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Masked Bandits In My Attic, "Oh My!"

Masked Bandit In My AtticOur clients recently found they have a neighboring Raccoon living in their attic. I just listed this beautiful one story home two days ago and today the homeowners contacted me to ask if they should disclose they had a Raccoon living in their attic. (the answer was yes I do think they should disclose). They hired an exterminator who sealed the vents and gave them a one year warranty just in case their masked friend returns.

The homeowners also mention the exterminator spread “wild hog urine” around the attic and roof line to prevent the Raccoon from returning. I have never heard of such a thing and find it funny, it drove their little dog crazy searching for the wild hog supposedly the urine has no Oder to humans...hmm!

Last night the Raccoon returned and the Exterminator was there when I arrived at 8 am to present multiple offers. This Raccoon was determined to enter their attic once again by tearing shingles off one corner of the home. What a nightmare for our owners trying to sell their home with multiple offers.... yes disclose, disclose, disclose.

Masked Bandit living in my atticHomeowners living  in suburbia, urban or the countryside communities confront the challenges of living in close proximity to our fellow neighborhood wildlife. If you are hearing activity in your attic between the months of March through October, it is extremely likely that the animal in your attic is a female with dependent young! During the birthing season (March through October), wild animals often seek out den sites that are well protected from other wild animal predators – and, inevitably, closer to human habitation since human dwellings afford many kinds of niches.

 

Bandit Babies living in my atticThe two most likely inhabitants of attics are squirrels and raccoon's.  If you are hearing noises during daylight hours you most likely have a squirrel living in your attic.  Squirrels are typically only active during the day, and their activity patterns cease as soon as it has become dark outside.If, on the other hand, you are hearing noises during nighttime hours, you most likely have a raccoon or flying squirrel living in your attic.  Raccoon's and flying squirrels are nocturnal animals, meaning they are usually only active at night.

 

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