Raccoon clilmbing a tree.

Springtime in NJ: Snow and Raccoons! – by Tom Watson, Go Green Pest Solutions

Posted on March 21, 2015 · Posted in pest control, pest proofing

No one told New Jersey raccoons that Spring would be late this year. Even though the first day of Spring dumped serious snow in many parts of the State, raccoons were right on time this year and are ready to have their kits.

I received a call last week from a NJ homeowner who heard an animal in the attic. When I inspected the house, I noticed the attic vent was bent pretty badly. I continued my inspection but did not see any other entry areas, so I sealed up the vent with heavy duty plastic.

House with broken attic vent due to raccoon entry.

Attics are a favorite spot for raccoons. Note the broken vent.

The next day when I returned the plastic was ripped to shreds. This confirmed my suspicion – raccoons. Most of the time a raccoon in the attic is a mother with young. When a raccoon enters (and likes) your attic, she moves right in. She will create a feeding spot, bathroom area, and a birthing area. Adjustments are made such as matting down insulation to make a nice sleeping area.

Spring is the time of the year that raccoons have their babies – referred to as kits. Raccoons typically have 2 to 5 kits and do not set them out on their own till Fall. Whether you do it yourself or call a pest control professional, it is important to remove the raccoons, seal the entry area and clean your attic.

Ways to Prevent Raccoons from Entering

Here are some tips to help you avoid dealing with masked house visitors:

  • Put mesh covers or caps on chimneys and vents.
  • Store garbage in a shed or in a sealed area. If this is not an option, use animal-proof lids on trash cans.
  • Inspect your home several times a year for cracks or entry points.
  • Repair loose shingles and siding

Raccoon populations have been increasing in urban areas and can pose a health risk as they often carry rabies. If you hear attic noises or see a hole (like the one in the picture above), please do not ignore it. The sooner you address the problem, the better.

Let me know if you have any questions about raccoon removal. Happy Spring New Jersey!