Spring is the time when the majority of nature starts to flourish. Many animals begin their breeding cycle, raccoons being ones of them. The hight of the raccoon breeding season is between March and May. If you are spotting male and/or female raccoon around your house during that period, it could mean you have a raccoon nest in your attic.
The attic is the logical replacement for their natural habitat of tall trees. They are well insulated, which makes the job of the mother easier. Her primary care becomes finding food. The house is also hard to get into. This minimizes the chances that some other raccoon, who isn’t the father will find them. Raccoons kill the babies of their own species before they mate with one another.
There are some surefire signs that will help you determine if you really have baby raccoons in your attic. They have very specific noses that they make, like twittering or screeching. If they are older than 6 weeks you might even hear scratching around your attic. The most common way to get a visual confirmation is to go inside your attic in the dark. Wait till you hear noises associated with baby raccoons. Once you hear them, it shouldn’t be too hard to locate them.
Maybe you want to take the most humane approach, and wait for them to leave with their mother once they are old enough, around 12 weeks. But this could lead to many problems around your house. The older they get the more damage they will inflict upon your house. There have been cases when the baby raccoons have clawed through the attic itself. The more time they spend there the more raccoon feces and other excrements there will be in your attic. Something could happen to their mother. Without the supervision of their mother, they could even starve to death and root inside your house. Raccoons are known to carry many infectious diseases such as The Raccoon roundworm, Rabies, Leptospirosis and more.
You can try and treat this issue by yourself or with the help of certified professionals. If you have located the nest, and are planning to catch and remove the babies, you need to be absolutely sure the mother isn’t around. If she is around she will most likely be very aggressive and attack you. To be on the safe side, it would be advisable to trap the mother first. You will need a steel cage trap, strong enough to hold an adult raccoon. Bait it with bread or marshmallows. If you use meat as bait you ar more likely to catch wild cats than raccoons.
Your other option is to call a specialist, well versed with raccoon removal. They will treat them the most humane way possible as well as secure a new, more permanent habitat for the mother and her babies. The cost of such a specialist is, in the best possible case, around 400$. raccoon removal has a lot of hidden costs, but the specialist will have you’re covered. They will offer additional fees for attic reparation and cleaning. In the worst case, an attic infested with baby raccoons will cost you over 1000$.