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Raccoon Damage - Wall Torn out At Apartment

raccoon damage

06.08.2004 - This was a very interesting job.  I got a phone call from one of the apartment complexes here in Orlando that I regularly service.  They usually have problems with squirrels getting into the attics of the buildings.  Thus, when I got yet another call for noises in the attic, I went prepared to do a squirrel removal job.  When I got on the roof of the 3-story building to inspect, I saw this!  There was a large hole torn into the wall of the apartment at roof level, with a big wooden board missing.  A tenacious female raccoon had climbed 3 stories onto the roof of the apartment - that's a tough climb with no trees handy!  And it just ripped its way right inside the attic.  Not only that, but when I started nosing around the hole to inspect, it just came right up and stuck its head out of the hole!  I took a few good photos.  This raccoon certainly had no fear!

I checked the attic for young raccoons, but there were none.  This is rare, but the attics in these apartments are very simple, and it was easy to see 100% of the space, and there were no young.  I set a trap right at the hole with no other way out.  Sure enough, I quickly caught the raccoon.  I have an account of the job, with four photos, on this page: Raccoon In Apartment

Raccoons cause a lot of damage to homes and especially inside the attic. They tear up ductwork, wires, and defecate. I have several photos of attic damage on this page: Raccoon Damage in an Attic. If you have raccoons in the attic, it's best to have them removed as soon as possible, before they cause serious destruction.

The raccoon (Procyon lotor), is a unique animal native to North America. It's not closely related to any other animals, with distant relatives such as bears and weasels. Coons are easy to recognize, with a black mask and ringed tail. Raccoons tend to weigh between 10-20 pounds as adults. They are mostly nocturnal, and are omnivores. Racoons average a lifespan of about 5 years in the wild, and have a litter of 3-6 young each spring. They are very strong, excellent climbers, very intelligent, and they are very skilled with their hands. Raccoons have learned to thrive in urban areas, and live in very high densities in cities, where they eat garbage and pet food. They commonly break into homes and attics, where they cause considerable damage, and they also destroy other property, and thus racoons are considered pest animals by many people. Raccoon control and removal, especially from inside homes, is best left to a professional.

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