Suburban Raccoons


Downspout Roundworms

October 15th, 2018 ernie Posted in Health Risks | No Comments »

Raccoon Roundworm SymptomsIf you have raccoons living in your area or worse in your home, you need to be careful. Raccoons hanging around your home can be a source of several diseases such as rabies and roundworms. Downspout roundworms can be a source of this particular disease, especially if they defecate on your roof. Round worms are found in the scat of raccoons and rain washes this material to the eaves trough and down the downspout. Deal with the main problem quickly. Take the ncessary steps to get rid of the raccoons living in your homes attic to avoid having these diseased animals living in your home. More on this later.

Downspout Roundworms

The number of reported cases of rabies in raccoons has increased dramatically over the past 30 years. Raccoons are the main group of animals for rabies in the northeastern US, next to other animals.

Raccoon roundworm in humans (Baylisasacris procyonis) can cause blindness, brain damage, and death. Raccoons are not the only carrier of this disease, but they are the definitive host. Roundworms are very hardy and can live in a harsh environment for a long time. Avoid disturbing raccoon feces, and soil or other items contaminated by feces. Use proper protective gear or hire professionals to remove the material.

If you suspect raccoons are in your attic, deal with the problem immediately before they have babies in your attic. The best way to remove them is to install a one way trap door over the entrance. They will be able to get out but not back into your attic. Cover all other possible entrances with heavy gauge wire mesh to stop them from entering.

If there are babies, you either must either wait until they are old enough to travel themselves or physically remove them. Take precautions as mentioned above. Blocking the adults from thier babies will cause them to tear your roof apart to rescue them.

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Raccoon Droppings on My Roof

April 21st, 2018 ernie Posted in Raccoon Scat | No Comments »

Raccoon Droppings on My Roof If you have raccoon droppings on my roof that look like this, chances are you have raccoons living around your home or even in your attic. They leave their droppings in the attic as well and they urinate on your insulation. They really can do a lot of damage to your home and we strongly suggest that the home owner take action immediately. Note that most insurance companies will not deal with or cover damage from animals to your home and attic. Deal with the situation quickly or risk serous damage costing thousands of dollars to  your home.

Raccoon Droppings on My Roof

The worst thing you can do is to try to block the entrance into the attic or poison them or trap them. Blocking the entrance could mean you are trapping babies inside or an adult parent inside. The parent will try to rescue the babies and even tear another hole in your roof or siding to rescue them.

Poisoning them could mean that one dies inside your home and really cause a mess and a bad smell as the body gradually disintegrates. Trapping raccoons works but then you have an angry snarling dangerous raccoon inside a trap. You might be lucky and trap one, but they are smart and you will never trap another.

Once the raccoons are gone, other raccoons in the area can smell a vacant den (your house’s attic) and they will come visiting even if you block the old entrance up. Unless you take special precautions, another family is just going to move in.

The best approach by far is to install heavy gauge wire mesh over all possible entrances. Next install a one way trap door over the entrance they have been using. This way they can get our but not back in. Make sure the babies are out or at least old enough to travel on their own. After they are all out, remove the trap door and install the wire mesh over the entrance. Seal it so that snow and rain cannot enter.

You may have raccoons visiting your home, getting up on the roof. If you have sealed and covered all of the potential entrances with heavy gauge wire mesh properly, no more raccoons will be able to get into your home.

You can purchase humane animal traps on Amazon and have them shipped to you for a small fee or even for free. Click on this link - raccoon traps

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Raccoon Feces Hazards

March 21st, 2018 ernie Posted in Health Risks | No Comments »

raccoon feces hazardsAside from the yuk factor associated with this picture, there are a number of other problems that consumers should be aware of when faced with the problem of raccoons living in their attic. Raccoon feces hazards are at the top of the list in the writer’s opinion, but there are others as well. These include damage to the home at the entrance area to the attic; damage to the insulation; if it goes long enough the urine soaked urine can seep through to the ceiling underneath; and raccoons living in your home will begin to damage other items around your home and yard. If you do not do anything it is likely your neighbors will be upset as well. Then there is the smell. You may get used to it but anyone coming into your home will notice. But let’s get back to the main topic and what to do about the problem.

Raccoon Feces Hazards

Raccoons are typically infected with round worms. These are tiny worms that live in the intestines of the raccoon and are expelled in their feces. The interesting thing about these worms is that their eggs can live in severely dry conditions, like an attic, for many months or longer. They are tiny microscopic eggs that can actually float in the air if disturbed.

