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Raccoons Invading Attics and Chimneys: What You Need to Know

Why Do Raccoons Seek Shelter in Attics and Chimneys?

Raccoon removal servicesRaccoons are resourceful creatures, and when spring arrives, they often look for safe and cozy places to nest. Here’s why they might choose your attic or chimney.

  1. Warmth and Shelter: Spring is a time when mother raccoons seek secure spots to give birth and raise their kits. Your attic or chimney provides warmth, shelter, and protection from the elements.
  2. Easy Access: Raccoons can find their way into homes through small gaps, sometimes as narrow as 4 inches wide. Loose tiles, shingles, vents, or other openings become inviting entry points.
  3. Food Sources: Garbage or leftover food outdoors can attract raccoons to your property. Once they’re nearby, they may explore your home for suitable nesting sites.

Signs of Raccoons in the Attic and Chimney

Detecting raccoon activity early is crucial. Look out for these signs:

  1. Noises: Raccoons in the attic create distinct sounds. Unlike squirrels, which scurry lightly, raccoons cause thumping noises—similar to a child’s footsteps. They may also emit high-pitched cries.
  2. Visual Clues: Check for dirty paw prints, raccoon tracks, and scratch marks. Damaged garbage cans, garden destruction, and holes in your yard are also indicators.
  3. Feces: Raccoon droppings in the attic are a clear sign of their presence.

Preventing Raccoon Infestations

  1. Seal Entry Points: Inspect your home for gaps and seal them. Pay attention to vents, shingles, and loose tiles. Use sturdy materials to block potential entryways.
  2. Secure Garbage: Keep garbage cans tightly closed and away from your home. Raccoons are attracted to food sources.
  3. Trim Trees: Overhanging branches can serve as bridges for raccoons. Trim them to prevent easy access to your roof.

Benefits of Calling a Professional Wildlife Removal Service

  1. Expertise: Wildlife removal specialists understand raccoon behavior and have effective strategies for eviction.
  2. Humane Solutions: Professionals use humane methods to remove raccoons without causing harm.
  3. Prevention: They’ll identify vulnerable areas and recommend preventive measures to avoid future infestations.


Remember, dealing with raccoons can be challenging and potentially dangerous. If you suspect raccoons in your attic or chimney, consider calling a wildlife removal specialist to handle the situation safely and efficiently. Stay vigilant, protect your home, and ensure a raccoon-free living space this spring!




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