You may think that raccoons are cute. You may call them trash pandas. But the fact is that raccoons can be and are incredibly destructive. When they decide that your attic is the best place to create a house, they can tear up your insulation, chew on your wiring, and their urine and feces can damage your ceilings. If you believe you have raccoons in your attic, you need to call a pest control professional as quickly as possible. You want to get the raccoons out before they get too comfortable in your attic and ensure they can't come back any time soon. 

One Way Doors

One method the exterminator can use is installing a one-way door in your attic. Generally, this door would be installed where the raccoons are already getting into your attic. The door will let the raccoons out, but it will not open when they try to get back in. This method will work well if you do not have a new mother with kits in your attic. The mother has to be able to get to her kits; it would be inhumane for the babies and the mother to block off her access. Before installing the door, the exterminator must evaluate the situation and check if babies are involved.

Humane Traps

Humane traps are generally live traps. A live trap usually is a wire page that has a trigger in it. When the trigger is activated, it snaps the door down. It also often flips a solid metal piece up, blocking the animal from access to the door. The animal is attracted to a bait station at the back of the trap. Because the bait station is at the back of the trap, the animal really has no way to escape hitting the trigger. The exterminator will have to come and check the traps regularly to ensure that the animal isn't left in the trap for too long. After the animal is trapped, the exterminator will take the animal out into the woods far from your house and release them. One thing to watch out for with these traps is that raccoons are smart. They may be able to figure out a way to get the bait without getting caught in the trap.

If you believe you have raccoons in your attic, call a local pest control company to get rid of them as quickly as possible.