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When It Rains It Pours!
Styrofoam is used to insulate the top of attic hatches. It is ideal because it is rigid, can be cut to the exact size and it is a great insulator. Raccoons cannot resist clawing and rolling it between their paws. Raccoons have extremely sensitive forepaws. If you have ever watched a raccoon in a stream, without looking down they use them to “see” food underwater by feeling with their fingers. When we need to access the attic to conduct a search for babies, the attic hatch is pushed straight up in order to clear the framework it sits in. Because the raccoons residing in the attic have literally reduced the Styrofoam to the cellular level, a billion pieces proceed to fall directly onto my head, down my shirt and cover a 3 foot swath directly below the hatch. What a mess and there is no way to avoid it. Cleaning it up is certainly no easy task. The homeowner will walk in the room, think that we did it and say “what did you do?” It doesn’t stop there, I will continue to shed particles of Styrofoam into my truck and into other customers homes. If there should be any reason to go up into your attic it is always a good idea to remove your clothes from the closet with your attic hatch or at least cover them with a sheet… just in case! Music Credit: www.bensound.com