Raccoons are very intelligent mammals that have excellent memory, dexterity, and drive. When they want something they work hard and smart to receive it! Sometimes, what they need isn’t good for homeowners. Raccoons love to take refuge inside homes; in areas such as the attic, crawl space, garage, and patio. Although highly inconvenient and damaging, at least they do so for good reason: to breed and raise their young during the colder seasons. But a good excuse does not excuse the mess and damage they leave behind; and the potential diseases and infections they can pass along to pets and humans.
For this reason, we do not want raccoons, or some other wild animals, inside our houses. To prevent or handle raccoon problems, you have to learn how raccoons gain entrance into a house. Keep on reading to learn how raccoons find their way into our houses at night, and also the way to get rid of them!
Raccoons in the Attic
Among the most common and favored spots for raccoons are attics. Not only are they dark and warm, their entry points are high off the ground and away from predators. This is an ideal place for a raccoon to breed and raise their pups throughout the winter. Here’s how: their paws!
Raccoons have very dexterous, human-like paws that allow them to grasp and manipulate objects. They use this ability to pry their way into attics by ripping away roof shingles and prying open weakened wood boards. Roof top areas near the gutter is a frequent spot for raccoons to search for entry points into a home. They’ve been known to tear off metal flashings on the edge of roofs to expose openings beneath shingles and plywood. They’re also known to scope out vulnerable or weak areas of a home they can easily pry open to get inside.
They earn their way into the attic and start ripping down insulation to make nests. They can chew through electrical wiring, soil attic insulation, and create a huge, hazardous mess right inside a family’s home. When this occurs, it’s time to call a certified raccoon control contractor for safe and humane wildlife extraction. They can remove raccoons using non-lethal procedures, and seal up entry points to prevent raccoons from coming back.