Someone in the attic and not aware of raccoon feces hazards like this can disturb the feces causing the dried feces dust including the eggs to float in the air which are then breathed into the lungs of the person in the attic unless they are wearing protective breathing apparatus.

The eggs hatch inside you and make their way to the eyes and the brain of their host. This all sounds gruesome, but it can lead to blindness or death if not treated.

If you suspect that raccoons are living in your attic, hire professionals to deal with the problem. Install a one way trap door so they can get out of the attic but not back inside. Have the insulation replaced by professionals who are wearing the appropriate safety equipment and will dispose of the old insulation appropriately.

While you are at it seal all potential entry points with heavy gauge wire so no more animals of any kind can enter. Also increase your insulation in your attic to levels that meet todays standards for new home construction to save energy heating your home.

For more posts about health risks associated with raccoons, click here.

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How can I Get Rid of Raccoons in My Attic

February 21st, 2018 ernie Posted in Raccoons in the Attic | No Comments »

Preventing Racoons from Climbing Brick WallsIf you are a homeowner and notice that raccoons are hanging around your home, chances are that they are living in someone’s attic. They could be in yours or your neighbors. The first step is to check for signs of scat or poop around on your roof. Next check for entry points. You may notice that the soffit is pushed up somewhere where it meets the roof line and they are entering your attic. In really bad situations, they have torn a hole in your roof near a wall of somewhere easy to gain entry. Once you have established that they are actually in your attic, you want to find out how to get rid of raccoons in my attic as quickly as possible.

This post will give you the basics, but most people will want to hire an expert to get rid the raccoons. Forget trapping them or killing them. Once there is a den in your attic, other families will come along and take up residence unless you employ the right long term solution.

How Can I Get rid of Raccoons in My Attic?

The best solution to get rid of raccoons in my attic is to install a one-way trap door over the entrance to your attic that is being used by the raccoons. They will be able to leave your attic easily, but not re-enter. Raccoons are nocturnal and will usually leave sometime over the next few days and then not be able to get back inside. They generally have up to five dens in the area so they will just go to another somewhere in the neighborhood. You may want to let your neighbors know about the problem.

If you reacted quickly and they have been in your attic only for a few days, you should be ok. The installer can replace the trap door with a permeant heavy gauge wire mesh so they cannot get back into your attic. While he is on your roof, have him cover all other possible entry points with wire mesh as well.

If you did not notice them in your attic, you may have several other problems. They could have young pups in your attic. If so, you have to either wait until they are old enough to travel on their own before installing the one-way trap door or you need to go into the attic and physically remove them. Leaving them in the attic to die is not an option. The decomposing bodies will smell and the parents may literally tear your roof apart to rescue them.

If you do go inside the attic, make sure that you wear protective breathing apparatus to avoid breathing dust and microscopic worms that can be floating in the air. These worms can live for a long time in your attic and cause irreparable damage to humans if ingested into the longs. They are carried by raccoons and excreted in their poop which you may also find in your attic.

Use an expert to help get rid of the raccoons in your attic and do it in a safe manner with a permanent solution like a one-way trap door. For more information on getting rid of raccoons or medical information, click here.

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Raccoon Defecating on My Roof

January 21st, 2018 ernie Posted in Raccoon Scat | No Comments »

If you see a raccoon defecating on my roof, then it probably means they are living in your attic. A raccoon defecating on your deck also could mean they are in your home or living under the deck as well. They are in the general area and you need to take steps to protect your home before they do too much damage. Whatever you do do not wait. Deal with the problem immediately to avoid more damage and also to avoid baby raccoons from being raised inside your attic.

Many consumers first inclination when faced with this kind of problem is that thy must be killed. Not only does this offend many animal rights groups, it is also actually the wrong strategy. Killing a family of raccoons will just open the door for another family to take their place. They can tell when a raccoon den is vacant and they will just move in. You get to deal with the problem all over again.

Solution to a Raccoon defecating on My Roof

The best approach my far is to block all possible entrances with heavy gauge wire mesh to stop them from getting into your home. If you block one area, they will just find another so examine your entire home for possible entry points and place the wire mesh over them. Use strong screws screw nailed into the wood and seal around the entry point with caulking.

