vents; these are common entry points for raccoons.
  • Soffits and fascia: Examine any gaps, cracks, or damages in the soffits and fascia, which can be exploited by raccoons to gain access to the attic.
  • Chimneys: Raccoons can climb up and down chimneys. Ensure your chimney is properly secured with a chimney cap. If it is a siding chimney, raccoons may have also gained entry along the base of the chimney.
  • Roof edges and loose shingles: Inspect your roof for damaged or missing shingles, as raccoons can easily tear through weak spots to enter the attic.

By recognizing the signs of raccoon activity and identifying their entry point, you can better address the issue and take steps to remove raccoons from your attic. Remember to act responsibly and humanely when dealing with these animals.

Raccoon Removal Methods

Raccoons can cause numerous problems when they take up residence in your attic. In this section, we will discuss various methods to remove these pesky intruders from your home, with a focus on live trapping and relocation, using repellents, and calling a professional.

Raccoon Trapping and Relocation

Live trapping is sometimes an option for raccoon removal, as it can allow the safe capture and relocation of the animal. A few points to consider when using this method include:

  • Use a sturdy, appropriately-sized cage trap
  • Place the trap in an area frequented by the raccoon
  • Bait the trap with suitable food, such as marshmallows or canned tuna
  • Check the trap daily and ensure to follow local laws and regulations for relocating captured raccoons
  • When relocating the animal, wear protective clothing in case you accidentally get within reaching distance of the raccoon when transporting the trap

Generally speaking, live trapping is only recommended when no other options are available since raccoons are usually smart enough to avoid the live traps, wasting valuable time in the process.

Using Repellents

Repellents can be an effective way to deter raccoons from your attic. Various types of repellents are available, such as:

  • Chemical: Sprays or granules that contain ingredients raccoons dislike
  • Natural: Items like ammonia-soaked rags or predator urine
  • Electronic: Ultrasonic devices emitting high-frequency sounds

Similar to trapping, repellents are rarely effective. If you have raccoons in the attic, it will take a lot more than repellent to evict the unwanted guests. A single raccoon in your yard may be easier to deter with a combination of repellents. But once wildlife makes it into your house, that is a different story, and repellent rarely solves the problem.

Calling a Professional

If you feel overwhelmed or unsure of how to handle raccoon removal yourself, you can always call a professional. Hiring a wildlife control specialist ensures that the raccoon problem is dealt with efficiently and humanely. Professionals possess the necessary equipment and experience to handle raccoons safely and comply with local regulations. At Critter Stop, we offer customers a thorough inspection free of charge so they know exactly what options are available to them.

When considering professional raccoon removal services, it is essential to research and find a reputable company with good customer reviews and a track record of successful removals. Targeting a wildlife specialist, instead of a roofer, handyman, or general pest control company is also a wise decision given the value of experience in this field.

Preventing Raccoon Re-entry

Raccoons can cause significant damage if they gain access to your home, particularly if they enter your attic. Preventing re-entry is essential for keeping your property safe and avoiding costly repairs. This section will cover sealing entry points and raccoon-proofing your property.

Sealing Entry Points

To effectively prevent raccoon re-entry, identifying and sealing all possible entry points is crucial. Here are some steps to take:

  • Inspect your roof and eaves for any gaps or openings. Raccoons can use these to enter your attic.
  • Check for signs of damage around vents or chimneys, as raccoons may exploit these to gain access.
  • Seal any openings with sturdy materials, such as metal flashing or hardware cloth. This will prevent raccoons from chewing or breaking through.

Remember, raccoons are clever and persistent animals, so thorough inspections are key to keeping them out.

Raccoon-Proofing Your Property

In addition to sealing entry points, here are some measures to raccoon-proof your property:

  • Trash bins: Secure your garbage cans with tight-fitting lids or locks, as raccoons are attracted to food waste.
  • Pet food: Avoid leaving pet food outside, as this can also attract raccoons.
  • Bird feeders: Place feeders away from your house and on poles with raccoon-proof baffle to prevent access.
  • Trees and branches: Trim tree limbs that hang near your home, as raccoons can use these to jump onto your roof.
  • Gardens: Install fencing or netting around your garden to protect fruits and vegetables.
  • Water sources: Remove or secure access to any sources of water, like outdoor fountains or fish ponds.

By following these steps, you can effectively reduce the likelihood of raccoons entering your home and property.

Health Risks and Dangers

Diseases Carried by Raccoons

Raccoons are known to carry several diseases that can be harmful to humans and pets. Raccoon feces can carry diseases for up to 2-3 years, presenting potential health hazards far past the initial removal. Some of these diseases include:

  • Rabies: A viral disease that affects the nervous system, causing erratic behavior and aggression in raccoons. A rabid raccoon can transmit its rabies through bites or scratches.
  • Leptospirosis: A bacterial infection that can cause severe symptoms in humans, such as kidney and liver damage, and can be transmitted through contact with raccoon urine.
  • Raccoon Roundworm: Raccoons are common carriers of the parasite Baylisascaris procyonis, which causes roundworm infections. Humans can be infected by accidentally ingesting eggs found in raccoon feces.

