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Mesa Arizona Raccoon Control Situation: How to get raccoons out of the attic
Raccoons are disease carrying animals, the most lethal of which is rabies, and because of this, you should leave the removal of raccoons from your attic to the professionals. If you suspect there is a raccoon in your attic, then most probably there are babies as well. Thankfully their litters are not very huge, between 1 to 7 but the average raccoon usually gives birth to 3 or 4 a year. Racoons are intelligent and they have dexterous paws which allow them to twist handles and open doors.
You can attempt to snatch up the baby raccoons if the mother is not around because she would retaliate by attacking you. They are very good mothers so if they are separated from their young, expect some major damage to occur to your home. Newborn raccoons are born blind and deaf, at least for the first three weeks of their life, but they grow quickly and stay with the mother through winter and then leave. They are nocturnal creatures so they would forage for food and shelter at night.
Other than hiring a professional, which is ultimately the safest option, here are some methods you can use:
1. Discourage Them
Once raccoons feel threatened in their environment, they will move to another. Since they dislike bright lights and loud noises, you can wait until you are sure the adult has left and then set up bright lights inside your attic. You can then set up a couple radios and leave it playing, loud enough to annoy the raccoons. Try to use stations where there are a lot of talking rather than music.
2. Cut Trees
If there are no baby raccoons in your attic, you can again, wait for the adult raccoon to leave and cut any trees that are close to your house. Raccoons usually climb tree branches to get to your roof and attic. If you do not want to cut down the tree entirely, at least cut off the branches that are in very close proximity to your house. If there are no trees, then you would have to figure out what they use to climb up to your roof and try to find a remedy.
3. Set traps
There are several types of traps but cage traps are the most humane. The single cage traps have one door. Bait is placed inside and once the raccoon enters, the trap door closes shut. The double door cage traps are ideally more effective. There are doors at both ends creating a tunnel effect for raccoons who would unsuspectedly walk inside to get to the bait. Once inside, both ends of the traps are snapped shut. The third type is less than human. It is a leg trap like what hunters use in the wild to trap the animals' legs. You can set up the leg trap with bait and once the raccoon reaches for it, the trap snaps shut onto its paw. Here you would have to call a professional to remove it or wear protective gear and release it yourself in the wild. However, there is a chance that the raccoon could have injured its paw.
If you wish to learn more, click on the How to Get Rid of Raccoons in the Attic home page. For wildlife control, animal trapping services, and raccoon control in Maricopa County, Arizona, call us at 480-676-3290, and ask to talk about raccoons in the attic in Mesa, AZ.