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Raccoons in my attic #6871965
05/14/20 01:29 AM
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I have a momma and her babies living in my attic. I hired a wildlife removal company to help solve the problem. They sprayed eviction fluid almost 2 weeks ago and said it would make her leave and take her babies with her. That hasnít happened. What do I do next? Iím not ok with killing them, but they do need to leave. The babies are in a place where we can only get to them by cutting into my walls, so I would prefer to find a way to make her relocate them herself.

Re: Raccoons in my attic [Re: Aggierose] #6872124
05/14/20 09:01 AM
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find a better company to solve your problem. I would have given eviction paste/fluid about two days to work (with a camera to watch for results), then after I would have trapped mom, locate little one and remove by hand. repair and seal off enter so you don't have more raccoons move in


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Re: Raccoons in my attic [Re: Aggierose] #6872277
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Yep what Brad Says. If you had to hire a company in first place I wouldn't recommend you trying to get them on your own a lot can go wrong if using sub par traps or equipment no offense to what you might have. If the eviction fluid didn't work there isn't really any reliable repllelant that are going to deter the female to move. If you did place a trap on the ground by your house and did catch a raccoon you don't know 100% sure if that's the one or not, could just be a coon passing through. If you listed what town your in someone may know a good company near you to refer.

Re: Raccoons in my attic [Re: NWTrapper85] #6872333
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Thanks. Unfortunately, Iíve already paid this guy so Iím kind of stuck with using him until itís finished. The raccoon is getting in through a vent on the roof. I have a camera up there and watch her come and go every night. I havenít allowed her to be trapped because I was told she would have to be killed due to the laws in Tx. Iím in frisco, Tx. Will bright lights and loud music in the attic make her relocate her babies?

Re: Raccoons in my attic [Re: NWTrapper85] #6872335
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If we trapped her we would put the trap in my attic, but I donít want to trap her because I was told she would have to be killed. I would love to trap her, cut the babies out of my wall and leave them in a box on the roof, and then release mom in my back yard. Does that work? The house would be sealed up of coarse so she couldnít get back in.

Re: Raccoons in my attic [Re: Aggierose] #6872391
05/14/20 02:35 PM
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There's multiple ways to do things. I'd recommend a licensed person doing them though. Lot of things to go wrong if trapping in attic although could be done theirs better ways to make sure its the right female. I'm not familiar with Texas laws. I've seen plenty people use lights and music with little to know results. Even heard of a wildlife company that used strobe lights that ended up accidently catching fire and burning the entire house down. Your hired company has their hands tied by you from the sounds of it if you a limiting them to not trapping her and following their regulations by the state. Raccoons can carry many disease, let alone potential very costly damage to your house longer their up there. I'd want them out asap.

Re: Raccoons in my attic [Re: NWTrapper85] #6872429
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The guy is licensed. He didnít want to trap her either. His preferred method is to use the eviction fluid first. He said it takes up to a week but in his 10 years experience, it almost always works. In this case, it just hasnít. I was hoping to learn of other options here. I donít mind the trapping part at all. I just donít want her killed.

Re: Raccoons in my attic [Re: Aggierose] #6872434
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Have him try the eviction fluid a few days straight and some harassment .

Re: Raccoons in my attic [Re: Aggierose] #6872725
05/14/20 09:52 PM
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If the paste doesn't work, you really don't have an option other than trapping or leaving them. Since your family's health is at risk, not to mention the monetary damage a full attic tearout of insulation could bring, I wouldn't be letting fuzzy feelings get in the way.

Re: Raccoons in my attic [Re: Aggierose] #6872832
05/14/20 11:42 PM
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They are so disease ridden,.. and you don't want to kill them ???
It is the law in most places to kill them. My local game warden says fill a garbage can with water, and bury them afterwards.

Having said that, many guys release them 5-10 miles away... but then they become someone else's problem.

And I guarantee you, there are 30 more coons living in your neighborhood.


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Re: Raccoons in my attic [Re: Aggierose] #6872860
05/15/20 12:06 AM
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Would you rather take care of the problem by the legally required method (kill the raccoon) or risk the raccoon roundworm get transferred to you or your kids? This is not something to play with. Just because raccoons look cute and cuddly does not mean that they are.

