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How to remove raccoons from an attic

A thorough understanding of raccoon behaviour and biology is critical to their effective control. The first step in getting rid of raccoons is a complete exterior inspection of your home. Without knowing how they are coming and going you cannot prevent their return.

Raccoons easily pull down soffit panels above roof lines

Raccoons easily pull down soffit panels above roof lines

Raccoons have the strength and intelligence to access your attic by damaging soffits, siding and vent systems. Fortunately, they always leave clues as to how they have entered. In some cases, a raccoon’s entry point can be easily identified while standing on the ground. Other times it requires climbing ladders and scaling roofs in search of a tell-tale paw print or piece of fur.

A Skedaddle Wildlife Technician repairing raccoon damage

A Skedaddle Wildlife Technician repairing raccoon damage

Once we have identified all active and potential points of wildlife entry on your home we will prepare a written quote that details our findings and plan of action. We know that most homeowners never expect to play host to a family of raccoons and that the entire situation can be very stressful. Our technicians are happy to answer questions you may have and will always take the time to explain our proven process. All of Skedaddle’s work is backed for up to 5 years with a written guarantee.

We begin every removal by climbing into your attic and performing an exhaustive search for any immobile raccoon babies. Once located, the babies are quickly removed from your attic and placed inside a heated baby-box. Our technicians will position the baby-box near the mother’s entry and exit point so she can easily find and relocate them to one of her other den sites in the neighbourhood. While in the attic, your wildlife technician will inspect for damage and advise you of any clearing and cleaning required.

A mother raccoon inside Skedaddle's heated baby box

A mother raccoon inside Skedaddle’s heated baby box

While searching for the babies, our technicians will physically chase the mother raccoon from the attic through her usual entry point. If we are unable force the mother out without putting her under undue stress, we will allow her to exit the attic on her own terms. Guided by her maternal instinct, a mother raccoon separated from her young will be highly motivated to exit the attic and reunite herself with her young.

Relocating her babies

Relocating her babies

To ensure that the mother raccoon cannot turn around and return to the attic, our technicians install a one-way door over her exit and secure any other potential points of entry. Skedaddle’s uniquely designed one-way doors allow raccoons to exit their den site while permanently blocking their access. Once a mother raccoon realizes that she can no longer get back in the attic she must begin relocating her babies to one of her well known alternate den sites.

As part of process Skedaddle technicians will deodorize your attic and the entry area to eliminate the scent that the animals have left behind. Raccoons communicate with one another through smell and deodorizing prevents the other 15 to 20 raccoons in the neighbourhood from being attracted to your home.

Finally, once Skedaddle has got rid of the raccoons and prevented their return, we will return to your home to remove the one-way door, secure the former entry area and perform a final inspection. Skedaddle’s proven process provides quick, humane and effective results that you can trust. Our call-centre is open seven days a week to take your call and answer questions you may have. Call us today at 1-888-592-0387.

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