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Pasadena California Raccoon Control Situation: What to do about a raccoon on the roof?
If you suspect a raccoon on your roof, your best option would be to call animal control. Raccoons are very dangerous and can cause harm to your property as well as attack you and spread diseases. You do not want to face these animals on your own. Professionals are better equipped to get rid of them and would offer you advice on how to keep them away. If it is on your roof though, you should check your attic to see if they made it in a den. Raccoons are animals of habit so if they made your attic into its den, then you would have a permanent problem on your hands.
Wait until you hear the adult raccoon leaving and then you can investigate whether there are babies around. If you do not see any, sit in the attic quietly for 10 to 15 minutes. You should hear them making noises such as chattering, and then you can be certain that babies are around. It is inhumane to remove the babies from their mother so you may want to wait out the 8 to 9 months until they become old enough to leave. However, because these animals carry diseases, especially in their feces, you do not want to keep them around for that long. You also risk the chance of them destroying your property further.
You would need to investigate your roof for an entry way into your attic. Be thorough and look for all possible entry points and figure out how to have them sealed, with the exception of one. You would then need to purchase a cage trap, either a single door cage trap or a double door cage trap. Double door cage traps create a tunnel like effect so the raccoon may unsuspectedly enter it without knowing. You can use bait to get them into the cage but if the cage is set up at the only point of entry, the raccoon would use it to get to its offspring. Cages are the most humane way to catch raccoons.
Once the raccoon is caught, you would then be able to remove the babies and call the wildlife authorities to come get them. You would then need to clean your attic thoroughly and seal all the holes which are potential entry points for animals trying to get into your home. Raccoons are very good at climbing and while they may climb your walls and piping, you should still try not to have any tree branches close to your home or roof. Trim the tree branches or bushes around your home. You may also want to invest in plants that are thorny so that animals do not get close enough to your walls to be able to climb them.
When you find a raccoon on your roof, you should immediately try getting rid of it. You can also purchase an eviction fluid repellent if you do not want to scare them away rather than capturing them. Raccoons dislike bright lights and loud noises as well so you can also try these.
If you wish to learn more, click on the How to Get Rid of Raccoons in the Attic home page. For wildlife control, animal trapping services, and raccoon control in Los Angeles County, California, call us at 213-233-9495, and ask to talk about raccoons in the attic in Pasadena, CA.