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Detroit Michigan Raccoon Control Situation: I live in Detroit, Michigan. I seem to have had a problem with some type of critter in my attic. upon inspection of the roof - we live in a backsplit, I found two areas on the opposite sides of the roof where the two roofs meet with soffit missing and bent out. I went up into the attic and saw a black furry animal bedded in the corner of the roof, but I couldn't tell what type of animal it was. I called our local SPCA about how to get this animal out of the attic in a humane manner. They suggested putting lights up and a noisy radio. I did do this and they seemed to leave. I plugged the hole with loose wood as a temporary fix (winter time, lots of snow, very cold). We did not have a problem, however I have noticed recently ( after several months) that on one side of the roof the wood has recently been pushed out. I put it back a few times and within a week it was pushed away. I proceeded to put the lights and radio back into the roof attic and it appears that if there were critters, ( I didn't see anything) they have again vacated the premises. I looked on your web site and the 1st picture with raccoon damage matches our soffit problem. My question is, could I repair this and would that be the end of the problem or do I need to have the critters trapped and taken away? Is there anyone in Detroit - I live about 60 miles from Ann Arbor that you would recommend for this job? Thanks, Pat
Hi David, I appreciate your time and effort in putting together your website about raccoons in the attic. I found the website after searching for more information after hiring a wildlife company (in Houston) to come and evict the animal(s) living in our attic. They seem to be knowledgable about their work and told us that we had raccoons in the attic based on the scat and latrine use in various parts of our attic. They found three entrance holes that I could not see without getting up on the roof. They sealed all the holes with one having a one-way door in place. The one-way door has a plastic tie-back weaved through the wires to show if it has been used. After 5 days the one-way door still hasn't been used and we continue to hear scratching and movement within a wall upstairs and walking around on the ceiling. I called a wildlife company and they came back to put peanut butter on the one-way door to entice the animal(s) out. It hasn't been used. My biggest concern is that there are young raccoons in the attic that were left there by a mommy before the holes were sealed. So far no additional holes have been made from the mom trying to get back with her babies. Should I expect the company to come back and manually remove the animal(s) as you suggest in your website? What would your approach be? And, why would raccoons not leave the attic after so long without water and food? The last thing I want is to deal with a dead animal or animals in my attic! Thanks so much for your suggestions! Janet
If you wish to learn more, click on the How to Get Rid of Raccoons in the Attic home page. For raccoon control in Wayne County, Michigan, call us at 313-355-1666, and ask to talk about raccoons in the attic in Detroit, MI.