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What to do when there is a raccoon in your attic

Abell Pest Control

Have you recently heard some weird noises coming from attic? You know it's not Santa Claus, so you're left wondering who's up there. Chances are good you've got a new and unwanted roommate - a raccoon. No one ever told a raccoon "mi casa es tu casa," so it's time to do something about it. Don't let raccoons rule your roost, it's time to get serious with pest control management.

The raccoon

First let's discuss why these guys have chosen to make your home their new bedroom. Raccoons are great climbers and are nocturnal so they love dark places - hence how they came to be in your attic, explained The Humane Society of The United States. The other important thing to note is that mother raccoons will try to find a quiet place to birth and raise their young, and your home is much quieter and safer than threats in the woods. But that isn't a good reason for them to stay.

The pest control process

The source explained that you fist have to find out how the raccoon is entering your home. Once you locate a hole that you think the animal is entering through, stuff some newspaper in it and leave it there for a couple of days. Return to the hole and see if the paper has been moved. If it has, you've found your entryway. Next Home Remedy Hacks explained that you need to get rid of anything that is attracting the animal to your property. This might be easy access to garbage or vegetables from your garden. Make sure your garbage lids are secure and put up fencing around your gardens so it's harder for them to get in. You can also plant cucumber in your garden to ward away hungry animals - they can't stand the smell, reported the source.

As mentioned earlier, raccoons love peace, quiet and darkness, so another option is to get rid of the opportunity to give them that luxury, said HRH. Turn on bright lights and play loud music to scare them out. The Humane Society recommended installing a one-way door is a good way to get animals out of attics on their own. This door will allow them to leave, but won't let them get back inside. This should only be a method if the raccoon is without young however, otherwise her offspring will suffer. If this is the case, you are probably better off having professional pest removal services deal with extracting the intruder from your home.


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Abell Pest Control is a family owned Canadian company dedicated to providing effective, professional and courteous service in pest management.Started in 1924 with one office, Abell now employs several hundred people with branch offices across Canada and the United States.

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