Roof and Attic Damage Caused By Raccoons

Roof and Attic Damage Caused By Raccoons

Homeowners on Walnutwood Lane in Germantown, Maryland, never heard any noise coming from the attic or saw any raccoons on their property, so they were surprised when they found out raccoons were living in the attic. The homeowners immediately called our Maryland raccoon removal specialists to inspect the attic and roof for raccoon damage. Our wildlife control technician took several photos of the damage including the photo below.

Raccoon feces and urine were found throughout the attic, covering every square foot of the rolled-in insulation. Raccoon urine had saturated the insulation in several areas so bad that the sheet rock ceiling underneath started to show stain marks in the bedroom below the attic. Overall, the damage directly and indirectly caused by raccoons in this house included:

  • Roofing shingles that were ripped off at the back corner of the roof.
  • A 4×4” hole in the back corner of the roof (this is how the animal gained entry in to the attic).
  • Water damage and wood rot on the back wall where the rain was coming in through the hole in the roof.
  • Ripped-off insulation around the heating and cooling duct work in the attic.
  • Flattened and urine-soaked rolled-in attic insulation.
  • Stained ceiling in one of the bedrooms.

We should point out, however, that raccoon damage in this Germantown home was more extreme than most of the homes we inspect. Raccoons have had the free rein for a while before homeowners noticed the signs of trouble. Because extensive repairs were necessary, our technician advised the homeowners to contact their insurance company. Most homeowners insurance policies cover the cost of damage caused by raccoons, including damaged attic insulation. However, homeowners insurance companies do not cover the cost for raccoon trapping and raccoon removal. Our technician set humane live-capture traps to trap and remove the raccoons that were living in the attic and installed a one-way door over the hole that the raccoon ripped open in the roof. After the raccoons were removed, the technician cleaned out the damaged attic insulation and installed new insulation. He also repaired the damage to the roof and replaced the rotted wood in the back wall.

Do You Have Raccoons in Your Attic?

If you hear noises coming from the attic in the evening or during the night, then you may have a raccoon infestation. The sooner you have invasive wildlife removed from your home, the less damage will occur. Not every homeowner can hear critters in the attic, and sometimes it’s impossible to see the holes that nuisance wildlife rips open in the roof. This is why it’s important to look in the attic once or twice a year to make sure it hasn’t become home to intrusive wildlife. If you suspect that a critter is living in your attic, contact our Maryland wildlife removal experts right away to get your attic inspected and the wildlife removed.

Raccoon Removal in Germantown

Raccoon Removal in Germantown

Germantown is a populated town located in Montgomery County in the state of Maryland. With so many people living in one area, wildlife has probably been displaced in the process. While some critters will find alternative places to call their home, some critters will stay put and claim your Germantown house as their new home. One creature that has no problem living in an urbanized area is the raccoon. You may not think wildlife can survive in an area that is urbanized, but the raccoon can actually thrive in an area filled with people. The raccoon’s ability to hunt for food allows it to survive in an area like Germantown. The raccoon is able to hunt out rodents and insects as well as food left out in trash receptacles by humans.  The raccoon is also a very intelligent species and has the ability to remember how to solve problems for up to 3 years. This helps the raccoon enter areas, including homes, frequently, even if a barrier is placed. Raccoons have a tendency to find their way into homes through basements and attics. While the raccoon may seem harmless, its presence in your home can be quite harmful to your health. Raccoons carry several diseases that pose a serious threat to humans such as:

  1. Raccoon Roundworm- Roundworm is a larva that can be found in areas that raccoons have been present. It can also be present in the feces left by raccoons. The infection attacks the central nervous system and can become fatal to humans if left untreated. In the past year alone there have been 13 reports of raccoon roundworm.
  2. Rabies– Probably the most known disease carried by the raccoon, rabies affects the central nervous system of the human or animal it infects. If a human is bitten by a rabid raccoon, medical attention should be received immediately.
  3. Trichinosis– This disease is caused by a parasite carried by the raccoon. The symptoms of the disease can often be diagnosed as those of the flu. If the infection becomes severe, the individual may experience problems with breathing and with their heart. Extremely severe cases of infection can result in death.

If you believe a raccoon has entered your Germantown home, call the professionals at Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control. Our technicians are trained in the humane removal of raccoons as well as the sanitary cleanup of the raccoon feces. We are available, so never hesitate to call our technicians. Call Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control today at 443.417.3137 or visit our contact page. You can also follow Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control today on Google+, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.   Sources: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/raccoon-nation/raccoon-fact-sheet/7553/http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/raccoon-nation/raccoon-fact-sheet/7553/ http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/trichinellosis/disease.html http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/