How Do I Know If There Are Baby Raccoons in the Attic?
Ever noticed how a perfectly sane adult can turn into a blithering
idiot at the sight of a baby? We love to coo and cuddle this small
human being in our arms and have a natural instinct to keep little
ones safe. It is the same with puppies and kittens. They just bring
out the “awe” in us.
All babies are cute, whether they have 2 legs or 4. But some babies
are more lovable than others. The small, furry little raccoons in
the attic, for instance, are probably not the most lovable. As they
grow, these curious little beasts can do a lot of damage, which can
result in you paying a lot of money.
So, how do you know? Is the thumping in the attic a raccoon family?
You tell by the sounds and the time that they happen. Raccoons are
nocturnal, so the sounds will be louder at night and you may not
even hear anything during the day. The babies make a noise that is
part vibrations, part screeches, part warbles, but the sound that
gives it away is the chitters. It is a very distinct sound that is
mostly unique to baby raccoons. If this is the sound you hear, you
can bet that there are babies in that attic. And where there are
babies, mamas are not far away.
If you have to remove the raccoon family from your home, the best
way is to first catch one or more of the babies. It is best to get
them all, so other little ones don’t starve to death and really
stink up your house. You can put the babies in a partitioned trap,
and use them to bait the mother. After the family is reunited,
release them in an area that is not far from where they original
lived. Raccoons are territorial, so if you relocate them to
somewhere else, the family may die and other raccoons will just move
in to take their place.
As soon, as the animals are out of your attic, make sure you repair
any holes or vents that they can use to get back in. You may want to
spread mothballs around the attic and wall openings, because
raccoons hate the smell and will not go near them. Then your family
will not have to share your home anymore.
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