Raccoon in attic removal CT step by step

     It all starts with a call. What was described to me on this call I was convinced that this would be a bat or squirrel job. When I arrived on the job I did a preliminary walk around the house. I noticed some vent damage which could be from gray squirrels, raccoons, opossums. I am still thinking possible gray squirrels, or bats let in by previous gray squirrels.

Vent damaged by raccoons
This is a attic vent damaged by raccoons.
 

     I head up into the attic by the time I got near the vent pictured I start hearing young raccoons.  At this point I leave the attic, I did not want to spook the mother raccoon to move her young into an inaccessible area of the attic.

I then head to the roof and get a closer look at the attic vent. Install a positive set trap (trap that is unbaitted that forces the animal into the trap in order to leave the attic)

Closer look at vent damaged by raccoons in CT
Closer look at attic Vent damaged by raccoons
 

The next day my client calls me telling me we have caught mother raccoon on the roof. I was already in rout being that the forecast called for temps in the upper 80s.

I removed the mother and then went inside the attic to retrieve the young. I retrieved the first within 10minutes of being in the attic. I searched the attic and could not locate anymore young. I was convinced their were more young and instructed the home owner to listen out that night.  The next morning I get the call that they did hear another raccoon. I went into the attic and made some raccoon calls. The next of the young showed himself. I retrieved him and did another search of the attic. No more raccoons were found or heard from. I sealed off all the attic vents completing the job.

Raccoon trap set for mother raccoon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mother raccoon trapped
Mother raccoon waiting in trap the next day.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
baby raccoon found in attic ct
Baby raccoon found in attic CT
 
 
 
 

Bat Guano in CT attic

 

Bat pest control CT
Bat guano in CT attic

If you are in your attic and you notice a pile of droppings like the one pictured above you most likely have bats. It is very easy to tell if the droppings are that of a bat or rodent such as flying squirrels. Bat droppings will turn to powder if they are pressed on. Squirrel droppings will smear if fresh or be hard if older. If the bat droppings are examined closely you will notice bits of insect exoskeleton in them. If you spot a pile look up that is where the bats are roosting, or the entrance exit point is located. Caution do not assume that if you do not see bats, that it is OK to ciel up the hole you may have found. Bats have a very good sense of hearing, and may have hidden under the insulation or behind of wall when detecting you entering the attic. Even as a professional bat control expert many times I do not locate the bats themselves. They are very fast even when crawling.

I have personally witnessed the aftermath of home owner bat removals that have gone wrong. A trapped bat will follow air currents in an attempt to escape. Often these currants will bring the trapped bat into the living quarters of the home. One home ended having 15 bats flying around the living room. The other possibility with a misguided bat removal is dead bats, and depending on the size of the colony the smell is horrible. Imagine letting ten pounds of meat rot inside your walls.

Bat removals and exclusions are best left to professional wildlife control companies.  A recent trend is pest control companies getting into bat removals. Pest control (bugs experts) are not the same as Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators. Pest control companies tend to treat bats the same as they do insect control. This is a huge mistake, bat removals take a lot longer to do, and very close attention to detail must be used. I am not telling you that you have to use us for your bat infestation. I am just warning you that wildlife control companies are the true experts in this field.

Raccoon in bathroom

 

Raccoon trapper CT
Raccoon removal from public bathroom CT

 

This raccoon was removed from a public bathroom today. He decided to pull open a skylight and fall through a screen, effectively trapping himself in a locked bathroom. A worker went into the bathroom and had a close encounter with this raccoon.  Apparently the raccoon acted aggressively to the employee, then climbed a wall into a small attic space. The space was much to tight to employ a catch-pole. Luckily I had a Comstock cage trap on the truck. I installed the trap and the raccoon was removed the next morning. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Jim Comstock for is innovative trap design, this trap was installed upside down on a ceiling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raccoons Move into Connecticut Suburbia

Raccoons Move into Connecticut Suburbia

 

Coming soon to your neighborhood – the Masked Bandit and all his friends. He’s curious and cute, but not what you would call a good neighbor.     

Raccoon pest control CT
Raccoon damage to attic vent in a Connecticut cottage Westbrook

 

Raccoons make their homes in many different types of environs. They prefer to live near streams or other water sources in established wooded areas. They inhabit most of the United States and southern parts of Canada.

 

The raccoon’s natural habitat is changing. Urban expansion, agricultural growth and the clear-cutting of forests is forcing the raccoon to migrate, en masse, to suburbs and cities. In fact, more raccoon populations now live in the city than in woodlands.

 

Raccoons are highly intelligent mammals. They have five fingered toes which allow them to manipulate garbage can lids and open containers with ease. They tend to eat whatever their environment supplies. In the wild, they consume nuts, suck eggs, strip fruit trees, and eat frogs and insects. In the city, they consume all kinds of garbage, dog food and wipe out vegetable gardens. They are a nuisance to farmers. A large pack of raccoons will destroy a corn crop and decimate a fruit orchard.

 

Housing developments create the ideal habitat for raccoons. They find attics, basements and large drainage pipes to be dry, dark and warm – the perfect nesting ground. With cities providing easy access food and water sources, and the perfect place to live, it is no wonder the raccoon is changing its habits.

 

Some animal experts believe the raccoon has easily adapted to living among people because the young learn quickly from previous generations. They build upon this knowledge when adjusting to new living conditions, making each successive generation more at home in suburbia than in the woodlands.

 

Many raccoons have never lived in the wild. These are half-wild, half-tame creatures that rely on people for the necessities of life. City-born raccoons have lost their fear of people. Without this fear, their naturally inquisitive tendencies lead them into dangerous situations such as choosing hazardous places to den, like chimneys and fireplace flues.

 

In the city, raccoons have few natural enemies; though they are often the victims of roaming dogs and swift automobiles. With their funny habits and winsome ways, raccoons are a source of amusing entertainment. People tend to consider raccoons as cute, loveable animals. Some people feed raccoons regularly, not realizing they are placing the raccoon in a harmful situation.

 

Cities will continue to grow and farmers will continue to clear woodlands. The raccoon and his family must adjust to the loss of their natural habitat. The raccoon is learning to live side by side with people, but it is a necessary alliance not made by choice.