Category Archives: Raccoons

Do Lights Keep Away Animals?

Do lights scare away raccoons and wild animals

In this post, we discuss whether outdoor lighting will keep away wild animals like skunks, raccoons, and others.

If you have unwanted wild animals coming into your yard and doing things like getting into your trash cans, digging holes or eating plants in your garden, you’re probably ready to try anything to keep them away.

There are many DIY solutions that will be suggested and one of them you will probably hear will be installing outdoor lights.

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Will installing outdoor lighting really keep animals away? Will lights keep away raccoons, skunks, and other pests?

 

Using outdoor lights as wild animal deterrents

Opossum showing teethIt’s easy to understand why you would think outdoor lighting would keep away animals. Many nuisance animals are only active at night, so it seems natural that they would be afraid of lighting in your yard.

This is somewhat true. An animal visiting your yard for the first time or first few times are going to be cautious and fearful. An outdoor light might keep them away.

However, this fear is likely not to last forever. Raccoons are much smarter than people often give them credit for. They learn from experience and have the memory to apply these lessons in the future.

Lights may frighten away an animal the first time they visit your yard but on future visits, they may not have the same effect. A raccoon is smart enough to learn that outdoor lights in your yard aren’t actually a threat.

The lights may work at first, but over time they may not continue to be effective.

Related: Do raccoon repellents work?

 

What types of lighting to use

Raccoons and RabiesIf you’re going try to use outdoor lighting to scare animals away, your best bet is to use motion sensor lights.

Lights that are off most of the time but triggered by movement are more likely to startle and deter wild animals. They also help take away hiding places, making them feel less safe.

It’s good to know what kind of animals you are trying to keep away because some will not be bothered at all by lights. These include mice, rabbits, and squirrels.

Raccoons and opossums may also be deterred by lighting, at least initially. The lights may become less effective over time if the same animals keep returning and learn there are not any actual threats.

 

Remove food sources

Raccoon with rabies memeInstall outdoor lighting if you want because it may be helpful, and might also keep away unwanted humans as well.

But the most effective deterrent you can use is to try and remove the food sources that bring animals into your yard in the first place.

They are coming into your yard looking for food. It might be that your trash cans are stored outside and they can get the lids off. In that case, secure your garbage can lids with rope, bungee cords or a weight of some kind.

Clean up fruits and nuts that fall from trees. Keep your compost piles covered. Don’t leave pet food out overnight. Fence in your garden with a fence at least two feet high and have the bottom edge go another 6-12 inches into the soil. Bend the fence outward into the soil and bury it.

Related: What animal is digging in my garden?

 

Remove hiding places

Besides using lighting to take away hiding places, you can also keep your yard clean to help keep wild animals from having safe places to hide or build a nest.

Clear debris from your yard, including leaves, and piles of sticks or wood.

Trim trees and shrubs away from too close to your home.

You can use wire mesh buried into the ground around decks and patios to help discourage digging.

Related: How to keep raccoons away from your home.

 

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Do Raccoon Repellents Work?

Do Raccoon Repellents Work?

In this post, we talk about raccoon repellents and whether they really work. There are sprays, powders, and other products.

But do they work?

When you have a raccoon in the attic or under your shed, of course, you want to get rid of it. Especially before it may have babies and raise them in your space.

An easy solution seems to be to go to the local hardware store and buy some raccoon repellent. You spray or sprinkle it around the area where they live and POOF, they’re gone!

Is it really that easy?

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Do Raccoon Repellents Work?

The short answer: Sometimes, maybe, but usually not. You can try them if you want, but most people find them to be a waste of time and money. We do not recommend them.

The problem is that a raccoon will rarely leave somewhere just because of an odor.

Raccoon behavior FAQA raccoon won’t leave an area just because of some scent. They are very tolerant to smells.

After all, they are highly adaptable wild animals who love to eat garbage right out of the can!

Raccoons will not be easily deterred from food, dens and what they consider to be their territory.

Related: Raccoon Behavior FAQ

 

Do Mothballs Repel Raccoons?

