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How to Locate Raccoon Babies

During the birthing season, Skedaddle begins each raccoon removal with a thorough search of your home for babies. Immobile raccoon babies cannot be trapped or chased from the attic. That means they must be located and removed from the attic by hand.

We know that mother raccoons will go to great lengths to protect and hide their babies. Finding them is almost never easy and almost always involves crawling through a cramped, sweltering attic full of itchy fibreglass insulation that’s full of raccoon urine and feces. You must go where the raccoons go to find them.

A mother raccoon and her babies in the attic

A mother raccoon and her babies in the attic

Our wildlife technicians use their trained eyes and ears to find babies tucked away in hard to reach places like soffits and wall cavities. Of course, this also puts us in pretty intimate contact with mother raccoons that are never far away. When protecting their young, mother raccoons can be highly aggressive so you must be prepared to fend her off when retrieving the babies. They can also complicate matters by taking on of the babies in her mouth and running off to another part of the attic.

A Skedaddle Wildlife Technician retrieving raccoon babies from an attic

A Skedaddle Wildlife Technician retrieving raccoon babies from an attic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is important to remain calm and in control of the mother the babies during this extraction process to ensure an effective removal. Once we have got hold of all the babies, we reunite them on the outside of the home with their mother by placing them inside a heated baby-box. From there, she can safely relocate them to one of her alternate den sites in the area.

A litter of raccoon babies removed from an attic

A litter of raccoon babies removed from an attic

 

Employing hands-on removal techniques to keep raccoon families together is not only humane, but also reduces the likelihood of further damage to your home. Making sure all babies are removed before repairing the raccoon’s entry point is very important. A mother raccoon that is locked away from its babies can cause thousands of dollars of damage to your roof as it seeks a way into the attic.

Likewise, trapping and relocating a mother raccoon away from her babies is no solution. Orphaned babies inside your attic die a slow, painful and needless death. It is often more difficult and costly to remove dead animals from your home. Decaying carcasses in your walls or attic can make your home unlivable.

If you believe that the raccoon taking up residence in your attic, chimney, shed or deck has babies it might be best to call in a professional. Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control technicians have the experience and know-how to solve even the most complex raccoon problems. Call us today for an inspection at 1-888-592-0387.

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