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Raccoon In the House - Attic Gable Vent

To get a raccoon out of the house, you need to find out how it is getting in, trap and remove it, and fix the hole it was using to enter the house. Most of the time, raccoons will live in the attic, not the living quarters of the house proper. It usually takes a professional nuisance wildlife control specialist to take care of this problem correctly. Here is just one of hundreds of examples I have of a raccoon breaking and entering into a house.

The homeowner heard heavy noises up in the attic - thumping, walking, scratching. I did an inspection of the attic, and found this big hole clawed open and chewed open in the gable vent. The size of this hole says, "raccoon!". No small animal, like a rat or squirrel, could or would make a hole this big.

The hole may not look that large, but raccoons can squeeze through tight areas. I set the trap right next to the hole on the roof, and presto-magico, the raccoon is trapped! I take the animal down off the roof and safely relocate far away from the capture site.

Before I do that, however, I make sure that I seal up that entry point good and tight. Here we see that I've bolted a heavy steel mesh over the entry hole in the gable vent. This repair was done inside the attic.

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Raccoon removal from house or residence - When it comes to the raccoon, your best bet is to hire a professional. In fact, most states will not legally allow homeowners to trap and remove a racoon on their own. The reason for this is the high prevalence of rabies virus in the racoon population. It only takes one bite to transfer the virus, and rabies is always fatal if it progresses past the incubation period. What a professional will do is come into your home and assess the situation. More likely than not, the raccoon inside is a female, and she likely has babies somewhere in the walls or attic space. Finding and removing the young raccoons is very important. If you remove the mother and forget to remove the kits, the litter will eventually starve to death. The odor of rotting animals will spread through your home until you find the bodies and remove them or let nature finish the decomposition process. Waiting will mean putting up with the stench for weeks or months. Once the expert has removed the young raccoons, the mother can be lured into a trap containing the live babies, or she can be trapped using a baited cage trap.

Raccoon break into house - There are many factors you have to worry about when it comes to home invasion and break-ins, but you probably never thought a raccoon would be the burglar. It’s not so much that a raccoon wants to take anything from your home; this animal wants to share it with you. Attics are the most common places to find these invaders. The reason for this is simple: raccoons are used to relying on vertical surfaces for protection. When scared, a raccoon will run up a tree. Most of the raccoons that live inside of a human house are females that have wandered in looking for a safe place to have babies. Because of this commonality, if you’re trying to get rid of the raccoon, you need to remember that there are probably kits hidden somewhere inside the building. One of the easiest ways of catching a mother raccoon is using her babies as a lure. When she is out of the building, go into the house and find the litter. They will be easily handled with gloved hands. Place them in a cage trap and set the device outside near the area where the raccoon has been climbing the house. The babies will be hard for the mother to resist.

What if a raccoon gets into my house, kitchen, and bedroom? It is very possible for raccoons to get into the house especially they have easy access. They can also get into the house when they desperately need a shelter and there is no other option apart from your house. If a raccoon gets into your house, you do at have to be scared or panic because they will eventually leave the house. If they are still stuck in your house, you can contact the professionals who will come with the necessary equipment to get rid of them. If you urgently need to get rid of them, then you have no choice but to do it yourself. You have to spot the location where they are hiding before you can commence with the removal procedure.

You can use a snare poll to drive them out of the house and in most cases it is usually very effective. If the raccoons are still babies then the snare poll will not be very effective. The best thing to do is to gently remove them from where they are hiding and take them to their mother. Killing the raccoons will not help solving the problem because for starters it is very illegal to kill any wildlife. For the baby raccoons, you can use a bucket to remove them from the house because they are very harmless.

You can also use traps to remove them from the kitchen or the bathroom but the most appropriate thing to do is to place the traps at the entry points into the house. You should never put traps in the open because they are likely to be a threat to your pets. The raccoons will always crawl into the traps without knowing if they are at the entry points and you will be able to do whatever is necessary to ensure that they don’t return in your house. If you are far from the wild, you can surrender to the wildlife control units and they will take them to their respective habitat.

If the raccoons have just crawled into the house and you can easily spot them, the easiest thing to do is to open all the windows and doors and give them time to get out of the house. When they spot the open windows, they will realize that they are in a wrong place and they will willingly leave the house.

You should never fight with the raccoons when trying to get them out of the house because this will only worsen the situation. Fighting them will scare them and they are likely to hide deeper into the house where it will a bit difficult to get rid of them.

I operate a professional wildlife removal and pest animal control business in Orlando Florida. I deal with wild critters and control them via trapping, exclusion, and prevention techniques. If you have raccoons in the attic and need to know how to how to get rid of raccoons, give me a call any time and I can professionally take care of your Orlando raccoon problem.

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