Mothballs are usually not an effective raccoon repellent. They may sometimes convince a raccoon to look elsewhere for a nest, but for the most part, they are ineffective. 

Raccoons and RabiesMothballs are considered to be pesticides and are regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency.

They contain either naphthalene or paradichlorobenzene, which are toxic substances to humans and pets.

Mothballs will slowly turn from solid to toxic vapor over time. When you smell a mothball odor, you are actually inhaling the insecticide. Long time exposure can cause health issues.

Mothballs should be used only as directed on the box. Repelling animals is not proper usage of the product according to the manufacturers themselves. Using mothballs outdoors can contaminate soil, plants, and water.

Mothballs may be toxic but they are highly unlikely to be eaten by a raccoon. They could possibly be eaten by a dog or a small child, which can be poisonous. If this happens, you should call poison control or your veterinarian right away.

 

Do Raccoon Repellent Sprays and Crystals Work?

Raccoon repellent sprays and crystals are usually not effective to keep raccoons away. They contain chemicals that are not proven to scare raccoons away.

Raccoon Most of the repellents you can buy from places like Walmart, Home Depot and online have naphthalene and paradichlorobenzene as their active ingredients.

They are basically mothballs but with a lower concentration of the toxic chemicals. They are still toxic and bad for humans, pets and the environment.

Most of these repellents will be ineffective deterrents to a raccoon that is searching for food or safe shelter. If the choice is between food and warmth, or irritating odors or sounds, a raccoon can put up with a lot in order to survive.

 

Do Sound Machines Repel Raccoons?

High pitch sound machines are sometimes recommended for deterring raccoons. Like many of these other methods, they sometimes work but are usually ineffective. 

raccoons carrying disease into your homeAnother sound that people may try is using a loud radio to try and irritate raccoons into leaving.

If your raccoon is already settled into a safe spot, they will probably not be deterred by sound or noise, unless it is so irritating that it may also annoy you.

 

Do Hot Pepper Sprays Repel Raccoons?

Some people have had some luck using pepper sprays, whether store-bought or homemade, to repel raccoons. They may sometimes help repel a raccoon that isn’t already too comfortable in its home.

There are a couple of problems though. These sprays can also be irritating to humans and pets, so you need to be selective about where they are used.

They also are short lasting and easily washed away by rain, so they may need to be reapplied every few days.

 

Summary

Most raccoon repellents will be ineffective. They may occasionally work but their overall success rate is not very high. 

Raccoon Trapped in a CageIt would be nice if you could spend twenty dollars at Home Depot and end your raccoon problem for good, but it is rarely that easy.

Raccoons are adaptable, intelligent and very tolerant of humans. These are the reasons they are invading the Chicago suburbs in record numbers. If they were easy to get rid of, cities wouldn’t be spending so much money on raccoon control to decrease their numbers.

Feel free to try these raccoon repellents if you want, but don’t get your hopes too high.

Your best options are taking steps to remove the food sources that attract raccoons and make sure you’re not giving them entry points to come into your home.

Related: How to Keep Raccoons Away from Your Home

 

If they have already entered your home, then it is time to contact a professional wildlife removal specialist. Raccoons can carry disease and should be removed as soon as possible.

 

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Zombie Raccoons in Illinois

Zombie Raccoons Illinois

Have you been hearing the stories about Zombie Raccoons in Illinois?

It sure makes for an interesting headline. You can imagine the walking dead raccoons strolling through the Chicago suburbs screaming “Brains… more brains!”

That’s not what the “zombie raccoon” phenomenon is really about, despite the headlines or stories you may have seen on WGN, NBC7 or Fox News.

The zombie raccoons stories actually have to do with a disease that has been affecting raccoons in the Midwest for years: Raccoon Distemper.

It’s just that “raccoon distemper” doesn’t have the same ring to it as ZOMBIE RACCOONS does, so that phrase has taken over the headlines because it gets people’s attention.

 

What are Zombie Raccoons?

