Signs You Might Have Raccoons In Your Attic

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Raccoons can be quite the nuisance when they decide to make your attic or crawl space their home. They can cause severe damage that costs you a lot of money to repair. Many other critters can inhabit your home, so it can be difficult to tell what type of animals you have. Ultimately, you should have a rodent control company check out your situation, but these signs can help you figure out if raccoons are the culprits in your home.


Raccoons make a variety of different sounds that can give them away. Certain audible sounds like growls and cries from their young can be hard to pick up on, but distinguish them from other pests. You’re more likely to hear sounds like footsteps, chewing, and nest making, which can be hard to tell apart from other animals. Sometimes the sounds you hear might be coming from the outside of your house, but if you have any doubts, be sure to give us a call!


Sometimes raccoons give themselves away by leaving behind waste, such as food scraps, feces and urine. Depending on where the raccoons and their droppings are, you might notice staining or start to smell a foul odor. Pest control experts can usually identify any droppings left behind, so don’t get rid of them! It might seem gross, but you should never get rid of evidence that can help you get rid of harmful pests in your home.


It’s good to get pests taken care of before damage is done, but sometimes that just isn’t possible. Damage might be the first sign of raccoons that you notice. The telltale signs of a raccoon problem are damage to structural wood, insulation, ductwork, air conditioning units, and ventilation fans, shredded roofing material, and chewed up electrical wiring. If you see any of these signs, call a pest control service immediately, because the damage can get much worse quickly, and damage to wiring can even start fires.

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