Is the person you hired going to clean up the feces in your attic IF they are successful in getting the female and her litter to leave?

Read about this parasite:

Raccoon Roundworms

And, BTW, this is just one of several potential disease risks with raccoons.


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Re: Raccoons in my attic [Re: Aggierose] #6873063
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So what you are saying is that with all the raccoons I've handled in the past 65 years, I should have been dead a long time ago. And not even one raccoon related disease; Imagine that! We probably did close to 2 thousand raccoons last year!

Re: Raccoons in my attic [Re: Paul Winkelmann] #6873100
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Originally Posted by Paul Winkelmann
So what you are saying is that with all the raccoons I've handled in the past 65 years, I should have been dead a long time ago. And not even one raccoon related disease; Imagine that! We probably did close to 2 thousand raccoons last year!

Not at all Paul. You are a professional and understand the risks and how to mitigate them. You would more than likely have solved this problem and we would have never heard about it.

The OP, on the other hand, has no clue what they are dealing with or the potential consequences of their cute and cuddy attitude about their home invaders. And it is not obvious that the folks hired to solve the problem have made the homeowner aware of the possibilities either.


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Re: Raccoons in my attic [Re: Aggierose] #6873385
05/15/20 05:59 PM
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It's not always counterproductive to catch and release a raccoon. I'm assuming that in Texas, as well as many other states, it only has to be euthanized if removed from the property. In the situation described by Aggie, here is what I do.
Catch the raccoon coming out, in a positive set cage over the entry hole.
This confirms the right one is caught and you can easily see if it's a lactating sow.
Once you have her on the ground...scare the crap out of her. Roll the cage, spray with water, smack cage with a stick, yell at her. Make it clear she's not welcome.
Release her on site. She will run off into the brush.
She will come back at dark and move her litter out of the house. (a trail camera works great for these situations, to make sure she takes the pups)
It's worked for me 6 of 7 times, when there is no access to litter.
She'll probably never be caught in a cage again, so if she is stubborn and refuses to leave, a #160 conibear over the entry and cut the hole.

Last edited by Brian Mongeau; 05/15/20 06:57 PM. Reason: Added info and spelling
Re: Raccoons in my attic [Re: Paul Winkelmann] #6873461
05/15/20 07:12 PM
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Were you getting all cuddly with them, or handling them in a steel box?


The roundworm had to make a choice... Paul or Chuck Norris. It sucked it up and went after Chuck Norris!

Re: Raccoons in my attic [Re: QuietButDeadly] #6874540
05/17/20 02:30 AM
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Iím well aware of what diseases and parasites they carry. I said I donít want to kill them. That doesnít mean Iím going to keep them as pets and infect my family with anything. How exactly do you think Iím going to infect myself with anything??

Re: Raccoons in my attic [Re: QuietButDeadly] #6874541
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I wouldnít kill an animal just because it had ringworm. My cat had ringworm once and guess what? Everyone in my family is fine and no one got it. I didnít kill my cat either. Yíall are acting like you automatically get every disease a raccoon has if you donít kill it. How many of yíall have ever been infected with anything from a raccoon? Iím guessing none. Iím also not concerned about rabies at all. Itís very rare where I am for raccoons to have rabies. Wildlife removal companies told me there hasnít been a documented case of rabies from a raccoon in north Tx in almost 20 years. Regardless, Iím not up there loving on them and handling them. I just donít want to kill them.

Re: Raccoons in my attic [Re: Aggierose] #6874542
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I guess my problem is solved. A male raccoon just went in the attic and from what I just had to listen to, he killed all the babies. Iím assuming mom will leave now and we will have to cut the dead babies out through our wall.

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How exactly do you think Iím going to catch anything from a raccoon in my attic?? Iím truly curious. Having a ďcuddly attitudeĒ doesnít spread disease.

Re: Raccoons in my attic [Re: Paul Winkelmann] #6874545
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Originally Posted by Paul Winkelmann
So what you are saying is that with all the raccoons I've handled in the past 65 years, I should have been dead a long time ago. And not even one raccoon related disease; Imagine that! We probably did close to 2 thousand raccoons last year!


Thank you for posting something with a little common sense. Iím honestly shocked at the people who seem to think that Iím going to catch something from a raccoon because itís in my attic. Iím not keeping it for a pet to love on! Geez.

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