Raising Baby Raccoon

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Anyone 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.

Unfortunately 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 for raccoons and other associated topics visit our site map.

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