Racoon problem

Asked May 11, 2019, 6:23 AM EDT

I have a racoon that has decided to make a nest in my attic that is inaccessible so the racoon can not be removed. An animal control company has suggested to let the animal leave on its own and then fix the roof. I forgot to mention that the racoon dug and or chewed through my roof. But will not the animal return the following year to raise another litter so I will have the same problem again. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Berrien County Michigan

1 Response

Since you've had a company come and inspect your house, I defer to their expertise. A process I like would probably go as follows.

• Listen for baby raccoon sounds (I suspect that's why it is there).
• Use a "raccoon eviction" substance to get mama to remove the kits on her own, to another location (she usually has 1-2 other "safe" spots in mind). There are different chemical suggestions here, including https://www.wildlifecontrolsupplies.com/animal/NWS1115.html. See link at the bottom for more ideas.
• Use flour or crumbled newspaper to check whether she has left.
• Repair damage