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What should I do if I find a nest of raccoons in the attic?

If you find a nest of raccoon babies in the attic, it is obvious that pregnant female raccoon has sometime ago entered your attic and created a nest there to give birth to babies and to raise them their until they are capable to care for themselves. This period lasts several months. First month or so babies are breastfed and can't go outside, because they are completely dependent on their mother. After this first month or so, mother will begin to take her offspring out to teach them how and where to find the food. This is good moment to trap entire family, because while babies are too small, there is no way that they could survive capturing or relocation. Wild animals are not the ones that can be kept as pets in homes. These are also not allowed to be entered in homes, attic, or any place where the human are to move about. This is just because of the threats and dangers which is caused by the wild animal’s presence.



What to do if you find a nest in the attic-steps
If you ever find a nest of raccoons in the attic, here is what to do:
  1. Inspect entire house to make sure what their entry point was? Make sure to safely close this point to prevent further movement there. Think of opened windows on the attic or the basement, loose shingles, tree branches near the house.
  2. After you have made sure how did pregnant raccoon enter your house, seal this hole. Use thick steel or similar metal because raccoons can chew or scratch through wood.
  3. After you have sealed the entry point(s), you have to set the traps to catch all of the raccoons in order to safely remove them from your home.
  4. When raccoon mother and babies get trapped, you can replace them elsewhere. If you are not sure where to relocate trapped raccoons, contact wildlife rehabber to get professional advice or assistance.
  5. After you have safely removed entire raccoon family, final step is to clean and disinfect the attic to prevent any possible infection and disease. Make sure that you are safely protected yourself during cleaning-wear protective clothing, rubber gloves and boots and safely dispose all of the feces and other dirt you have collected from the attic during cleaning.


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