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Signs of a Raccoon on the Roof or in a Soffit

In their search for food and denning sites, raccoons climb trees, siding, and drainage pipes to gain access to rooftops. In doing so, the pests often leave smudges on downspouts. Finding claw marks on the trunks of trees could also alert property owners to the presence of raccoons.

Noticing droppings about three to five inches long on roofs may indicate an infestation as well. Raccoons defecate before climbing or entering a structure. A raccoon latrine on the roof is sometimes a sign that the animals have gained access to the attic. Finally, residents may spot adult raccoons or hear purring, growling, chittering, and scratching sounds.

Damage

Raccoons on roofs cause a fair amount of damage. Females destroy soffits, fascia boards, and shingles to reach places to den, even ripping through vents and insulation to get inside. One they can find or enlarge a hole, rooftops provide easy pathways to attics.

Preventing raccoon damage to roofs is tricky. Attaching metal flashing to house corners can prevent the animals from climbing. In addition, trimming trees at least eight inches away from the home makes it more difficult for the pests to cross over to the roof. Regular inspections catch holes that could allow raccoons in soffits and vents.

Health Dangers

The presence of raccoons on roofs may be dangerous for residents. These animals are rabies carriers, and their feces often contain raccoon roundworm. These parasite eggs pose a serious disease risk, as infection can lead to blindness or even death in humans.

Removal

Since relocation and trapping laws vary from state to state, homeowners dealing with raccoons in soffits or on roofs are better off calling in professional help.

Critter Control's wildlife removal specialists have the tools and knowledge to remove raccoons humanely. Their services keep property owners from harm in multiple ways. In addition to handling dangerous work high off the ground, professionals also sanitize areas affected by infestation to stop the spread of disease.