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Boca Raton Florida Raccoon Control Situation: Dave, I was searching for hints on how to get rid of a Raccoon (family I think) that is living in my Soffit in my Boca Raton house. Last night I heard a crash and found that one Large Raccoon broke through the Plastic Soffit and as I made noise to scare him away I find a smaller ( female I guess) raccoon climbing up my chimney and into the Soffett. Because of the noise I was making I'm assuming that the only reason Momma didn't run with the larger one was because she has a litter up in there. Can you give me some info from your knowledge with these guys? How long before a new Litter is mobile and will leave on there own? If I make a small contained Smokey fire under the Soffett, will it scare them out? How about one of those ultrasonic noise makers, I wonder if that would get rid of them. Obviously Raccoons are nocturnal but I am surprised they will contain themselves in an area that has to get above 100 degrees during the day...is this normal? This must be MY YEAR for raccoons. in 13 years I have never had a problem except for garbage can issues, Just last week I had to drop a rope down my chimney to get a raccoon out of my fireplace and 8 days later I got this new issue. Any thoughts would be helpful. Thanks Tony H
I deal with raccoons in attics very frequently, and it's not an area for amateurs. In fact, I'm often called in to fix the problem after amateur trapping companies have tried and failed. I have no real advice for you to do it yourself, unless you're willing to get in the attic or tear out the soffit and remove the young by hand, then catch and remove the mom from the area. I recommend that you call a knowledgeable pro. Or you can wait a couple of months for them to leave on their own, then seal everything tightly. - but they'll leave your attic kind of messy.
They haven't gotten their way into the attic. They are basically climb up the chimney and get into the lower soffit area right where the angled piece of the chimney meets the soffit. I was thinking about taking a rake (to keep my distance) and pull a bit on the Plastic Channel that holds the soffit up to have the soffit fall. I guess the mother will be in there all day. What are the odds that when she falls out of the soffit that she will run away and not toward a dopey guy holding a rake? Putting the Soffit back together is easy and I want to see if any 'real' damage was done anyway before closing up the few pieces that the Coons knocked off already. I'd go with the Have-a heart trap but I still wont know that I trapped the right Coon, I'd hate to get up by the Soffit and get a nasty howling Racoon in my face.
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