If it is possible that the raccoons are actually inside your attic for example, you need to make sure they can get out. Most experts will agree that the best way is to install a one-way baffle door so they can get out but not back into the attic. After a few weeks when your sure they are out you can replace the baffle with a more permanent covering.

If they have babies inside your attic, you have one of two choices available. Install the baffle as mentioned above and then once the parents are out, go in the attic and remove the babies. If you do not do this the parents may literally tear your roof apart to rescue them. Be sure to wear a mask when in the attic to avoid breathing the dust and dry feces which could be floating in the air.

The other approach is to wait until the babies can travel, install the baffle and make sure they are all able to get out of the den in your attic. It means more damage, but these are really the only two choices you have.

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What is that scratching noise under floorboards

December 21st, 2017 ernie Posted in Raccoon Baffle | No Comments »

tsccoons under floorboardsIf you hear a scratching noise under floorboards in your home, it could be any number of animals. Skunks, mice, squirrels, rats or raccoons are just some of the animals that might be living under your home in the crawl space as shown in this picture. In this case a raccoon has entered the crawl space and is in the process of setting up residence. The scratching is probably the raccoon looking for a warmer spot to spend the days especially if it is in the winter time. They may also be getting ready to have their pups as well. Get rid of these raccoons as quickly as you can before they have young pups. They are very protective and will do a lot of damage if the entrance is blocked and they cannot get to their young.

Scratching noise under Floorboards

Contrary to popular opinion home owners should not shoot them or poison them. These solutions work for the current tenants, however other families of raccoons will be able to smell that this area was once a den for raccoons and that it is now vacant. It is only a matter of time before others invade your home.

The best long term solution to dealing with raccoons is to install heavy gauge wire mesh over all possible entrances. This will prevent them and other small animals from entering the crawl space or any other area of your home.

If the raccoons are still in your home, you will need to install a one way trap door where they have been entering the home. The one way trap door will allow them to leave, but will not let them back in. They will just have to find a new home and not in your house.

As we mentioned earlier if they have babies in your homes crawl space, and the adults are out, you may have to go in and get the babies out yourself. Otherwise you will just have to wait until they can travel on their own. Then use the one way trap door to remove them.

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Raccoon Damage to Homes

December 7th, 2017 ernie Posted in Damage Raccoons | No Comments »

homeowners insurance raccoon damageRaccoon damage to homes can get very expensive if you do not react immediately when they are in your home in the attic or one of the buildings attached to your home. They can make a hole in the roof or in the siding to get in. This allows rain and wind to do more damage. Some home owners will have major water damage to ceilings and walls if there is a lot of rain or snow that gets into the attic.

In addition to the environmental damage, the raccoons may leave their scat or poop along with urine soaked insulation in the attic. This only happens if you ignore the problem and let them live in your attic for some time. Perhaps you think that your homeowner’s insurance will cover all of the damages, remove the raccoons and repair the damage they caused.

Raccoon Damage to Homes – Insurance Coverage

It comes as a surprise to most home owners that their insurance company does not cover damage from animals. This is often one of the exclusions in the fine print that many homeowners never read until they are told their insurance does not cover this area. Of course who ever expects to have thousands of dollars of damage from raccoons.

Act immediately as soon as you suspect that there are raccoons in the attic. Install a one-way trap door at the entry point so they can get out but not back in. Once your sure they are out, replace the trap door with a permanent covering of heavy gauge wire mesh to prevent them from getting back in.

If they have been in your attic for a few weeks there is a chance that they will have had baby raccoons in your attic. You will have to either go in the attic and remove them yourself or wait until they are old enough to travel on their own before installing the one-way trap door. Failing to do this may cause the parents to tear another hole in your roof or siding to rescue their babies.

And yes, the home owners insurance you pay for each month will not cover this expense either. For more information on damage by raccoons to your home, how they get in etc. click here.

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Do Raccoons Swim in Water

November 21st, 2017 ernie Posted in Deterrants | No Comments »

The answer to the question, do raccoons swim in water, is definitely yes. Do they swim in backyard pools? Do they defecate on the steps or wash their food in your pool. The answer is yes to both questions. We have seen them swimming on our pool. We seen the results of them washing grubs on the steps of our pool and we have seen poop left on the steps of our pool. It is all pretty gross and turns you off in terms of ever swimming in the pool again.

