Raccoon in Chimney

This homeowner heard scuffling sounds coming from their chimney, and soon discovered a raccoon had moved in. It is common for female raccoons to search for a den in chimneys and attics to give birth.  Unfortunately, once they have nested in a chimney, hiring a professional is often the only effective and safe solution for getting rid of a raccoon for good.


A previous raccoon exclusion was attempted on this chimney. The raccoon had no trouble breaking through the installed metal screen. In the quest to get rid of raccoons for good, it is imperative that raccoon proof materials and techniques are applied.

In this case, the Critter Control wildlife technician employed an effective and humane trap which captured the raccoon on its nightly departure from the chimney. Next, they then inspected the chimney for kits (babies). After ensuring no kits were present, the technician installed a raccoon proof barrier.

Raccoon in Attic

This Houston homeowner became aware of an animal in the attic after hearing sounds in the night.  At first, they thought it might be a rat. However, after a thorough investigation by a Critter Control specialist, it turned out to be a bigger animal than expected. To confirm the identity of the animal, technicians applied a footprint tracking powder on the ductwork. The raccoon footprints corroborated suspicions, providing the wildlife specialist everything they needed to know.


Unfortunately, footprints are the best case scenario when it comes to raccoon damage in the attic. In this case, raccoons were attempting to penetrate the ductwork inside this homeowners attic.

Why do raccoons damage ductwork? For one, raccoons are gathering materials for the den. Additionally, raccoons in the attic may attempt to create new paths through the house. In other scenarios, it may be a simple case of curiosity, especially for young kits.


Aside from the financial cost of repairing ductwork, raccoon waste inside ductwork can pose various health risks. Beyond the unpleasant smell of raccoon waste, which wafts through the home via the air conditioning system, raccoon feces are vectors for diseases. One example is the raccoon roundworm, an infection caused by accidental ingestion or inhalation of roundworm eggs found within raccoon feces. 

Thus, if you have suspicions of raccoons or any other animal in the attic, call a wildlife professional.

How Do Raccoons Get into the Attic?

Raccoons are fairly industrious when it comes to finding a way into an attic. When possible, raccoons will exploit an existing hole. Despite the fairly large size of raccoons, the hole doesn’t have to be big.


An adult raccoon can fit into a hole the size of a softball (3-4”).

In the worst case scenario, a raccoon will create or expand holes, tear off roof shingles, or destroy vents. Raccoons are powerful creatures for their size, and they have tough paws and sharp claws to help bypass obstacles that other animals would have trouble with. Here are a few examples that Critter Control technicians have encountered in the field.



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