May 8

Do I have RACCOONS in my attic? (part 1)

Raccoon entry at a soffit return can go nearly unnoticed.

Raccoon entry at a soffit return can go nearly unnoticed.

May is the month when most Raccoon damage occurs.

During the month of may our phones ring here at Wildlife Control Solutions non-stop with people having damage problems from raccoons. Often homeowners are unaware of the animals living in their attic until they start hearing a chirping/chattering noise that sometimes is confused with birds. That noise is the sound of juvenile raccoons which are sometimes called kits or pups depending upon who you talk to.

At this point you need a professional.

Adult females with young can be highly aggressive when their den or nest area is entered or approached. Never open an attic hatch to stick your head in to take a peek and see what is making the noise as this can provoke an attack by the mother.

What Raccoon damage looks like from outside your home.

Often you can walk around the outside of your home and see raccoon damage for yourself if you know what to look for.

  • Damage to soffits.
  • Damaged or bent roof vents.
  • Gable louver vents with bent or broken louver fins.
  • Cigar shaped droppings on your roof or porch.
  • Insulation on the ground or hanging from your roof.
  • Scratches or claw marks on gutter downspouts or corners of house.

    Raccoon droppings tend to accumulate in the valley of a roof.

     

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