As the temperature increases so does the amount of mother raccoons giving birth. For our company, a critical operating standard at this time of year is to inspect every attic even when the homeowner is not hearing the crying sound of babies. We typically can not rely solely on the homeowners report of not hearing any crying noises because when baby raccoons are first born their cries are usually barely audible in the room below. As they approach one week of age, their ability to vocalize becomes stronger. Therefore there could still be babies in a homeowners attic even though they have not reported hearing any chittering sounds.
These babies were removed from an attic above the master bedroom in a home. The mother raccoon took one of her babies while we were still on site and the rest were placed in our heated reunion boxes to await her return. All babies were relocated by the mother overnight.
By Brad Gates, B.Sc.
Brad Gates is the owner and president of AAA Gates Wildlife Control. He has over 35 years experience in the humane wildlife removal and prevention industry.