From a distance, raccoons look like the cutest little creatures. But that assessment might change pretty quickly if you ever find yourself up close and personal with one. They can be pretty vicious and dangerous sometimes. So, it’s important to know how to deal with a potential attack, and don’t worry: we’ve got you covered. If you ever find yourself in one of these scenarios, you’ll know exaclty what you need to do.
1. Raccoon in the attic
Picture this: you’re relaxing at home when a strange noise suddenly emerges from your attic. What could it be? Fingers crossed it isn’t a ghost or something! Yet after opening the latch, you start to wish that it really had been a ghoul. A raccoon has found its way inside through the roof vent. Now, you could try to catch the animal yourself, but there is a better solution...
Call for help
Yep, you might want to call animal control in this instance. The raccoon could be harboring babies up there, and you don’t want to be on the receiving end of a mother’s attack: it’ll get ugly real fast! As chronicled on YouTube, a woman living in Toronto, Canada, had to do this when she found a den in her attic. Happily, Peter Nolan and Brad Gates from AAA Gates’ Wildlife Control were on hand to help. And after a tense encounter, they managed to safely remove the animal and her young.
So, how could this scenario have been avoided? Simple: cover up any gaps that you might have on the roof that lead to the attic. For instance, if it’s a vent or something similar, invest in a sheet of metal mesh and secure it to the opening. Don’t give raccoons the opportunity to accept an unwitting invitation into your house, folks!
2. Too close for comfort
You’re outside in the evening minding your business when a raccoon appears. Instead of running off, though, it continues to get closer to you. What’s the deal? You could attempt to shoo it away with a nearby object if it doesn’t relent. Surely that should work?