Aggressive Raccoon“Zombie raccoons” are wild raccoons displaying unusual behaviors such as being active in the daytime, walking on their hind legs, bearing their teeth, and falling over backward and going “into almost a comatose condition” before later arising again.

That unusual behavior of appearing to “go comatose” is what has given them the nickname of “zombie raccoons”.

They are not actually walking dead raccoons who wander the earth in search of human or animal victims.

The true cause of these zombie-like behaviors is actually a disease known as “raccoon distemper”.

Related post: Raccoon FAQ

 

What is Raccoon Distemper?

raccoons carrying disease into your homeDistemper is a viral disease which can affect the respiratory, gastrointestinal and nervous systems of infected raccoons. It may cause twitching, seizures, and paralysis in raccoons, which is the reason they have been said to display zombie-like behavior.

In the wild, distemper most commonly affects raccoons, skunks, and foxes. It can also be transmitted to domesticated dogs and cats.

Related post: Do raccoons attack humans, dogs, and cats?

You should always keep your pets away from raccoons because they can carry rabies. It should go without saying that if you see a “zombie raccoon” that you should definitely keep your dogs and cats away from them.

There is no cure for raccoon distemper. Your dog can be vaccinated to help protect it. Humans are safe from distemper because it cannot be transferred to humans.

Related post: Common raccoon diseases

 

What should I do if I see a zombie raccoon?

RUN!!! Or at least don’t go near them.

Seriously, you should always stay away from wild raccoons because they can carry diseases, including rabies or distemper. Raccoons rarely attack a human, but it does happen. A raccoon displaying unusual behaviors is likely to be diseased.

 

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Related Zombie Raccoon Stories and Sources:

Wildlife officials explain why raccoons in Illinois, Ohio are acting like ‘zombies’ – WGN9

Police Investigate Reports of ‘Zombie’ Raccoons – NBC Chicago

Fearless ‘Zombie Raccoons’ Can Be Fatal To Pets – Chicago Patch

‘Zombie raccoons’ are freaking out residents with bizarre behavior, Ohio police say – Sacramento Bee

‘Zombie raccoons’ terrorizing town – Fox News

BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR ZOMBIE RACCOONS IN ROCKFORD – 97ZOK

Canine Distemper – Wikipedia


How Common is Rabies in Raccoons?

How common is rabies in raccoons

In this post, we discuss what percentage of raccoons have rabies, what the signs of rabies are,  and what treatments are available.

If you have been bitten or come in contact with a wild raccoon, call your doctor immediately!

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Most cases of rabies occur in the wild. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), wild animals account for over 92% percent of reported rabies cases.

The disease is much rarer in domestic animals. Rabies is usually only transferred to a dog or cat through the bite of an infected animal.

We’re often asked about raccoons and whether there is a danger to pets from raccoons giving them rabies.

Related: Raccoon Behavior FAQ

 

How common is rabies in raccoons?

Aggressive RaccoonThere has not been a reliable study to show the percentage of raccoons with rabies. The majority of raccoons DO NOT have rabies.

However, as far as reported cases of rabies are concerned, raccoons are one of the most likely wild animals to carry rabies.

Raccoons are the second most common wild species in reported cases of rabies.

According to the CDC, raccoons account for 29.4 percent of all reported rabies cases.

This is second only to bats, which account for 30.9 percent of rabies cases, and more than skunks, which account for 24.8 percent of rabies cases.

Raccoons, bats, and skunks are the most common “Rabies Vector Species”, along with foxes and groundhogs. These are the types of animals that when infected pose the greatest threat to pass it to others.

Related: Identification of Rabies and How to Protect Yourself and Your Pets

 

What percentage of raccoons have rabies?

According to a 2015 study of reported cases of rabies in wildlife species, 29.4% of tested raccoons had rabies.

 

How to tell if a raccoon has rabies

Rabies in RaccoonsThe only way to be certain a raccoon has rabies is for it to be tested. However, a rabid raccoon will often show telltale signs, symptoms, and behaviors.

