Signs There May Be Raccoons Living in Your Attic

Raccoons may look cute, but they don’t belong in your home. It’s common for raccoons to find their way inside a home through openings, such as roof vents and once they make a home in your attic, it can result in extensive damages. Raccoons are also one of the primary carriers of rabies, which can be dangerous for household pets as well as humans living in the house. If you suspect there are raccoons living in your attic, it can be dangerous to remove them on your own, so it’s important to have them removed by professional exterminators Hanover. Here are some common signs that you may have raccoons living in your attic.

Nesting

Even though raccoons are a safety hazard for domestic pets and humans, they are smart and resourceful. Raccoons have the ability to make sturdy nests out of any type of materials they have access to. If you have a raccoon or a family of raccoons living in your attic, you may notice evidence of their nesting materials, such as torn clothing or other fabric, ripped insulation, sticks and leaves and wood chips. Keep in mind that when raccoons are searching for nesting materials in an attic, one of the first things they typically use is insulation, so a warning sign of raccoons in the warning is feeling more drafts than usual.

Raccoon Droppings

Animal droppings are often one of the first signs of raccoons living in the attic. Raccoons generally have a designated area they use for a scat pile, which is typically in a corner of the attic. However, they also leave droppings in areas they use for traveling in and out of your house, so be on the lookout for droppings in areas along the roofline, near attic windows and throughout the attic flooring. Overtime the piles of scat and urine begin to weaken the beams above ceilings, which the risk of the ceiling collapsing. Their droppings also contain bacteria that may lead to a variety of serious illnesses, so it’s important that you not attempt to clean up on your own. Instead, contact a

professional exterminator; they have the appropriate clothing and equipment to clear out the droppings as well as the raccoons.

It can be dangerous to attempt to remove a raccoon on your own. If cornered, they may bite or attack you, so it’s highly recommended that you contact professional exterminators Hanover residents should also know that a wildlife exterminator will take all steps necessary to relocate the raccoons without harm.

If you suspect there may be raccoons living in your attic, contact Accutech Pest Management to discuss removal.