In fact my family and friends were sitting in the backyard one sunny afternoon having a few drinks when a raccoon came from behind our hedge. He stopped and looked at us and I guess decided that we were no danger to him. He slowly walked over to the steps and took a drink of water before heading back into the hedge.

We were all so shocked that we did not do anything at the time. Probably a good thing since they can be quite vicious if attacked.  Now the question for us was, what could we do about this problem and how to stop them from using our pool to wash their food.

Do Raccoons Swim in Water – Prevention

If there are raccoons living in your area there are two main reasons. There is a food source and there is shelter. In our case we had both. There were lots of grubs in our lawn which on their own almost destroyed the lawn. The raccoons liked to dig up the grubs, wash them in the pool and then eat them. They dug up our lawn in the process.

We sprayed our lawn and killed all of the grubs so they stopped coming to our yard for a feast. They were still in the area, living in someones attic. Once our neighbors dealt with the problem by using one way trap doors to keep them from entering their attic, they left for other home in the area.

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Raccoon Proofing House

September 21st, 2017 ernie Posted in Deterrants | No Comments »

raccoon proofing houseIf you have raccoons in your attic already or as in this case in the crawl space under your home, it is too late for raccoon proofing house activity. You will need to install a one way trap door as this consumer has done to get them out and keep them out. Once the raccoons come out of the space, this one way trap door will keep them from going back in. Make sure that there are no babies left inside, otherwise the mother raccoon will do everything she can to rescue them. She can do a lot of damage in a situation like this.

If there are raccoons in your neighborhood or in someone else’s home, raccoon proof your house now before they get locked out and begin looking for a new den!

Raccoon Proofing House Steps to Take

Use heavy gauge chicken wire like that shown in the picture. Cover all potential entrance points to block entry to your home. Make sure to use self sealing screws or dab with caulking to avoid water leaks when screw nailing into your roof. Here are some of the areas that you need check and install chicken wire to prevent raccoons getting inside your attic or under your home:

  • Walk around your home and identify any entrance point at ground level
  • Cover all points of entry with chicken wire
  • Cover all roof vents with chicken wire
  • Cover chimney vents with chicken wire
  • Wherever one roof overhangs another, install chicken wire over the soffits
  • If in doubt install chicken wire, raccoons are very smart and have a lot of experience breaking into peoples homes.

It is better to take these precautions now vs. waiting until they have broken into your home. If the neighbors have them, your going to get them in your home too. For more information on raccoon proofing house deterrents, click here.

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How do You Get Rid of Raccoons

August 21st, 2017 ernie Posted in How To | No Comments »

get rid of raccoonsA family of raccoons living in your attic or around your home can be a real problem. The can destroy a home by tearing the siding away to get inside letting in snow, rain and even other animals. They will leave their urine and scat on your insulation which not only is a stinking mess, it lowers the insulation value and it is a health hazard. If you think there are raccoons living in your attic, act quickly to get rid of raccoons before they do a great deal of damage that could cost you thousands of dollars.

How to get Rid of Raccoons

Many experts, neighbors and friends will tell you that you need to trap them and then take them away to a forest somewhere. This is the wrong thing to do on several levels. There could be babies inside your attic. They will die inside your attic and make the situation worse. Some communities have bylaws in place that prevents trapped animals from being removed from their immediate surroundings. If the babies are still inside and the parents are released nearby, the will literally tear your roof apart trying to rescue them. Finally if the den in your attic is vacant another family of raccoons will just move in.

The right way to deal with this problem is to build a one way trap door so that the raccoons can get out but not back in. If there are babies are still inside, you either have to get them out and release them to the parents or wait until they are old enough to travel on their own. Once the leave through the trap door, you can place a heavy gauge wire mesh over the opening and all other potential entrances to keep them out.

Now they are out and they never will be able to get back in. No other roving families of raccoons can get in either. They will try bit will be foiled by the wire mesh. While you are doing all of this, remove all potential food sources from around your home so that there is nothing to attract them to your area.

 

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Raccoons in Suburbia

July 21st, 2017 ernie Posted in Raccoon Baffle | No Comments »

raccoons in suburbiaBelieve it or not, Raccoons are everywhere in nature. They are in the wild and there lots of raccoons in suburbia. In a few situations you can even find then on downtown core areas where there is lots of food available for them.

We recently viewed a video showing a group of concerned citizens who where out on nightly patrol. They would visit all the local dumpsters in the area and bang on the sides of the dumpsters. They were always amazed at how many raccoons and sometimes rats as well that would jump out of the dumpster.

