Raccoons Mean Business
Raccoons can do a lot of damage to a home. An attic is a raccoon’s playground and just like a kid, they can be destructive at times. They frequently tear apart the HVAC system, tear through wiring, and destroy the integrity of a home’s insulation by throwing insulation everywhere.
Most often a raccoon gets into an attic at a roof joint where the soffit is weakest and easiest to remove. Their raiser sharp claws and ability to use their thumbs to grab things makes these weak points and other areas of concern very easy to get through without proper preventative work by a knowledgeable wildlife technician. And as one Orlando customer learned the hard way, if the animal is not dealt with properly and all precautions taken, a much bigger problem may arise.
I was called out to a home in Orlando that had been having an issue with raccoons getting into the attic over the last few months. It’s never a good sign when someone knowingly allows any animal problem, especially a raccoon due to their immense strength and size in general, to go on for that long. The longer a raccoon stays in your attic the greater the chance of damage occurring to the home. Also, the longer the raccoon is in the attic the harder it is to evict them without using traps.
The raccoon feels comfortable and is more inclined to stay since they’ve already been there so long, especially if they’ve had babies during this period. That was this customer’s issue. He had tried getting rid of the raccoon several times by scaring it away with lights and noise in the attic, vinegar and ammonia sprayed in the attic, and finally by sealing the raccoon out once he saw it leave at night. This was a big mistake. He did a very good job sealing the entry point but completely neglected, simply out of not knowing to check, to completely assess the situation.
The Wildlife Expert Gets Involved
This is where our technicians are so important at Nuisance Wildlife Removal. It turned out the raccoon he excluded from the attic was a mother raccoon with babies still trapped in the attic. At this point, there’s usually not much that can keep them out. Just like any mother with her babies in danger or cut off, this raccoon did everything to get them back. It tore straight through the roof to get back in.
Now, not only does the customer have to worry about getting rid of the raccoon again, but will have to have some substantial roof repair done. Another example of why a professional wildlife technician should always be called out to deal with nuisance animals. Give Nuisance Wildlife Removal a call at 1-866-263-9453.
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