Are raccoons in your walls in Bartlett, 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 situation can occur when a raccoon is living in your attic and manages to fall through a hole in the insulation, and more often than not this happens to baby raccoons. Always call a wildlife professional before trying to open a wall or making any attempt on your own 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?
When we get a call, we first try to determine what kind of animal we may be dealing with. It’s important to understand the different sounds animals make. This can help us determine the species we are dealing with and how best to approach the situation. Determining the age of the raccoon is helpful. We will have to deal with the situation differently with babies than we would with an adult raccoon. 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
At Apex Wildlife Control we use live cage traps and a noose to capture raccoons stuck in walls. A raccoon stuck in a wall can perish within two days without food and water. This can contribute to a slow and agonizing death, so it’s very important to get the animal out as soon as possible. This may seem like a lot to go through to save a wild animal, but it also saves you from having to deal with a decaying animal and terrible odor in your home.
An animal stuck in a small tight space will be sluggish and exhausted, and probably will not put up as much of a fight. The animal removal procedure is pretty straightforward. First, the noose is wrapped around its body, under the front legs. This keeps it at a distance so it can’t hurt the technician while he gets it into the cage. A tired raccoon can be easily put into a cage. We can then hydrate and feed the raccoons before we relocate them and release them. They will possibly have to fight for territory or find another water source when we relocate them so we try to get them healthy before they reenter the wild.
Baby Raccoons In Your Walls In Bartlett TN
If the technicians finds baby raccoons, we try to get to them as soon as we can. The baby raccoon could have fallen and gotten hurt. This can happen before it even started to make noise. So by the time it starts making noises, there is no way to tell how long it was already there. We will 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 on and pull them out by hand. They make crying sounds, but once they are warm in a box, they will calm down. We always check to make sure there are no other little ones and we may even check in the attic.
When A Raccoon Rehabilitator Is Necessary
At this young age, the baby raccoons are unable to take care of themselves so we have to find a wildlife rehabilitator who specializes in raccoons. Wildlife rahabilitators are trained to properly feed raccoons and reintroduce them into the wild when it is time.
Once baby raccoons have been handled by humans the mama raccoons will usually reject them and you cannot return them to her. They are most likely still being nursed so they will have to be bottle-fed and then slowly transitioned to regular food and then taught to forage. It is a long process. If you ever see a raccoon in your yard I would not advise 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 we have safely extracted the raccoon or babies from the wall, it is a good idea to go ahead and get a full interior and exterior inspection. You need to know how they are getting in and out of your home so this doesn’t happen again. If a raccoon has gained access to your home, more will surely follow.
So call Apex today to hear about our ONE YEAR WARRANTY on exclusions for your home. So if you have raccoons in your walls in Bartlett TN, call us today! We will be happy to help with all of your problem wildlife needs!