They of course had dogs with them who trained to attack the raccoons and the rats. They would sometimes kill as many as 100 animals in a night. Now some people might think this is a terrible thing to do. Consider the disease possibilities. Also the damage they do to peoples homes and property before you take sides. These animals cannot continue growing in numbers.

Raccoons in Suburbia

There are as many raccoons in suburbia. They have more places to hide and live. Whether it is under a deck or in someones attic, they can be safe during the day and head out in search of food at night.

They do spread disease. Be careful around them especially of they have left poop in your attic or around the outside of your home. They can do a great deal of damage to your attic and roof. Tearing a hole in the side of your home or in your roof is bad enough. Leaving feces and urine all over your attic is gross.

Make arrangements to have them removed using a one way trap door. This is the best way to get them out and keep them out forever. Block all other potential entrances to avoid the raccoons getting back in. Hire an expert if you are uncomfortable getting up on the roof. You can purchase humane animal traps on Amazon and have them shipped to you for a small fee or even for free. Click on this link – raccoon traps

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Preventing Raccoons from Climbing Brick Walls

June 21st, 2017 ernie Posted in Raccoon Deterrent | No Comments »

Preventing Raccoons from Climbing Brick WallsIf raccoons are on your roof or worse in your attic, you need to do several things. This is in addition to preventing raccoons from climbing brick walls. First block the entrance to your attic with heavy gauge chicken wire. If they are inside you also need to add a one way trap door to let them out and not back in. You do not want them to die inside your attic or tearing it apart trying to get out.

Preventing Raccoons from Climbing Brick Walls

Next you want to focus on preventing them from climbing brick walls and getting on your roof. If there are over hanging tree branches, trim your trees. They can easily climb brick walls too. Install wire guards that will act as a barrier if they are climbing the wall.

Remove all potential food sources around your property. This includes garbage bins, pet food and even grubs in the lawn. Anything they can eat should be removed. You want to make your place unfriendly to raccoons!

Never handle raccoon poop by hand. Use plastic gloves, avoid breathing dust in the attic where there is poop from any animal including raccoons. Humans can easily become infected by microscopic worms that attack the eyes and the brain.

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How to discourage raccoon latrines

May 21st, 2017 ernie Posted in Raccoon Deterrent | No Comments »

Raccoon latrines can be found in many different locations around your home, in your attic, on your roof, in your garden etc. They are a place where raccoons leave their poop along with other animals. It is disgusting especially if you find them in your attic let alone in your garden. There is also a safety hazard associated with raccoon latrines. The scat can be infected with round worms which are very hardy and can exist in many different environments for months and years. Infection in humans from wound worms can cause blindness and even death. Wear a mask, use gloves and never handle raccoon scat with your bare hands. Keep children and pets away from the area. Hire specialists to remove it from your attic or roof.

Discourage Raccoon Latrines – Attic

Install heavy gauge wire mesh across all entrances to your attic to keep them out. If you suspect the raccoons are inside your attic, install a one way trap door across the opening so they can get out but not back in. Arrange to have your attic insulation removed and new insulation installed.

Discourage Raccoon Latrines – Roof

If there is raccoon scat on your roof, chances are that they are also inside your attic. Once you apply the solution mentioned above they will look for another home and stop using the latrine on your roof. Carefully remove the scat as mentioned above to avoid infection.

Discourage Raccoon Latrines – Yards

You may find the raccoon latrine at the base of a tree, along side your foundation and other locations around your yard. Start by removing all potential food sources from your yard. This includes your garbage, fruits from fruit trees, grubs in your lawn etc. Consumers have used a number of approaches with varying success.

  • Auto motion sensitive water sprayers
  • Wire mesh over area
  • Food sources laced with jalapeno
  • Moth balls
  • Bright lights that turn on based on motion

 

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Health Risks from Raccoon Excrement

April 21st, 2017 ernie Posted in Health Risks | No Comments »

Health Risks from Raccoon ExcrementAside from the yuk factor, there are some serious health risks from raccoon excrement. Excrement from raccoons carries the eggs from the round worm. These eggs can survive for years in all kinds of situations including hot dry attics. When the feces are disturbed after drying out, particles float into the air, including these eggs and are easily ingested by breathing if you are in the attic without proper protection. Once ingested they can incubate within your body and travel to various parts of your system.