Signs of rabies in raccoons

  • Appear disoriented
  • Walking unsteadily
  • Foaming at the mouth
  • Makes unusual noises
  • Weepy, goopy eyes
  • Aggressive behavior

Related: Top 6 Signs That a Raccoon is Rabid

 

Raccoon with rabies memeContracting rabies

Rabies is a virus and you or your pet can only contract rabies through direct contact with an infected animal and transmission of its saliva into the body.

This happens usually through a bite from a rabies-infected animal or through its saliva coming in contact with a cut or wound.

You cannot catch rabies be being near an infected animal, or simply by touching it.

Related: Common raccoon diseases

 

Rabies treatment

If you believe there is a chance you may have caught rabies from a wild animal, you should visit your doctor immediately. If treated quickly, rabies in humans is curable.

The CDC recommends washing any wounds immediately with soap and water. Even doing this can decrease your chances of rabies.

See your doctor for attention for any trauma due to an animal attack before considering the need for rabies vaccination.

Your doctor, possibly in consultation with your state or local health department, will decide if you need a rabies vaccination.

 

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More resources about rabies

Raccoons and Public Health – The Humane Society

Rabies – Centers for Disease Control

Rabies – Wikipedia

Wild animals with rabies – Centers for Disease Control

When should I seek medical attention? – Centers for Disease Control


 

What is Attic Restoration?

What is Attic Restoration

What is attic restoration?

In terms of wildlife removal, attic restoration is the process of returning the attic to its previous safe condition through the removal of animal droppings, disinfection of the space, repair to the attic of damages the wildlife caused and taking steps to ensure any entrances to the attic are closed.

Related post: Why attic restoration and cleanup is important

 

Four steps of attic restoration and animal cleanup

  • Cleanup of animal urine and droppings
  • Disinfecting the attic space
  • Inspect for and close all animal entrances
  • Repair damages (holes, burrows, chewed wires, etc.)

 

Cleanup of animal droppings

raccoon feces in atticNo matter what animals you’ve had in the attic, whether raccoons, squirrels, bats, or others, they will have left behind droppings in the attic. Wild animals just don’t seem to want to use the toilet or go outside to poop. They are poor houseguests.

Animal feces in your attic is unpleasant, unsightly and it can stink. Even worse though is that animal feces can carry disease and parasites with it. Raccoons in the attic can bring many diseases with them, some of which can threaten the health of your family and your pets.

The proper cleanup of animal droppings is critical to returning your attic to a safe place again. The germs could spread through inadvertent contact and some diseases can even become airborne. It’s best to leave the cleanup to a professional with the protective gear and experience to do the cleanup properly.

Related post: The dangers of raccoon feces in the attic

 

Disinfection of the attic

House Mice Carry Disease

Photo by Max Pixel

Disinfection is the second step of attic restoration after an animal infestation. Even after the animal droppings have been cleaned up, stains, oils, and pheromones can be left behind which may attract other wildlife. There may also be fleas and ticks that hitched a ride on your unwanted critter invader.

By using special cleaners and foggers, a professional wildlife cleanup specialist can safely remove the germs and parasites left behind so your family and home are safe again.

Related post: Diseases in bat feces

 

Inspect for and close all animal entrances

Squirrel in the AtticThe animal removal and cleanup is all a waste if another animal moves back into the attic again. You have to make sure that all entrances into the attic are properly sealed so that animals aren’t invading your home again.

Sometimes the entrances can be easy to find, and other times they can be less obvious. Sometimes there is more than one entrance, so when you find one, you can’t assume it’s the only way in.

Related post: Common animal entry points

 

Repair damages

Attic restorationIf you’re lucky, the only damage to the home will be the entrance the animal used to get into the attic. Often there will be other damages that need to be repaired, which could include repairs to roofing, fascia, soffit, and siding.

Rodents such as squirrels, mice, and rats will chew constantly because their teeth never stop growing.  There could be wires that have been chewed by squirrels or mice. Sometimes they will damage drywall and support beams. You may also have insulation that has been stained with urine and feces that needs to be replaced.

Related post: How Dangerous Are Mice to People and Homes?

