Raccoons are known to be intelligent home invaders. Most of the time, they break into attics, garages, trash cans, compost bins and sometimes basements and crawl spaces. Then there are times when they occupy in your home’s walls. These situations are more rare and usually a problem with older or cottage homes. In places like Keswick, Ontario, most homes have a cottage style and have walls that allow wider voids.
Crawl spaces lead right under a home where vents are passed throughout the home for heating and cooling. Raccoons that make their way into the crawl space have access to all the areas and crevices that the home is built on. Usually raccoons access holes in the wall from the crawl space or the attic. You probably shouldn’t cut a hole in the wall to look though!
How do you remove a raccoon inside a wall?
The main route to getting rid of a raccoon inside a wall is first to locate the main entry point. Sometimes you may find that location yourself by seeing a raccoon going there in the evening. Other times your neighbors may inform you if they see it. However the case, the best way to remove a raccoon from a wall is to install a mesh barrier and a one-way door to remove the raccoon. Wildlife Control professionals are trained to locate these areas and perform the raccoon removal. Look at the featured image where a technician traced a raccoon entry point to the problem area by removing porch planks.
How to tell if a raccoon is inside your walls
You may hear scratching sounds. Scratching alone is not enough to identify a raccoon problem, most other rodents such as squirrels, rats and mice also scratch. To learn more, visit our detailed noise description post. Secondly, you can determine if the wall cavity is large enough to house a raccoon (cottage home designs). There’s a good chance that your walls voids aren’t large enough for raccoons to occupy if you have a modern home. Wild animals like raccoons that get into walls make lots of noises, shuffling, dragging and crawling etc. These noises can help identify a large animal like a raccoon living inside your wall.
Is it safe to remove raccoons using one-way doors or traps?
Raccoon removal using a one-way door is the best humane method of removal that wildlife removal professionals use. Raccoon trapping is also an option where one-way doors aren’t suitable. The only time where both shouldn’t be used is during spring where baby raccoons are present. Raccoon removal experts will be able to remove baby raccoons and adult raccoons safely from your property.
Protect your home
Don’t have a raccoon infestation yet? Protect your home with wildlife proofing and prevention services before you have raccoons living in your property. Call a professional Pest Control & Wildlife Control company to offer prevention packages that keep raccoons out of your walls, attics, decks, porches and crawl spaces.