1. Raccoons Seek Spaces Like AtticsAttics are an ideal location for raccoons looking to protect their babies from predators and from the harsh weather conditions synonymous with winter. Some of the reasons why these creatures take up residences in attics include:
- The location, which is high above the ground and away from natural predators of raccoons, such as coyotes, who go after baby raccoons in ground dens.
- The space, which is covered by a roof, keeps babies safe from predators like owls and hawks
- The attic's warmth makes it an ideal location for mothers to keep their young who do not yet have a full coat of fur
- The attic's proximity to food and water, which animals of all kinds look for when searching for a place to stay
- Ensuring that the space is sealed off, including around doors, windows and the roof
- Keeping the space clean and uncluttered to discourage the use of the space to stay secure and cozy
- Hiring a professional wildlife control service to remove any existing critters in your home
2. Raccoons Are ProtectiveRaccoon mothers are serious about protecting their vulnerable young babies. As a result, the removal of these animals becomes more complicated when there are babies involved. Some signs that raccoons have entered your home and are hanging around include:
- The presence of fur and droppings on the floor, roof, or along edges of walls and fences.
- Evidence of insulation, vents and other items being chewed on or otherwise disturbed
- Noises coming from the attic and other areas where human residents rarely frequent