Raccoons are, in most cases, nocturnal. They leave large trails within the insulation, leave larger droppings, somewhat similar to a dog’s, and in most cases leave some form of damage to their entry point that can be easily viewed from the outside. They often have 3-5 babies in the attic area which need to be manually extracted and transported to a licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator.
A major cause of home and attic damage, raccoons in Central Florida are always on the lookout for a great place to live and your attic is just right. Attics provide a dry, warm, safe shelter for raccoons to raise their young. Raccoons enter your home by prying open areas in soffits and vents and, once inside, the damage begins. Destruction of duct work, insulation, wiring, and wood often takes place, as well as damage to personal belongings stored in the attic. Your attic has also become an indoor toilet for your new tenants who leave behind urine and droppings. Parasites such as fleas can also be a problem long after the raccoon family has been removed.