Health Risks from Raccoon Excrement – Eyes and Brain

These round worms have been known to prefer the mucus of the eyes and the brain. There is no cure and they can cause blindness, mental issues and even death. If you or anyone you know is going into the attic, always take special precautions to protect yourself.

Wear protective clothing, air breathers and properly dispose of the clothing etc once you are finished. If the decision is to remove the insulation and raccoon excrement, utilize a company who specializes in environmental removal and disposal techniques. You do not want this stuff getting into the living areas of your home.

Although it will cost quite a bit of money, replacing the insulation with new material will give you peace of mind and better insulation in your home. Once this is completed you also need to make sure that the raccoons and other animals cannot enter into your attic. Cover all possible openings and entrances to your attic with heavy gauge wire mesh to stop them in the future. If they are still in your attic, have a one way trap door installed so they can get out but not back in. Make sure that any babies are old enough to travel on their own otherwise you will have a very excited and angry parent trying to rescue their babies which could cause even more damage than they have already accomplished.

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Best Way to Poison Raccoons

March 21st, 2017 ernie Posted in Poison For Raccoons | No Comments »

one way trap doors for raccoonsBottom line, you should not poison raccoons! The best way to poison raccoons is to install a one way trap door like the one shown in this picture. They will be able to get out but not back in. Sure you might poison the current family of raccoons. But what about the next family and the next one after that. Raccoons know when a den is vacant. They will come visiting unless you install a permanent solution. Once they are out you can remove the trap door and cover the area with heavy gauge wire mesh!

Best Way to Poison Raccoons – Animal Rights

Frankly we are not motivated by animal rights although our solution helps to meet their goals. We are recommending a long term solution that works and keeps them out of your home or other buildings.

Even if you trap them, you still need to get rid of them. Take them several miles away and drop the off! Sure, they are another family of raccoons will just come back.

By far the best solution is to cover the entrance with wire mesh after you have them out of the building. While your at it cover all other potential entrances with wire mesh as well. Make sure the babies are out, otherwise your going to have a very upset mother raccoon who will tear your roof apart to rescue them.

 

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Can Raccoons Climb Downspouts

February 21st, 2017 ernie Posted in Removing Raccoons | No Comments »

can raccoons climb downspoutsIf it is a stand alone aluminum pipe, probably not. However if there is brick close by raccoons can definitely climb the brick and use the pipe as a bridge to gain access to your attic. The picture in this post amply demonstrates how raccoons climb downspouts. You can see the paw prints on the pipe and the access to the attic. When we were researching this post we watched many videos showing raccoons climbing brick walls, pipes, fences and much more. They are smart and can problem solve which helps them find their way into many places.

Can Raccoons Climb Downspouts

Once they are in the attic, even if you block the entrance or the climbing area, they will find another way. If they have babies in the attic, they will literally tear your roof apart to rescue them.

Home owners either have to wait until they can travel on their own or somehow get them out without being attacked by the mother. They will do a lot of damage if you do not get them out quickly. Install a one way trap door so they can leave the den but not get back in. There are many companies that will install the trap door and also install heavy gauge chicken wire on all other possible entry points. This is by far the best method to get rid of raccoons in your attic.

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How to Deal with Raccoon Scat

January 21st, 2017 ernie Posted in Raccoon Scat | No Comments »

How to Deal with Raccoon ScatIt is a serious problem to have raccoons in your attic. Not only do they make a mess, they leave their scat or poop all over the place along with urine that ruins the insulation. Not only is it messy, there is also a health issue to be concerned about. How to deal with raccoon scat in a home or even around your home can be easily dealt with in a safe manner. All you need to do is follow a few simple rules.

How to Deal with Raccoon Scat Safely

We will list the rules or guideline for readers here:

  • First job is to get rid of the raccoons using a one way trap door. See other posts about this approach and why it works so well.
  • Once they are out, hire a professional with the proper equipment to remove the insulation and the scat etc.
  • Do not risk removing the insulation etc yourself. You can become infected and have all kinds of problems.
  • If a company says they will remove the scat without environmental controls, find someone else. They do not know what they are doing.
  • Never pick up scat with your bare hands. Aside from the yuk factor, you do not want to risk accidental ingestion of the eggs from the larvae. Use plastic gloves and immediately through the bag and contents into the garbage. Do not let your animals or children near it.
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Can Raccoons Climb Houses

