While watching raccoons scampering around your Jacksonville area yard can be amusing, these woodland animals can do considerable damage if they make it into your attic. What’s more, raccoons can carry diseases that can compromise your family’s health.
Raccoons are most likely to travel inside your home during the fall when the thermometer starts to fall and in the spring when they are preparing to have babies. However, it’s wise to be alert to the signs that a raccoon family has set up house in your attic all year round.
Signs of Raccoons in Your Attic
The top three ways to identify a raccoon is in your attic include:
- Strange noises. Raccoons are fairly large animals, so it’s likely that you’ll hear them scurrying around your attic, if you listen carefully. Young raccoons make a kind of chirping sound.
- Pet fixations. Your cat or dog may also alert you to a strange creature in your home. After all, their senses of hearing and smell are much more acute than those of humans. If your pet suddenly demands to go up in the attic or sits for hours fixated at the wall, it’s time to investigate.
- Droppings. Another sign of raccoons is finding scat in or around your home. As raccoon droppings can carry disease, don’t attempt to clean this up without gloves and a respirator.
If you suspect that you have raccoons living in your attic, it’s time to call a professional animal removal team. A good wildlife control company like Critter Control ensures that the raccoons exit your Jacksonville area home and stay out without exposing your family or your pets to harsh chemicals or potentially-hazardous traps. For more information and/or to schedule an appointment, call us today!