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
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
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- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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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