December 21st, 2016 ernie Posted in Raccoon Intelligence | No Comments »

can raccoons climb houseThe answer to the question, Can Raccoons Climb Houses is definitely yes! As you can see from the picture, these raccoons can climb up the brick wall and onto the roof. Once on the roof they are able to explore possible entrances for sites into your attic. This is what they are looking for. A nice warm protected space that they can use to raise their babies in safety. The writer of this blog, personally had this particular problem. Raccoons were climbing up the brick at the front of our house, onto our roof and into the attic over our living room.
If you have this problem, it is very important that you deal with it immediately, before they do a lot of damage. The rest of this post will cover the best ways to get rid of these raccoons and keep them permanently out of your attic.

Can Raccoons Climb Houses

If they are on the roof, they probably are already inside your attic. Don’t waste your time on trying to trap them, use loud noises or mothballs to try and get rid of them. It is just a waste of time and frustrating as well.

The best way to get rid of raccoons who are in your attic, is to build a one-way trip door at the entrance to the den in your attic. This one way trap door will allow the raccoons to get out of the attic, but not back in. If you do this quickly as soon as you notice raccoons around your home or in your attic there will be little damage.

Once you are sure they are out of the attic, remove the trap door and install heavy gauge wire mesh across all possible entrances to the attic. This will keep them out and avoid further damage.

If they have already had babies and they are in your attic, you will have to wait until they are old enough to travel before installing the trap door. Adult raccoons will literally tear your roof apart to rescue their babies.

Review some of our other posts on this subject and also about dealing with removing the raccoon scat from your attic. There is a serious health concern that should be dealt with before entering the attic.

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Raccoon Latrine on my Roof

November 21st, 2016 ernie Posted in Raccoon Roundworm | No Comments »

Raccoon Latrine on my RoofIf you see a lot of poop on your roof it could be a serious health concern. Essentially there is a raccoon latrine on your roof or worse in your attic. There are health concerns, physical damage concerns and removal steps you need to follow. Bottom line is never allow anyone including your children to handle raccoon poop from a raccoon latrine by hand. The poop contains eggs from the Baylisascaris procyonis or raccoon roundworm. These eggs if ingested can cause eye damage, brain damage and even death. Take special precautions if you need to remove raccoon feces from your home or other areas.

Raccoon Latrine on my Roof

If you have raccoon poop on your roof, it means the local raccoons have decided to use your roof as a latrine. If they are inside your attic, you may find feces inside on the insulation as well. You will need to hire a company to remove the insulation and dispose of it in an environmentally safe manner. This can be expensive.

In addition you need to make sure that the raccoons cannot continue entering your home. Install heavy gauge wire mesh over all potential entrances. If they are already inside, install a one way trap door over the entry point to they can get out and not back in. Make sure there are no baby raccoons inside. Either wait until they are old enough to travel on their own or go in and get them. Be sure to wear protective breathing apparatus and also gloves. disinfect everything after.

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Why is there animal feces in my window well?

October 21st, 2016 ernie Posted in Raccoon Scat | No Comments »

why is there animal feces in my window well?In this example, it is pretty obvious. The answer to the question. Why is there animal feces in my window well? Baby skunks some how have ended up in the window well and cannot get out. The mother cannot be too far away and will be around to protect her young. The home owner needs to do something to get these guys out, otherwise they may die in his window well leaving a terrible smell and mess. I would hire professionals to deal with this mess. But sometimes it is not quite so obvious regarding, why is there animal feces in my window well?

Why is there animal feces in my window well?

For what ever reason raccoons will defecate in window wells. Once they select a spot it can be pretty difficult to stop them. There are several things that need to be considered. We will cover each of them in the following paragraphs.

Get Rid of Food Sources – remove all nearby food sources. Pet food, garbage, grubs in the lawn etc. If there is no food they will not come around your home as often.

Block Entrance to Your Home – make sure they are not living in your attic or some other building nearby. Call professionals to inspect and install wire mesh over all potential entrances. If they are already inside, you will need a one way trap door so they can get out but not back in.

Block entrance to Window Well – Install a heavy gauge wire mesh over the window well so they cannot get into the well. Clean it out first, using a shovel. Do not touch the feces. it can be infected and cause a lot of health problems. See other posts on this site.

Enlist your neighbors – let them know what is going on and ask them to avoid leaving food sources out as well as get them to check that raccoons are not living in their attic or under their porch.

Good luck.

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