Favourite Nesting Places for RaccoonsRaccoons can potentially nest anywhere they think their offspring will be safe and warm. They also like places that have good access to food and other resources. The following are a few of the top spots in homes.
Under Decks and PorchesDecks and porches offer raccoons safe and secluded nesting spots that are both sheltered from the elements and rarely visited by humans. This is especially true if the area is enclosed. Nesting materials can easily be stacked up in a corner where they will stay dry and warm for raccoon babies. Decks and porches also have the advantage of being easily accessible for raccoons.
ChimneysFor similar reasons, chimneys tend to be popular with raccoons. They are protected from the weather, predators and people. Plus, since raccoons are good climbers, they are fairly easy to access. A lot of people don’t use their chimneys or only rarely do, especially during the spring birthing season. So, these spots tend to be very attractive to raccoons.
AtticsAttics are another common choice for raccoons seeking nests. Like the other hotspots, attics are safe from predators and the weather. Plus, they are very rarely accessed by people. Thus, the raccoons can safely hide away and raise their young. It also doesn’t hurt that many attics are packed with insulation, which can be a convenient nest-building material. Many homes have gaps, eaves, vents and other possible entryways that let raccoons into attics.
Sheds and Other Detached StructuresFinally, raccoons often like to set up shop in sheds and other such detached structures. Again, these are quite easy to access safely. Many sheds are not built to the same standard as other human structures; thus, they are more likely to have gasps that raccoons can crawl through. Sheds with insulation, crawl spaces or other good nest-building spots tend to be especially popular.
Signs of an InfestationFor raccoons, human homes offer a convenient place to set up a nest that is warm, dry, safe from predators and has easy access to food. In other words, spots like the above check everything on the raccoon wish list. Therefore, it is important to keep an eye out for signs of an infestation:
- Noises coming from the walls or attic - pets may be especially in-tune to these
- Droppings, urine stains or strangely built-up materials (nests)
- Knocked over trash cans
- Damage to your property such as scrapes, bites and gnawed materials