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What to Do When Raccoons Move Into Your Attic

What to Do When Raccoons Move Into Your Attic
What to Do When Raccoons Move Into Your Attic

Furry freeloaders living in your attic? When raccoons move in, rapid NJ raccoon removal is the first thing on your mind. However, this task must be handled carefully to avoid compounding your problems.

What to Do with Raccoons Living in Your Attic

January to September, it’s wise to assume the raccoon in your attic is a mother with babies. Luckily, these devoted, protective mothers will move their babies if given the chance. There are a few ways to accomplish this:

1. Wait.

Raccoon families typically only stay for short periods. Some will move babies to another site during the nesting season. Others will vacate when babies are fully independent at summer’s end.

2. Humane harassment.

A top carrier of rabies and often vicious when cornered, never attempt to physically remove raccoons on your own. Instead, make your home inhospitable. Inside or outside the den, place a bright light and a radio tuned in to a talk station for a few days/nights. Place a bag of used kitty litter outside as a scent deterrent. Avoid ‘one-way doors,’ which often leave babies trapped inside. Use a ‘newspaper test,’ taping 2-sheets of newspaper over the entrance to verify eviction.

3. Professional assistance.

Short on time/patience? Professional NJ raccoon removal can speed this process, safely and humanely extricating animals and disinfecting the site.

Need to give furry bandits the boot, fast? Contact Stern Environmental today. 

Do You Have a Raccoon in Your Attic? The Telltale Signs

Do You Have a Raccoon in Your Attic? The Telltale Signs
Do You Have a Raccoon in Your Attic? The Telltale Signs

Raccoons knocking over your trash cans are bad enough. Having one inside your attic is even worse as they present health and safety risks. Raccoons are common in northern New Jersey, where they destroy roofs and walls while spreading disease.

To protect your home from damage and avoid illness from these rabies-carrying intruders, get NJ pest control services to safely handle raccoon removal.

Sounds & Signs of Raccoons in the Attic

Raccoons make enough noise that you’ll probably hear them walking around. They are most active at night, but urban wildlife may cause noise at any time.

Take a flashlight to the attic and shine it around. This helps identify a raccoon nest because their eyeballs will reflect the flashlight.

The smell of raccoon musk, urine, and feces will be obvious. Their poop looks a lot like cat poop. Squirrels leave smaller pellets.

Beware of Raccoon Problems in the Summer

It’s most common to get a pregnant mother raccoon who wants to give birth and raise her young in the safety of the indoors.

Be careful, though, because a concerned mama will be aggressive and defensive. If you block her out with the kids still in the attic, she will destroy whatever she needs to get back in.

NJ pest control professionals offer humane removal, cleaning and disinfecting, and blocking raccoons from getting back inside your home.

Need help removing a raccoon nest from the attic? Contact us at Stern Environmental for NJ pest control by your local wildlife removal experts!

Get the Facts on Raccoons and Why They Love to Move Into Your Attic

Too Adaptable

Get the Facts on Raccoons and Why They Love to Move Into Your Attic
Get the Facts on Raccoons and Why They Love to Move Into Your Attic

For raccoons, survival is dependent on adaptability. Adaptability is a great skill for raccoons to have but it spells trouble for you. The same instincts that keep raccoons seeking shelter, feeding and surviving can drive them to invade your space. In New Jersey, the only thing that should be inhabiting your attic is keepsakes, mementos, and living space, not uninvited guests. Stern Environmental’s NJ pest control aims to keep out the stowaways.

What’s in Your Attic?

Raccoons seek shelter in dry and abandoned areas. When was the last time you checked your attic? Are there any dumpsters or scraps of food near or outside your home? Raccoons love to munch on human food. They’re omnivores and love fruits, vegetables and meat. If your home has a dry and warm attic that comes with questionably edible entrees within reach, it’s like an open invitational for a raccoon! Stop the raccoon invasion! Get some great advice from an NJ pest control professional today!

The Dexterity Paws

Do you think there’s no way a raccoon can get into your house? Think again. Raccoons are professionals at getting around obstacles. They’ve been known to open doors, bottles, lift latches and to the frustration of attic owners everywhere are great climbers. Beware of tipped trash cans, tell-tale paw prints, and ruined crop gardens. A raccoon may be raiding your property! Contact Stern Environmental right away!

Raccoons – A Real Problem for New Jersey Residents

Raccoons - A Real Problem for New Jersey Residents
Raccoons – A Real Problem for New Jersey Residents

Raccoons are cute and fuzzy, and you can’t deny that they’re fun to watch. However, that fun disappears once they have invaded your home. These pests can do a lot of damage once they’re inside, and it’s even worse when you’re dealing with a whole family of them. It’s not safe for you to handle them yourself. You need the help of a professional NJ pest wildlife removal team to take care of them.

Removing Raccoons Yourself

Raccoons can become dangerous if they feel they’re being threatened. Trying to take care of them on your own is never a good idea. You may even have one in your home that has been infected with rabies. If you’re bitten, it puts you at risk. Also, home remedies for removing raccoons are usually useless. You don’t want to waste your money on something that isn’t going to work.

How NJ Pest Wildlife Removal Can Help

At Stern, we know the best ways to remove raccoons from people’s homes. We may be able to use our one-way tunnel system that allows them out, but doesn’t allow them back into your home. This is a humane method that is completely safe; both for us and for you.

Raccoons can be a real headache. If they’ve invaded your home, all you need is a phone call to the pros to remedy the situation. Contact us today to get immediate help!

Urban Wildlife: The Cuteness You’d Better Keep at an Arm’s Length

Wildlife are Cute, but Beware the Diseases they May Harbor.
Wildlife are Cute, but Beware the Diseases they May Harbor.

While wildlife may be cute, interesting, and fun to watch, NJ wildlife pest control specialists will tell you that it’s best to keep critters at a safe distance. Animals live in the wild, but unfortunately, their habitat areas are slowly being encroached upon by humans in their quest to construct new buildings. This pushes wildlife into human areas where they must compete for food, warmth, and safe nesting places to give birth and raise their young.

Negative Side Effects

In their desire for a new place to live, wildlife often finds ways into a home or business. Whether it’s in a crawl space, in the attic, a storage shed, or inside a porch, their presence can result in damage to the property as well as subjecting humans to pests, such as fleas, mites, and ticks, and a long list of diseases such as rabies, ringworm, encephalitis, toxoplasmosis, mumps, and more.

Positive Problem Solving

The most common wildlife seen in communities include rats and mice, skunks, groundhogs, pigeons, opossums, raccoons, feral cats, and squirrels. While you may want to attempt to remove wildlife to another location on your own, it’s best to leave this part to the professionals.

If unwanted wildlife shows up, contact our NJ wildlife pest control technicians as soon as possible. We have the experience and the proper methods to safely remove pests that have set up residence in your home or business.