 

Repairing and restoring your attic from the damages caused by wildlife can take awhile, requires safety precautions and is often better left to professionals.

 

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With our attic restoration services, we will restore your home to its original condition and evaluate your home for possible entry points to avoid further animal intrusions.

What Do Raccoons Do in Winter?

What Raccoons Do in Winter

When the cold winter weather and snow arrive, you may be wondering what happens to the raccoons. What do they do during the winter months?

In this post, we discuss the winter habits of raccoons so you can better understand their behavior.

Do raccoons hibernate in winter?

Raccoons do not hibernate in winter, contrary to what many believe. They do not migrate to warmer places either.

raccoon in tree in winterRaccoons are not true hibernators. They may, however, go into an extended period of rest and sleep called “torpor”. It is not hibernation because their heart rate will not slow and their metabolism and body temperature does not change.

Related: Do raccoons hibernate?

They will have fattened up during summer so they have a reserve of fat for the cold winter months.

 

Do raccoons migrate before winter?

Raccoons do not migrate before winter. You may be wondering what happened to them all because you don’t often see them during the cold winter months.

Raccoons do not hibernate either. They find a nice shelter to hide out from the worst weather and when the cold and snow occur, they will go into a deep state of sleep referred to as Torpor.

 

Raccoon torpor

raccoon in homeAs the weather begins getting colder, raccoons will seek out a good den for the winter months. During the first major snowfall or when temperatures dip below 25 degrees, raccoons will go to sleep in their den until the coldest and snowiest periods’ end.

Since they are not actually hibernating, raccoons will rise from their dens anytime the weather gets warmer. They will go in search of food to help them through the remainder of the winter.

The problem for you is when these raccoons decide that living under your deck, inside your chimney or moving into your attic is the best place to spend the winter.

Related: Keep animals out of your chimney with a chimney cap

 

Raccoons in your attic

You might be able to tolerate them temporarily under your deck, but you definitely don’t want them in your attic. Raccoons may carry diseases and so can the feces they leave behind. They may also chew wires and tear up other things they find.

It’s worth taking preventive measures for keeping raccoons away from your home.

There’s also another thing you probably want to avoid: Raccoons having babies in your home.

Because raccoons do not hibernate, they have found another way to occupy themselves during winter: mating.

Raccoon mating season takes place in late winter, sometime between January and February.

Finding a nice place to have babies is actually the most likely reason raccoons will move into your home.

 

Summary

What do raccoons do in winter? They will search for a place to make a good winter den. They will not hibernate but they do go into torpor, a state of extended rest in their den.

Raccoons will come out though as soon as it’s warm enough for them to go in search of food. They will also mate during the winter months and give birth do a litter in early spring.

 

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The Golden Book of Wild Animal Pets

The Golden Book of Wild Animal Pets

Back in 1959, the famous “Little Golden Books” series released a book titled The Golden Book of Wild Animal Pets by Roy Pinney.

The premise of this book was that it taught children how to capture wild animals such as turtles, snakes, owls, chipmunks, raccoons, and others in the wilderness and care for them at home as pets.

Times have changed, haven’t they?

Can you imagine a parent telling their child they could keep a wild raccoon as a pet nowadays? Today we get calls to have raccoons removed from homes and attics not to bring them home as pets.

Raccoons can carry rabies, distemper and other diseases. So can their feces. They are wild animals and shouldn’t be kept as pets. In fact, it is illegal to keep

Pets from Wood, Field and StreamNot only does keeping a wild animal as a pet place you in danger of diseases, it is illegal to keep wild animals as pets in Illinois and many other states.

In the simpler times of the 1950s and 60s though, a parent might buy a child a book and encourage them to go outside and catch a new pet.

Did that really happen? Absolutely, says Steven Mintz of the University of Texas at Austin and the author of Huck’s Raft, the authoritative history of American childhood. “There truly was a sense that childhood needed to be a period of freedom, of group bonding, of risk-taking,” he says, “and it had to be spent out of doors as much as possible.”

One reviewer of the book online even said that this book “started (his father) along his path into (becoming) a wildlife biologist.”

