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How to get rid of raccoons in the attic

If you have ever had a raccoon in your attic before then you are fully aware of how destructive and gross these animals can be. They are not only incredibly messy, but they will literally chew up or destroy anything that they see that can be used in building their little nest within your attic. This can mean that boxes of treasured books, clothes, blankets, and other memorabilia can become a great source of material to be used within the raccoon’s nest. Clearly, this is not something that you want.

Adding to the dilemma is the fact that these creatures carry a large number of parasites and diseases with them. Their feces in particular can be quite dangerous, not only if you come in contact with it, but simply by breathing in the fumes from the dried fecal matter. You can get parasites into your system that can be quite dangerous to your overall health. Plus, should you come in direct contact with one of these animals and get bitten you can suffer from such things as rabies which can ultimately lead to death if not treated right away.

It is for these kinds of reasons that you clearly want to get rid of a raccoon from your attic as quickly as possible. The problem is that once they have found a good place to live they can be quite difficult to get rid of. So how do you accomplish this?

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The best thing to do is to scare away this animal. If you were going to get rid of a raccoon you want to make it so that it finds that it is more palatable to leave your house, hopefully to never return. To do this you just need a little strategy.

Start by doing a search outside your home to find out how the raccoon is entering. Usually you will find a whole in the siding, a loose board, or some other kind of gap that provides an entryway. If you find one don’t stop! Make sure that you find them all. There could be additional ones that you may not be aware of.

Once you have found it, your next step is to get a one-way funnel. How this works is that allows the raccoon to exit through the gap in the funnel, but once outside it is blocked from getting back in. Attach this to the entryway that the raccoon is using. If there are more than one entry ways block the other ones and seal them, leaving only one funnel available.

As it is starting to get dark outside, you want to turn on a large light in the attic and make a lot of noise so that the raccoon will be scared. It will then race for its entry into the home, accessing into the funnel where it gets out and is not able to get back in. The next day, go out and seal that area for good so that it cannot get in again. Read more: Raccoon Control, how to get rid of raccoons, Raccoon Feces, How to get raccoons out of the ceiling.

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