Raccoons in your attic is one of the worst case scenarios for many people, because raccoons can cause a great deal of damage quickly, both to the house and to your personal possessions. They can also be difficult to get rid of because they can be aggressive, especially if it's a mother raccoon defending her young. Follow these steps to try to get rid of the raccoons yourself.
1. Check for Babies
The easiest way to do this is to listen for the noises that the raccoons make. Once the raccoons are big enough, they will begin to wander around your attic and make scratching noises. If you think that you hear more than two raccoons moving around, then you know that you have babies in the attic and will have to take special precautions when getting rid of the raccoons, because the mother will be prone to aggression. Special precautions, in this case, usually look like heavier gloves and clothing to prevent the raccoons from scratching you. You can either layer jeans on top of flannel pants, or you can buy special, heavy clothing from a hardware store.
2. Bait Your Traps
Purchase traps that are large enough to hold at least one raccoon. Then, bait the traps with what you think the animals will like. Rotten food tends to attract raccoons due to its strong smell, but it will also stink up your attic. Using peanut butter is another good option because it will be almost impossible for the raccoon to remove the peanut butter without activating the trap.
3. Place Your Traps
Place your traps at the entry of your crawlspace, which is likely where they came in. Also place them on the floor near where you think their nest is. This will force them to leave their nest, which is usually reasonably secure.
4. Remove the Trapped Raccoons
Once you have trapped several raccoons, you will need to remove them and take them to a park to be released. Switch up your bait if you still have raccoons in your attic but they're not falling for the traps anymore.
5. Seal Any Entrances to the Attic
Search your attic for entrances, using a professional contractor if need be. Seal any holes you find in your attic with mesh wire until you are able to have them sealed professionally.
If theses steps do not work, consider hiring a professional pest control company like Heritage Pest Control to humanely remove the raccoons before they are able to cause too much damage.
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