A lot of us today would say that kids probably do need to be outside playing more often, getting dirty and making their own imaginary adventures.

Just as long as they don’t bring home any skunks as pet.

 

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This post inspired by Kids, Go Catch a Raccoon, by Ben James for The Atlantic | Cover image from Dogear Diary Blog and used for purpose of criticism, comment, news reporting.


 

Do Raccoons Attack Humans, Cats and Dogs?

Do raccoons attack humans, cats and dogs?

Some people think of raccoons as being cute little precocious animals. Others mistakenly think that maybe they’re even cuddly.

The truth is, they are wild animals, not domesticated. They don’t make good pets and like all animals in the wild, they should be left alone in the wild. Sure there may be cute videos on the internet of raccoons sweeping the floor, that doesn’t mean you should approach a raccoon.

For those of us without illusions of their cuteness, we may still wonder: Do raccoons attack humans? Will they attack my dog or cat?

Related: Raccoon Behavior FAQ – What Can Raccoons Do?

Do raccoons attack humans?

Generally, raccoons will not attack humans, but occasionally they will. Most often they will hiss, turn away and run from humans. That does not mean they won’t attack humans though. Raccoons have been known to attack people if they feel threatened, and most worryingly, if they are rabid.

Related: Rabid animals in Illinois warning

Raccoons should be treated like all wild animals: with extreme caution.

It’s not hard to find videos of people being attacked by raccoons on YouTube.

Why do raccoons attack?

A raccoon is most likely to attack you for two reasons: because it is cornered and feels threatened, or because it is aggressive from a disease.

You should never approach a wild raccoon and you should never make a raccoon feel like it is cornered.

Related: Signs a Raccoon is Rabid

While a raccoon normally won’t attack a person, they may hiss, grunt or charge at you if they feel threatened or cornered. In most cases, they will only be trying to scare you off so you’ll leave them alone. They will often back off from you on their own.

If you have been scratched or bitten by a raccoon you should immediately see a doctor. Aggressive raccoons are much more likely to have rabies.

Related: Suburban Raccoon Populations Are Growing and Getting Smarter

Aggressive RaccoonDo raccoons attack dogs?

Much like with humans, raccoons will not usually attack dogs, but they have been known to and they are a risk to your dog. Usually, a raccoon will simply flee from your dog and other large animals, but they have been known to attack dogs. They may attack a pet for the same reason they attack a human: because they are cornered or because they are rabid.

Unlike a human though, a raccoon can do a lot more serious physical damage to a dog. This is dangerous for dogs because sometimes they may pursue the raccoon and corner them, making a physical confrontation much more likely. A dog’s instincts may cause them to confront a raccoon. A raccoon can even kill a small dog and they can easily pass rabies to your dog.

If your dog has a confrontation with a raccoon, you should immediately take it to see a veterinarian.

Do raccoons attack cats?

A raccoon will usually not attack a cat, which is good because an adult raccoon could easily kill a cat if it wanted to. However, a raccoon is likely to leave your cat alone and a cat is very unlikely to provoke a confrontation with one. Unlike dogs, cats will usually stay away from raccoons and are unlikely to approach, corner or become aggressive with one.

A raccoon attacking a cat is possible though. Raccoons love to eat pet food and if a particularly stubborn cat doesn’t let a raccoon eat from its food bowl, a confrontation is possible.

Attacks are much more possible with a rabid raccoon. If your raccoon has an altercation with a raccoon, you should take it to see your veterinarian right away.

How to prevent raccoon attacks

  • Never corner a raccoon
  • Never approach baby raccoons
  • Secure your trash cans
  • Don’t leave dog and cat food outdoors
  • Clean vegetables off the ground in your garden
  • Use caution when letting pets into yard after dusk

Stay away from wild raccoons at all times and don’t make your property attractive to raccoons. An aggressive raccoon is likely to be rabid so always see immediate medical attention if you or your pets have come in contact with one.

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We can also safely restore and sanitize your home to remove dangerous raccoon feces.

