Dealing with urban animals is an inconvenience that many home owners in the northern US and southern Canada face. Animals such as raccoons and squirrels often make their way into homes to break free from the elements and as a result cause damage and disturbances.
Raccoons normally choose to take refuge in the attic mainly because all their requirements can be found there. They find shelter as well as safety from their predators. Since raccoons are pests and cause noise and disturbances, it is best to eliminate them quickly.
Removing raccoons isn’t an easy task. It’s not advised and it is not legal to use poisons or any other removal technique that can hurt the animals. Such removal tactics need to be avoided because they harm animals and they’re not helpful. For instance, if the raccoon mother is killed the babies will remain helpless in the attic. It’s ideal to make the effort to remove the raccoons humanely.
Never remove them by hand as they might bite you in course of self defense. Given that many raccoons carry the rabies virus and a lot more parasites a little bite can cause significant health issues. If you happen to find a raccoon in your attic, You might follow the next steps to remove them and prevent them from coming again
1) Removal of baby raccoons if any
2) Putting a trap in a humane way for the adult raccoons
3) Sealing all the entry points
4) Cleaning up your attic
Normally the raccoons which take shelter in the attic are females with her pups. Female raccoons love to raise their young ones in a warm safe location. Removing the female raccoons will cause more damage as the young ones left behind would make a lot of noise.
By flooding a light in the attic or generating loud sounds, from a radio, will lead to disturbing the raccoons. The mother raccoon will find a safer location elsewhere to raise her pups.
There is a predator urine that causes a terrible odor that is also used. But these aren’t very effective as the mother raccoon may choose to bear the odor to raise her pups in a secure place.
If you find a raccoon in your attic it’s highly suggested to call a professional trapper.