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Old 10-25-2012, 06:25 PM   #16
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I will definitely do that... closing on the house tomorrow at 2pm EST so I'll have a chance to take pics then and really assess the situation re: insulation.

Oh, and if anyone wants some pet raccoons, I'm adopting them out. No re-homing fee. Good with cats, dogs and they love babies/kids.
If it is a family of raccoons, it is actually better if you get have a pest control company come in and place a scented pack that will actually deter the family to leave. Trapping and relocating is typically a death wish if the family is young. Wildlife rehabbers usually recommend to wait until the family is old enough and they will leave on their own. The mother keeps the area very clean and will actually consumer any feces so once they leave, you will not even know they were ever even there.

If you must relocate them, get a pest control company that does humane relocation which includes the scent deterrent. The mom will move them herself and they will have a much better chance of survival.

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Old 10-26-2012, 09:38 AM   #17
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Here's a picture of the insulation. If anybody has a comment on whether this is asbestos insulation I'd love to hear it. Thanks in advance. Also, no idea what the gold sparkly stuff is... didn't really notice it until I looked at these pics later.

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The gold shimmer is usually a dead giveaway for vermiculite.

You can get it tested by a local industrial hygienist for cheap to confirm it but my guess would be that it is.

You are not regulated how you remove it as a homeowner but regardless, do some research and protect yourself and any occupants and neighbors.
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thank you

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Curious ..JP, did you get the raccoons out?

I bought a home in June and turns out we had 7 raccoons total. 2 were dead for a long time when we closed. We trapped 2 (and had to have them killed - California law) and the remaining 3 died of starvation. We had a single trap waiting on the remaining exit and none of them came out.


In any case, they are nasty and so are the feces. Recommend getting that attic professionally cleaned out and then new insulation laid. Also key is once they are all out to do really robust exclusion work so new ones don't come back in.

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