Raccoons are nocturnal animals that are known for being crafty dumpster divers. They may seem comical or even cute, but not if they are in your home! Raccoons are messy creatures that scratch, shred and destroy almost everything they come into contact with. It’s important for you to know and be able to recognize the signs of a raccoon in the attic, so if one does gain access, you can call professionals to get rid of it asap!
1. It’s reproduction season
Early spring is baby raccoon season. It peaks in early March, and this is when raccoon mothers are desperately seeking a warm, isolated and safe space to protect their babies. The is the most likely part of the year in which raccoons will try very hard to gain access to your attic. After baby raccoons are born it takes approximately 3 months for them to be able to move around on their own. So the raccoons will probably hang out in your attic until the babies are ready to go out into the world independently. Have you seen an adult female raccoon hanging around outside during the spring months? If so, it’s almost a guarantee that she has babies nearby. Or you might hear a high-pitched whining sound- that’s the raccoon babies crying for their mother. Don’t worry! If you’re reluctant to take action because you don’t want to hurt the babies, rodent and wildlife removal experts can remove baby raccoons safely without killing or hurting them.
2. Listen Carefully
Are you noticing unusual or unexplained noises around the house lately? Don’t brush this off! Stop and take notice. Listen carefully and identify where the noises are coming from. Are they coming from the attic? Here’s a descriptive list of different types of noises that signal a raccoon is in the attic:
- Sounds like growls can be from an adult raccoon, and crying sounds are made by the babies. These are unique to raccoons; other rodents like mice, squirrels, and rats do not make vocal sounds.
- Sound of scurrying is likely the raccoons moving around in the attic
- Gnawing sounds signal the process of chewing or otherwise damaging wood or other items in the attic or on the outside of the house.
- Sounds like scratching and tunneling are made when the raccoons are constructing a nest. Raccoons often use attic insulation as nesting materials.
- Sounds of burrowing or tearing are made by a raccoon trying to enlarge an entry or exit location into the attic.
- Sounds of scraping or scurrying are often signs of raccoons walking on rooftops. This sound is more likely to occur at night.
Using a keen ear can be one of the best ways to identify if a raccoon has invaded your attic space. A weight and size make their movement sounds more pronounced and easy to distinguish. If you recognize any of these noises, you need to check out the situation immediately!
3. Damaged Materials
As soon as a raccoon finds its way into your attic it will begin to nest. Raccoons are crafty and smart animals. They are resourceful and will use any of the materials on hand in your attic to make a cozy nest. Most likely, they’ll bring in some scavenger things from the outdoors- leaves, twigs, and other debris. But they’ll mainly find and shred paper, cloth and attic insulation as the primary bedding materials for their nest.
Shredded cloth and paper is messy but mostly harmless. Shredded insulation, however, is useless! Without proper insulation, your home will not be able to regulate a comfortable temperature and you’ll waste energy and money. Another major concern is the structural support in your attic- the wooden beams are likely to be scratched or gnawed on by raccoons. If the integrity of the structural support becomes compromised, you have a very dangerous situation on your hands!
A raccoon can wreak havoc in the attic. The best preventative measure is to be alert and ready to take action if you recognize any of these warning signs. Contact your local experts at Green Rat Control right away to remove the raccoon and minimize potential damage to your attic.
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