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Raccoon Removal in Boston

Raccoons live throughout Massachusetts except for Nantucket in a variety of habitats including residential and urban areas. Food sources and den sites attract raccoons to your property. By removing food sources and limiting access to denning sites, you can prevent a raccoon problem in Boston. 

Raccoon Damage

Naturally, den sites for raccoons include hollow trees, rock crevices, and abandoned woodchuck burrows. Attics, chimneys, and crawlspace share similar characteristics of an ideal raccoon den. 

A homeowner in Boston noticed strange sounds like thumping and growling in their attic. After a full home inspection, we found evidence of a raccoon.

In addition to noises, certain types of damage to the interior and exterior of your home are a clear sign of a raccoon problem.

Below are pictures of raccoon damage in a Boston home.

  • The screen covering the exhaust fan was pulled apart 
  • Rafters were covered in scratch marks
  • Raccoon tracks covered the siding and the attic floor

The Dangers of DIY Raccoon Control

Resourceful and intelligent, it is hard to trap a raccoon. If you do manage to trap a raccoon, you need a plan to legally and properly release the trapped animal.

Raccoons can be aggressive, especially when cornered or young are present. If bit or scratched, a raccoon can spread diseases such as rabies, parvovirus, and distemper virus. 

A raccoon denning in your attic has likely established a latrine site. Raccoon poop can carry Baylisascaris procyonis, (raccoon roundworm) an intestinal parasite. Baylisascaris procyonis is thought to pose the greatest risk to people because of the often close association of raccoons to human dwellings. Safe removal and proper destruction of raccoon feces is essential to protect your family. 

The Wildlife Experts

In this case, we did not find any evidence of juvenile raccoons. The damaged roof vent allowed the raccoon to enter the attic. 

Our recommendations to get rid of a raccoon includes:

  • Raccoon Removal– In this situation, we set a cage trap next to the entrance by the fan. We install an exhaust cap around the roof vent to prevent the raccoon from avoiding the cage trap. 
  • Exclusion Repair– Once the raccoon was removed, we sealed all current and potential entry points. Typical full home exclusion repair includes vents, roof returns, gable vents, soffit openings, and chimneys. 
  • Clean up– Removal of droppings and or soiled insulation
  • Sanitization and Ectoparasite treatment– Treating the area where the animal was present to kill and prevent viruses, bacteria, and insects brought in by the animal