To minimize the risk of contracting these diseases, it is essential to avoid contact with raccoons and take proper precautions when handling raccoon droppings or cleaning up contaminated areas.

Damage to Property

Apart from health risks, raccoons can cause structural damage to property. Some common issues include:

  • Attic damage: Raccoons often take up residence in attics, creating entry points by tearing through shingles, vents, or soffits. Once inside, they can damage insulation, electrical wires, and wooden structures.
  • Lawn and garden damage: Raccoons are notorious for digging up lawns in search of grubs and insects, causing unsightly patches and weakening the root system of your grass. They can also damage garden plants and steal fruits and vegetables.
  • Trash bin issues: Raccoons have a knack for tipping over and scavenging through trash bins, scattering garbage and causing a mess.

Homeowners should take preventative measures by sealing potential entry points, securing trash bins, and maintaining a clean yard to deter raccoons from inhabiting their property.

Legal and Ethical Considerations

Wildlife Protection Laws

In many jurisdictions, raccoons are protected under wildlife protection laws. It is essential to understand the specific rules and regulations in your area before removing raccoons from your attic. It is often illegal to:

  • Trap and relocate raccoons without a permit
  • Use poison or lethal traps
  • Kill raccoons without authorization

It is crucial to consult with your local wildlife agency or professional pest control services to ensure compliance with the law.

Humane Treatment

When dealing with raccoon removal, it is vital to consider the ethical treatment of these animals. Raccoons are intelligent creatures, and causing unnecessary suffering is both inhumane and potentially illegal. Some humane removal methods include:

  • Using live traps followed by proper relocation
  • Installing one-way doors that allow animals to leave but not re-enter the attic
  • Employing repellents and deterrents to encourage raccoons to relocate

Remember to consult with experts to ensure that your raccoon removal methods are both legal and humane, avoiding harm to both the animals and the environment.

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Frequently Asked Questions

At the same time, some other tips can help prevent future raccoon invasions:

If you have a mother raccoon with young raccoons in your attic, enlisting the help of experienced raccoon control experts is particularly important. Mother raccoons are likely to get aggressive and extra destructive when separated from their baby raccoons. For this reason, it is never advisable to separate a raccoon family. We want to keep all the raccoons together. If the baby raccoons are too small to exit a one way door installed over a primary entry point, then we want to hold off on installing it since once the mother racoon leaves, she will not be able to re-enter and relocate her babies. A better strategy is to leave the primary entry point open, install strobe lights and, if you can tolerate the noise, a speaker playing music near the raccoons nest, or as close as you can get if it is in a hard to reach place. Oftentimes, this is enough to cause the mother to relocate the babies.

Attics are a prime nesting spot for raccoons - especially if you have rodents in your attic, which the raccoons will hunt. To detect raccoons in your attic, listen for noises at night, inspect for large droppings, nesting materials, and odors. Additional clues include damaged vents or duct work, compressed insulation, or damaged electrical wires.

Our 4 Step Process

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Free Inspection

Critter Stop offers free in-home consultations to build custom solutions to your problems. We inspect your home thoroughly, inside and out, for signs of damage, animal entry, animal nesting, droppings, and more. Once we discuss the extent of the problem and what needs to be done to fix it, we’ll document a game plan together.

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Seal Your Home

Sealing your home immediately is our priority. The exclusion team will thoroughly patch up potential entry sites from the roof to the foundation and everywhere in between. Once we’re sure no other rodents are getting in, we’ll set our traps in those areas we suspect animal activity.

Raccoons inside your home

Remove The Critters

Our technicians will check in on your home several times throughout this process. If game cameras have been set up, we’ll review those with you to discuss the animal activity. Once the traps are cleared, we will reset them and re-evaluate all the sealed points of entry to ensure no critter has re-chewed a hole or found a new way into your property.

Restoring and Sanitizing rodent droppings

Restore & Sanitize

We don’t call it a job well done once the pest is gone. There’s more work to be done! We completely restore your affected area by pulling up and replacing damaged insulation. Additionally, we fog the affected area to disinfect and remove animal pheromones that can attract new pests in the future.

“I used Critter Stop due to rats and squirrels in my attic. They also chewed up siding on the house to get in. Critter Stop was able to remove the rodents and secure the entry points. Everyone I dealt with was very polite and professional. They were able to come out quickly, communicated well, and they always showed up on time. I would use them again.”

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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!
Karen Eckholdt
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.
Aaron Echols
Aaron Echols
13:51 03 Aug 22
The guys at Critter Stop responded quickly, were very friendly, and gave us an honest estimate of what we might need. They explained why some items on other quotes were or were not necessary. They communicated well to get us scheduled, and did the work well and quickly. Great service at a fair and competitive price.
Jacob Scribner
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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