I can’t get rid of a raccoon in my attic.

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  • Well then, if you can't lure him or her out with food, call an exterminator. Once out, clean up the mess and block or screen off any possible entrances.

  • Betsy Betsy on Apr 22, 2018
    If you can put a radio on and some lights, that may help. If not, add some mothballs to the mix.

  • Dee Dee on Apr 22, 2018
    Raccoons live in dens. Female groups with young may even share a den. While they don't make their own dens, they will use old dens from other animals. Rotten logs or hollowed out trees are common nests, and they may even sleep on the ground during the spring or summer. It is not an easy thing to take care of! The problem is that there are almost ALWAYS baby raccoons in the attic, along with an adult female. The young are helpless in a nesting area of the attic, and can't be trapped. They must be removed by hand - you or the wildlife technician you hire must go into the attic and remove the babies by hand. You can then use them to trap the female raccoon, and get all of them out at once, thus enabling you to relocate them all together (if you wish, or if state law allows it)

    • Thank you, this is the humane way to do it. I have a fondness for raccoons even though they can be destructive. When I was a kid, a friend's parent was a wildlife rescue person, and we raised a baby raccoon wherein the mom and siblings had been killed. Do not kid yourself, they are wild animals, even in captivity, they are very instinctive. Contrary to popular myth, raccoons are not all rabid. You will know a rabid animal by its behavior. Here we just relocate them.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Apr 22, 2018
    I do not think that is a diy.hire a professional

  • Edean Edean on Apr 22, 2018
    Join the club.I have flying squirrel in my attic in still trying to get rid of!

  • Dalethomason Dalethomason on Apr 22, 2018
    Loud heavy metal music in attic and a feeding station of fruit outside... then seal up those holes pronto!!!

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Apr 22, 2018
    fyi raccoons have rabbis

  • Edean Edean on Apr 23, 2018
    That spelt rabies

  • Sharon Sharon on Apr 23, 2018
    I agree you definitely don't want to get bit, call a pro.

  • Animal control.

  • Good luck ♥ We've had raccoon visitors during the night in my back yard several times over the years. They would catch the koi in my pond. Now it would be different if they would eat them, but they would just play with them and leave them all over the yard. I've tried animal control in our area, they said they wouldn't help us, but to get a Havahart trap, then release them at least 100 miles away because they travel that and more. An exterminator was way too expensive. Had a trap, tried, could never catch them...tried sardines, marshmallows, tuna, canned cat food and more. I devoured the web for info on how to get them to go. Tried criss crossing fishing line throughout the back yard, raccoon's didn't mind it, the dogs hated it. Lit the backyard up like a runway – didn't phase them, Human hair, human urine, could have cared less about either, Tried "The Scarecrow" motion detector that hooks to the hose and sprays when it senses motion. Raccoon's loved it,Dogs were scared of it and refused to go out during the day even when it was off. Tried coyote urine, didn't phase the coons one bit. Tried little red flashing lights around the perimeter of the yard, raccoon's didn't notice them. Summer came and they stopped coming. We had no birdseed out for the wild birds, no dog food out, nothing. They came back the following winter and brought friends. Tried everything again to no avail. Got up one morning and they were still here! They were usually gone by then. One of my dogs slipped....pushed by me as I was trying to shoo them away. She was a Great Dane....they took her down. Now I love all animals, but don't come to my place and mess with mine. My sons stayed up the following night, shot 2 of them. They haven't been back since. It was horrid, the screams my poor dog let out as they were biting her. Please be careful. I wouldn't attempt to even catch it, You have to pick up that wire cage after all!. They are fierce and will bite. Be careful please.