who has raccoons in the attic already knows what
a problem they have and the damage they are doing
to the attic. What many people do not know is that
adult raccoons who are raising baby raccoons are
very protective of their young. If you try to block
the adults from getting into the den inside your
attic, they will practically tear your roof apart
to get back their babies. This damage then allows the
rain in, birds, insects etc.
the practical thing to do is to wait until the adults
are finished raising baby raccoons and have taken
them out of the den. Once this happens, it is recommended
that you install a one way door at the entrance to
the den to prevent them from re-entering, but also
allows them to leave. This is the safest way to deal
with raising baby raccoons and also protect your
home from further damage. Raising baby raccoons can
also be rewarding if you forget about the potential
damage. It is also important to deal with the problem
as soon as they leave. There are about 20 families
of raccoons per square mile and they each have about
4 to 5 dens. Once your family leaves, another group
will move right in and begin raising baby raccoons
all over again. They can smell when a den is vacant
and will be able to move in if you have not securely
plugged the entrance to the den .
Once they are gone, use strong heavy gauge wire mesh and cover all possible entrances, screw nailing all of the wire mesh down. Take care to properly seal any holes you need to put into your roof to avoid water leakage. Even if there are areas were they have not entered, cover these with wire mesh as well. Next you will have to deal with any damage they have caused inside and arrange for these repairs caused by the raccoons to be completed.
Be very careful with repairing damage and entering attic space after raising baby raccoons. Breathing
the feces can cause organ damage and death. In the dry air of your attic, these feces break down, become dust like and when disturbed will float in the air for you to breath. Hire professionals to clean up the attic if they have been there for some time. You may have to replace the insulation and the air vents over the soffits if there is a lot of damage. For more information on repair
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