The best advice I could give to anyone is this: if you find a raccoon in your attic, call a professional. Last month, we started hearing what sounded like scratching and chewing coming from outer wall. It worried us a little bit, but we only heard it a couple of times so we gullibly let ourselves believe it was just the air conditioning making funny sounds and that we would call someone about it if it got any worse. That means that for three weeks, damage was being done that we still haven’t seen (hint: DON’T IGNORE THE SOUNDS!!)
Last week while we were outside on the porch, a louver from the attic vent came loose and fell out onto the deck. No one was hurt but it definitely scared us all! We experienced a similar shock when my husband, Ben, climbed up on a ladder to replace the louver, yelped, and dropped it back on the deck (needless to say we had to buy a new louver). When he leaned in the hole, he came face to face with a very angry raccoon; we decided it was best if we waited until AFTER the raccoon had left at night before we tried to reattach the louver again.
That night at about 9 o’clock after we saw the raccoon leave, Ben reinstalled the louver and we called it a night. The next morning we discovered an absolute disaster outside. The raccoon had crawled around the entire house and clawed at the vents, the soffit, anything that would reach the attic until it finally got back in by tearing off another vent. We think that she has babies inside and that’s why she was so aggressive about getting back in, and that would also explain the sounds in the walls. Anyway, we are having someone come out and look at the attic and hopefully the problem will be resolved soon; but again, if you find a raccoon in your attic, just call in the professionals.