Our Experience with Raccoons in the Attic

Raccoons broke through our soffit

We recently had raccoons in the attic while we were away on vacation this past spring. We had thought we heard something banging in the attic, while we were still home, however our neighbor called us to tell us the raccoons had broken part of the soffit, and which he was kind enough to repair the raccoon damage for us. We immediately called a specialist in the removal of raccoons and to repair the damage the raccoons had caused. He informed us that we should wait.

This was in March and he indicated that the raccoons probably had babies and would do anything to get back into our attic if we blocked the hole they had created. He suggested that we wait until they were old enough then he would trap them and take them away. The bad part was that we had to wait two to three months and that he would only take the raccoons 2 blocks away due to local raccoon bylaws. Who knew and how ridiculous was that. He wanted $600 and really would not fixed the problem since they would definitely come back when dropped off that close. We wanted a better way to get rid of our raccoon invaders.

My answer to this was to buy my own trap and then release the raccoons 10 miles away, unharmed. I was able to trap the young raccoons and the adults left a little while later. But there was more problems to be concerned about before we stopped the raccoon damage. . . .


The Raccoons climbed a tree and also up the brick. Once on the roof they pushed the soffit back under and overhang and found their way into the attic. These raccoons did a lot of damage in our attic to our insulation and if they have young babies will tear your roof apart to get too them.

I tried using mothballs to get the raccoons to leave, however they just ignored that, so do not waste your time. Nor do many of these other so called deterrents. You have to trap them and you have to be smart about it, since they will discover ways to get the food out of the trap without setting the trap off.

Another word of caution, if you are going into the attic, make sure you are wearing a breathing mask since their feces turn to powder and will cause potential damage to your lungs if you breath some of this dust into your lungs.

Browse our web site for other hints and tips about catching and removing raccoons from your attic.


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