I got a typical call from a home owner. They heard scratching in the ceiling and down in the wall. Sometimes they heard heavy noises, sometimes vocal noises, like chattering.
I knew that the culprit was raccoons. I arrived at the house, and sure enough, heard some of the scratching noises. It takes a lot of very careful listening in order to determine
the exact area the babies are in. In this case, one was down the wall of the home, and the rest were up in the ceiling between the 1st and 2nd floors.
Once I knew exactly where the noise is coming from, it's time to cut the proper hole in the wall. Be sure not to cut too close to the animal, or you could injure it!
Here is one baby raccoon. Notice the white dust covering it, that's from the drywall cut. There was only one down the wall. It was a fiesty one, and had crawled
away from the rest of the litter, and its exploration proved costly: down the wall it went. Had I not cut it out, it would have starved to death, and then caused
quite an odor in the home. The mother raccoon was too big to go down the narrow wall to save it.
After I got the first one out of the wall, I had to get the rest of the litter. They were up in the ceiling. There was no attic space in this house. This ceiling
was actually between the first and second floors of the house. The raccoon was entering the crawl space under the house and crawling up. In order to find these
babies, I used a trick I thought up many years ago: I carefully felt around on the ceiling until I found a warm spot - and that's where the litter is resting! I cut
a hole two feet from that area, so as not to injure the baby raccoons, and removed four more. Here is a photo of two of them.
I placed all five baby raccoons together in a bucket. You can see the one down in the wall still has a face full of white drywall powder. The first thing I do is
use the live babies as "bait" to trap the mother raccoon.
Here you can see the mother raccoon trapped in a cage, using some of the baby raccoons as bait. I caught her under the house, where she had been gaining access to
the walls and the gap between the floors. Once I have her, I seal up the entry points, and the problem is solved. The raccoons are relocated together.
This is not the type of work for amateurs to attempt. It has taken years of field experience to do this job right. From subtle things like using extension mirrors in tight
gaps to find the locations of the raccoon down the wall, to listening and knowing that the litter isn't all in one place, to understanding architecture, raccoon behavior, and
ultimately trapping the raccoon and properly finding and repairing the entry points, this is a job for an animal pest control professional. We are actually known as
nuisance wildlife control operators, or animal damage controllers. If you need help with a situation like this, and you live in the Orlando, FL area, give me a call.
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Listen to baby raccoons in the wall or ceiling - It is important to listen to baby raccoons in the wall or attic because youíll need to know where they are hidden to remove them. You donít want to leave a raccoon in your attic. Not only will she return there for future litters, it is possible to get some serious illnesses from a raccoon. Keep in mind that rabies, a fatal virus, can be contracted at any moment, and a healthy raccoon can return a few hours later and be infected with a dangerous disease. Because your health is on the line, removing the raccoons is important. Even if youíre not afraid of getting something like roundworms, you should worry about the damage being caused to your home. Though not as destructive as rodents, a raccoon can just as easily chew through a wire and cause a house fire. Once you know where the baby raccoons are, wait until the mother has left the attic and see if you can go up there and locate the litter. If you can remove them and place them in a cage trap, you can then use the trap to lure the mother inside. Once reunited, mother and babies can be moved to a safe area.
Raccoon in walls - Most of the time when you have a raccoon in the wall you can fish the problem animal out with a snare pole. Since the majority of homeowners donít have snare poles, this might be a situation best left to a professional. The raccoons in the walls are usually adolescents or very young kits. A mother raccoon is too large to live comfortably in the wall space. Sheíll spend most of her time in the attic or the crawlspace above the wall opening. This will allow you to trap the mother the traditional way by anchoring a cage trap to the hole she is entering through or by setting up a baited trap on the ground. If the raccoons are in the external wall where you canít access them through the attic, youíre only recourse will be to find their heat signature and cut into the wall. This can be very tricky, and you need to be prepared to immediately grab and confine a handful of adolescent raccoons. IF youíre working on a ladder on the outside of your home, it might be best to try this tactic when someone is around to help you.
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 to know how to get raccoons out of the attic
and need to know how to get rid of raccoons
on your property, give me a call any time and I can professionally
take care of your Orlando raccoon problem.