A raccoon at night

What to Do If a Raccoon Gets Inside of Your Attic—And How to Prevent It From Happening

There’s nothing quite like settling in for the night only to hear some unidentified creature scratching in the attic. From the sounds of commotion to fears of damage and disease, it’s hard to feel comfortable knowing there’s a raccoon in the attic. Here’s a plan of action for when a raccoon makes its way indoors—and how to prevent it from happening again.


Contain Pets 

Before addressing a raccoon that has snuck into the home, contain any cats, dogs, or other pets that may be startled by the presence of another animal. This will prevent pets from trying to fight the raccoon or running away, further compounding the problem. 


Create a Tempting Trap

Simple metal cages or animal traps can be found at most hardware stores. Luckily, raccoons are attracted to many different food types, including cheese, peanut butter, or marshmallows. Place the tempting treat inside the trap and leave the attic. For extra safety, locate where the raccoon is in the attic and seal that area off with boxes or other barriers first so that the raccoon won’t approach while the trap is being prepared. Be sure to check the trap regularly, because a raccoon can quickly die of starvation or dehydration if left imprisoned. Remember, never try to catch or directly handle a raccoon, as this may provoke them to bite.


Call in Backup

Sometimes, raccoons aren’t tempted by traps or are too smart to get caught, or homeowners are unsure of the best way to release a trapped raccoon back into the wild. It’s best to call in professional raccoon removal services to ensure the safety of members of the household, pets, and even the raccoon itself. These humane pest control services can prevent the spreading of rabies, respiratory diseases, and damage to property that pests like raccoons, squirrels, skunks, and other pests cause.


Prevent Further Infestation 

If a raccoon ends up in the attic, it means there are factors that may tempt or aid other pests from invading a home as well. Prevent further infestation by securing garbage and compost piles, which can attract a number of unwanted animals. Never try to feed a raccoon, and don’t leave pet food outside unattended. To further prevent future needs for pest control, eliminate any areas where raccoons may make their dens, such as openings under porches. Finally, ensure that any openings that lead into sheds or attics are closed off, including chimneys.


Although raccoons can sometimes be safely trapped by a homeowner, it’s best to have professional services remove the pest. North East Wildlife Management can efficiently and humanely remove raccoons and other wild animals from New England homes. For more information about our raccoon, bat, or squirrel removal services, call us today at (781) 562-9659.


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