Raccoon Removal and Control

Raccoons are usually classified as a pest species due to their habits of living in human dwellings. The most common complaints include the following:

  • Raccoons living in the attic
  • Raccoons living in the chimney
  • Tipping over garbage cans
  • Stealing pet food or bird seed
  • Sick, potentially rabid raccoon
  • Presence is alarming dogs/pets

For these reasons, many people wish to have this nuisance animal trapped and removed.

Since it’s a very common problem, I have here an advice article with photos on how to get raccoons out of the attic. Please read this guide – a raccoon in your attic or house is almost certainly a female with a litter of young. The job is often complex, and the worst thing you can do is simply set down a cage trap on the ground.

NUISANCE CONCERNS: Raccoons are one of the most commonly dealt with nuisance animals.

They have adapted to living with humans. They have learned that garbage cans and dumpsters are excellent sources of food and that houses are excellent habitat.

A mother raccoon will often tear a hole in a roof to access an attic, where they will make quite a mess and a lot of noise.

They are strong animals, and once inside an attic, they often tear off insulation paper, rip open ducts, tear insulation off pipes, etc.

Here are some photos of raccoon damage inside an attic. They will search hard for food and are fond of tipping over trash cans, raiding dumpsters, and stealing pet food. They will often break into a screened-in porch to get pet food. It’s common for raccoons to poop in a swimming pool. They carry a number of parasites and diseases that can affect people or pets.

Raccoon Removal and Control

Raccoons are usually classified as a pest species due to their habits of living in human dwellings.

Common complaints

. Raccoons in the attic

. Raccoons in the chimney

. Tipping over garbage cans

. Consuming pet food and birdseed

. Presence is disturbing to dogs or pets

Most people wish to have this nuisance animal trapped and removed. It’s a very common problem.
A raccoon in your attic or house is almost certainly going to be a female with a litter of young.
It is often complex, and the worst thing you can do is set a trap.

They are strong and dangerous animals and will often tear open a screened-in porch to get pet food.

Raccoons carry a number of parasites and diseases that can affect people or pets. If you see a raccoon in the daylight hours, it should be avoided at all costs. The possibility of it being rabid is great. They are omnivores and will eat almost anything they can get those crafty hands on.


 They are common in urban areas. They are well adapted for survival in cities.

RACCOONS are a common carrier of rabies, a fatal disease. They also carry canine distemper, which can kill A pet not vaccinated. Their feces can contain roundworms, the spores of which humans can breathe in and become seriously infected.

HOW DO I GET RID OF RACCOONS? The only way to get rid of raccoons is through trapping and removal of the animals. Exclusion repairs will be needed to keep them out permanently. If you’ve got raccoons in your attic, it’s important that the wildlife operator search for a litter of baby raccoons, and remove them by hand. If it’s just raccoons outside causing trouble, they can be trapped and removed, but beware, they’ll often dig and grab anything within a few inches of the cage.

I also have some additional information and photos about how to get rid of raccoons in the attic and house, yard, tree, roof, which is often a very difficult and complex wildlife control procedure.

CAN’T I JUST USE A REPELLENT? There is no registered or effective raccoon repellent available. Here is a raccoon repellent analysis that I wrote. You can find some products on the market, such as mothball-based or urine-based repellents, but they are bogus. Go ahead and try them. And those high-pitch noisemakers, also called ultrasonic sound emitters, do not work. There is no quick and easy fix when it comes to raccoon removal and control. It’s best to have a professional trap and remove the animals properly.

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HOW TO KEEP RACCOONS AWAY FROM PROPERTY? It’s hard to keep raccoons from accessing your property. It would take a special fence to prevent them from climbing it – they are amazing climbers. And there are no machines or devices that can keep them away – products such as flashing lights, sound machines, and water sprinklers have demonstrated no effectiveness. I’ve already discussed the ineffectiveness of repellents such as sprays or powders. The truth here is that raccoons on your property or in your yard are not really a problem. The problem is that they are interacting with some part of your property that you don’t want, right? Like, they’re getting into your garbage, or eating your birdseed, or living under your shed or porch, or tearing up your new sod, or pooping in your pool, or eating your crops, or killing your decorative goldfish. That’s the key – something about your property is attracting the raccoons! The best way to keep them away is by eliminating the attractive source, or by making it inaccessible. If they are getting into your house, seal shut the entry holes! If they are eating your pet’s food, bring the pet food indoors.

Raccoon Email From Reader: Morning sir, I have & have had a raccoon in the ceiling for about three years now. I don’t own the house thank GOD, I rent here. I’ve discussed this issue with the owner of the property on numerous occasions. I’ve seen the raccoon just as I’ve seen the squirrels & possums that roam the area (not sure which is up there). They have disturbed the chimney brick of the next house as well. I can hear them moving it. Honestly, I’m afraid. I can move but I’d prefer NOT too at the moment if I can help it (time & job constraints). Finally, the landlord wants to send out two carpenters today or this weekend to open the ceiling & place a trap. They intend to re-seal the ceiling with a piece of plywood screwed in. I don’t know about this method. They’ve had NO success with this same trap that they laid on the roof (so they say). What do u think? I’m positive that they know nothing about what they are doing. This is my health at stake. Any advice or help on the subject will so be appreciated.  Please help!  They are no more qualified to do dentistry. Seriously. There’s a lot of complex issues with raccoons in the ceiling, and the carpenter, who has no experience in dealing with them, will likely make things worse. They probably won’t trap anything, but the raccoon may break into the house if it has no other way out and if it is improperly removed, what about the baby raccoons that are likely up there? You need a wildlife pro.