Are raccoons in your walls in Arlington, TN? Do you hear strange noises coming from the walls in your home? Is the sound more like banging or loud scratching? Does it sound like a baby crying or maybe what sounds like chittering? If so, you may have a raccoon stuck in your walls.
This happens when a raccoon is living in your attic and manages to fall through a hole in the insulation. Always call a wildlife professional before trying to remove a raccoon from a wall. The wildlife technicians at Apex Wildlife Control are the experts to call to rectify this situation. Handling wild raccoons can be very dangerous, especially when a baby is involved and the mama is close by.
Are We Dealing With Raccoons Or Something Else?
First we will determine whether or not it is a raccoon that we are dealing with. We ask questions about the sounds the animal makes and when you hear the noises. This is important for our technicians to determine the species involved and the best to way to approach the situation. The age of the raccoon is also very helpful because dealing with adult raccoons is different than dealing with babies. For information about rats or other species in your walls, check out Rats And Mice In The Walls.
How We Capture Raccoons In The Walls
For raccoons stuck in walls, Apex Wildlife Control uses a live cage trap and a noose. Without food or water, a raccoon stuck in a wall can perish within two days. It is very important to get the raccoon out as quickly as possible to avoid a slow and agonizing death. This may seem like a lot to go through in order to save a wild animal. However, it will save you from having to deal with a terrible, lingering, odor if the animal dies.
Animals that become stuck in a small tight space will be exhausted from the struggle to get out. They will be sluggish, and most likely will not put up much of a fight. It is a fairly straightforward procedure to remove the raccoon. First, a noose is wrapped around the raccoon’s body, under its front legs. This is to keep the raccoon at a distance when gets it is placed into the cage. A tired raccoon can easily be placed into a cage. We will then hydrate and feed the raccoon before we relocate and release them. Raccoons will have to find a source of water and food once they are relocated and released. Therefore, we make every to revive them before they reenter the wild.
Baby Raccoons In Your Walls In Arlington TN
Should the technician find that they are dealing with baby raccoons, they will try to get to them out as soon as they can because we do not know how long they have been inside the wall. The baby raccoon could have fallen and may be hurt. This can happen before it even starts to make any noise. So by the time it has started making noises, there is no way to tell how long it was been there or when it last received nourishment from the mother. We move quickly to cut out the wall and have a box ready to put them in.
Baby raccoons are not aggressive so we can reach in with gloves and pull them out by hand. They make crying sounds, but calm down quickly once they are warm in a box or with their other litter mates. We always check to make certain there are no other little ones in the area once one has been removed, and we may even check the attic in case this is where the little one was before falling into the wall space.
When A Raccoon Rehabilitator Is Necessary
Baby raccoons are unable to take care of themselves at such a young age so we turn to and depend upon the services of a trained wildlife rehabilitator that specializes in raccoons. A wildlife rehabilitator knows the proper feeding and care of the baby raccoons and will reintroduce them into the wild when it is time.
Once baby raccoons have been handled by humans the mama raccoon will usually reject the baby, and they cannot be returned to her. The baby most likely is still nursing so it will be necessary to bottle feed the baby, slowly transition it to regular food, and then taught to forage. It is a long process. Whenever see an adult raccoon in your yard it is not advisable for you to try to get rid of them yourself unless you know for sure there are no babies in the attic or walls of your home.
After They’re Gone...
If a raccoon has gained access to hour home the potential is there for more to follow. It is a good idea to go ahead and have a full interior and exterior inspection of your home performed following the safe extraction of the raccoon or babies from the wall. It is important to know how the raccoons were able to get in and out of your home in the first place so this will not happen again.
Call Apex Wildlife Control today to hear about our ONE YEAR WARRANTY on exclusions for your home. So, if you have raccoons in your walls in Arlington, TN, call us at 901-598-8555. We will be happy to help with all of your problem wildlife needs!