Between common pests to creepy crawlers, there are plenty of household guests that often come uninvited. Raccoons are known to find their way onto residential properties, in search of food or shelter with their babies. Because raccoons are comfortable living in close proximity to humans, it makes encounters that much more likely for homeowners. For those who live in rural environments and close to forests, it’s normal to find a raccoon or two on the roof or in an attic, making it important to know how to handle the situation in a humane way.
If you find a raccoon in your home, it is important to close all doors and windows that provide access to other areas of the home. Open windows or doors to the outside property, will encourage the animals to exit without exploring the rest of the indoor environment. Avoid scaring the animal or yelling, which can provoke the raccoon and lead to violent behavior. Listen for other raccoons in the home that may be present, as they may be on the roof, above the ceiling, or in the attic. most of the time, raccoons come into a property with at least one other family member or companion.
Although many people assume that capturing and trapping the animal in a cage is a viable way of removing it from the home, this rarely is a successful method. In fact, it can often lead to fighting with the animal and becoming physically injured.
For many residents, it’s common to find raccoons nesting between the months of January and June, as dens are often found in chimneys or attics of the home. Avoid moving the animals until the fall season to prevent separating the parents from their children, which could result in the baby raccoons starving and the parents becoming panicked. It’s also important to avoid relocating the raccoons to a new environment, which is illegal in many areas.
To get rid of raccoons and prevent them from returning to the property, keep all food sealed, along with closing garbage or trash cans. Raccoons will likely move on from the property if they know that food is inaccessible. Because raccoons are nocturnal, they are likely to be found at night looking for food. Use an outdoor motion sensor light or turn on a radio outdoors, which will deter them when they approach the area. If you suspect a raccoon in your home, it is best to contact an experience pest control expert to safely remove the animal.