1. Begin to look for the Raccoons in your attic
The main reason for a raccoon to make your attic as its new den is because the female is looking for refuge in order to give birth. Raccoons require safe, warm and a dry place to raise its litters, which is why your attic makes it a perfect habitat. One of the most important things to look for as you look for the Raccoon is, do not forget to look for the litters. If you find the litters it would be much easier to lure the mother out. As known, the mother Raccoon is very protective towards her litters, and so she would definitely come to the rescue.
2. What to do if you don’t find the litters
Do not judge too fast, keep stay in the attic for at least 30 to 40minutes before you believe that there are no litters inside. As you do this, if there are litters inside, you would hear them chatter. Remember, you cannot place traps for these litters, as they cannot move. So carry them by hand, and make sure they are safe, you do not want to cause any harm to these innocent litters.
3. What to do if there are no litters
If there are no litters inside, and no sign of the mother Raccoon as well, then quickly begin to seal all open areas to keep the Raccoon away from re-entering. Once it notices that all entries are sealed, it would have no choice but to leave. Remember, if you keep these spaces opened, then the mother Raccoon would come in and give birth to her baby litters, which would only make it harder to you since she does not leave her litters until they are 3 to 4 weeks old.
4. If the mother Raccoon is in your attic
If you begin to witness the mother Raccoon inside your attic, then it is best you prepare a trap to lure her out. Raccoons are mostly lured out by the use of marshmallow’s and white bread; these are two of the most common foods that attract Raccoons. So make a path way of marshmallow’s and white bread all the way to the trap. As you do this, you will see the mother raccoon following the path and end up inside your trap. As she enters the trap, close it, and you have a live trapped Raccoon inside your cage. Remember, no harm should be done to these animals. They are innocent and only come to you seeking refuge and food.
5. Prepare yourself to clean the attic
Once you have caught the Raccoon, remember to keep an eye on it every often, and also to feed it as you can so that it doesn’t starve to death. The next thing is to remember to keep the cage under shelter. Otherwise the Raccoon could get heat strokes or be dehydrated due to over exposure to the sun. So make sure that the cage is kept under shelter. Once the Raccoon is all set and safe, grab hold to your liquid soaps, gloves, and every other essential to clean your attic. Remember that it is important to clean it thoroughly in order to remove any remaining scents of the Raccoons that previously lived in your attic. If you do not do this, then several other Raccoons will be attracted to this scent, as they would come to realize that Raccoons before them seek refuge in this particular place. Clean as much as possible, including every small gap, and also remember to throw away the nests or other parts of your attic that was used by the Raccoon. The reason why I mentioned to throw certain removable parts was because some scents cannot be removed no matter how many times you clean them.
6. Re-inspect once cleaning is over
Once you are done the cleaning, make sure you re-inspect around your attic to look for any other holes or spaces that are visible to you. If you find any, make sure to patch it up. Remember not to leave even the smallest of space; you would be surprised to know that Raccoons can fit through the surprisingly small spaces. So it is best that you cover up every single hole that you can see, does not matter the size.
7. The final few visits
Once you have followed and completed all of the above steps, make sure you visit your attic every two to three days for about two weeks and clean it a little bit more, to get rid of those little extra scents that still may stick around. Once all this is done, your attic will be Raccoon free!
No animal is to be harmed during this process. If any harm caused, you are responsible for it. Ensure that you work with safety until you remove the Raccoons. Keep them safe, and keep yourself safe too.
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