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Why do raccoons live in attics?

Raccoons easily access roofs and find their way into the attic from there

Raccoons easily access roofs and find their way into the attic from there

Raccoons are incredibly adaptable and intelligent creatures capable of thriving in nearly any environment. Their ability to find food and shelter in an ever expanding urban landscape has made them one of the most successful urban wildlife species. Although populations can vary greatly depending on the availability of food sources and den sites, most cities average between 15 and 25 raccoons per square kilometre. In fact, there are many more raccoons per square kilometre in cities than there are in rural areas. Studies show that that city life has produced significant differences in behaviour and physical makeup between urban and rural raccoons.

Raccoon populations in major urban centres, as well as in towns and suburbs, have surged in recent decades. As a nocturnal mammal, raccoons do most of their scavenging at night and will eat just about anything they find. Raccoons know exactly where to find unprotected garbage cans, gardens and pet food. Well-fed raccoons will live longer and have larger litters with better survival rates. In the absence of any natural predators, vehicle traffic, disease and infection represent the greatest threat to an urban raccoon’s life.

Raccoons do not construct their own den sites and would traditionally make their home inside natural tree and rock hollows. In urban areas raccoons have discovered that attics, chimneys, and sheds offer superior protection. Raccoons are at ease living alongside humans and prefer to make their home inside man-made structures.

Raccoons leave droppings behind inside attics and compact insulation

Raccoons leave droppings behind inside attics and compact insulation

The warmth and shelter provided by an attic makes it the ideal place is an ideal mate, raise families and keep out of the cold. For added security a raccoon will maintain multiple den sites in a given neighbourhood. Raccoons born in cities have smaller ranges compared to their rural cousins. They seldom venture beyond a square kilometre in search of food and shelter and will avoid crossing major traffic arteries.

Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control has been getting rid of raccoons from homes for over 25 years. Our trained specialists will perform a thorough inspection of your home to determine how the raccoons have found their way in. We then provide each of our customers with a written quote that outlines our findings as well as the exact solution we will implement to solve the problem and prevent it from happening again. If you suspect that your home is host to raccoons, be sure to call Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control at 1-888-592-0387.