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Growling raccoon photo by Alan Vernon licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

Animals That Enter Your Home During the Fall

Animals that enter homes in fall

When summer ends and the temperatures start to go down during the fall months, animals start to prepare for winter.

One of their favorite ways to get ready for winter is to find a nice warm and dry place to stay for those cold months.

Your home is the perfect place for a winter vacation!

Fall is the most likely time of year where you may end up with an animal trying to take up residence in your attic or home.

Attic restorationWhat animals enter your home in the fall?

  • Mice
  • Rats
  • Squirrels
  • Raccoons
  • Bats

The rodent trio of mice, squirrels, and rats account for the majority of animal invaders to the home during fall and winter. They can all be problems at any time of year but they are especially prone to enter the home in the fall.

Mice and rats look for warm places to feed and breed when cold weather hits. Squirrels and raccoons do not breed in the fall but they sure do love a warm spot for an extended rest. Neither squirrels or raccoons hibernate but they are much less active. Bats may enter your attic in winter and hibernate until early spring.

Related: How to tell what kind of animal is in attic

You don’t want any of these animals in your home or attic. Squirrels cause hundreds of fires every year by chewing on wires. Raccoons will make a mess and leave behind disease-ridden feces.

Related: Raccoon Behavior FAQ

How do animals enter the home?

How animals get into your homeAnimals will enter your home in the fall if you give them the opportunity.

Inspect the exterior of your home using this Guide to Common Animal Entry Points

You should inspect the exterior of your home every year to make sure there are no openings for them to enter. The harsh summer rain, humidity, and heat can create just the tiny opening they need to get inside.

The harsh summer rain, humidity, and heat can create just the tiny opening they need to get inside.

Related: How Do Animals Get Into Your Home?

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How Do Animals Get Into Your Home?

How animals get into your home

As more and more animals learn to adapt to living near humans and our suburban landscapes and gardens support more wildlife, your home starts to become more of a potential target for animal invaders.

Many of us don’t mind having animals nearby and sharing our environment with them. None of us want them in our homes though. Wild animals need to be left wild, not allowed to move into our homes.

It does happen though. Bats and raccoons will move into your attic, skunks, and raccoons can move under your deck or shed, and mice can move into your basement or walls.

Beware of raccoon feces in attic

Animals in your home can create all kinds of problems, from squirrels chewing electrical wires to raccoons and bats leaving behind disease ridden feces. You can also expose you and your pets to rabies and other hazards.

Getting an animal out of your home can be done, but it is challenging, stressful and an unwanted expense. Cleaning up after an animal in your attic can be hazardous.

Your best option is to keep them out of your home in the first place.

 

Where animals enter home

  • Soffits
  • Chimneys
  • Attic exhaust opening
  • Attic & soffit vents
  • Pet doors
  • Window wells
  • Basement or foundation
  • Decks & porches
  • Roof corners
  • Roof and shingles
  • Overhanging trees
  • Holes around pipes
  • Weather stripping
  • Where to materials meet

Common points animals enter the home:

Interactive common animal entry points diagram

To prevent animals from entering your home, make sure you inspect the interior at least once a year, checking all the common entry points.

Check your home after winter to make sure the harsh weather hasn’t created a small opening for animals. Most of them don’t need much space. You should also inspect the home at the end of the summer before the cold weather hits. If you find any weak points you’ll still have time to fix them before unwanted critters are looking for places to get out of the cold.

Animals that will move into your home

  • Mice
  • Rats
  • Squirrels
  • Raccoons
  • Bats
  • Birds
  • Skunks
  • Snakes
  • Opossums
  • Wasps

Rodents are the most likely wild animal that will move into your home. Mice, rats, and squirrels account for about 75% or more of all unwanted critters in houses.

The favorite place for animals to take up residence is in your attic. It’s an inviting habitat for a wild animal because it’s low traffic, warm, dry and usually has nice out of the way places to hide.

Related: What animal is in my attic?

If you need professional animal removal services in the Chicagoland area, please contact us online or call (847) 464-1861.