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Old 06-17-2013, 09:30 AM   #1
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Hello,

I saw a Raccoon enter my fireplace chimney from the rooftop.

I've blasted music all weekend in to the fireplace, with the damper closed, to let the critter know to leave.

How can I ensure he's not in there before I have the chimney capped?

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Old 06-17-2013, 09:35 AM   #2
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Start a fire.

Just kidding. Put some food on the roof and leave a trail then ap it once you see him leave. Or lead a trail into a trap and release him elsewhere.

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Hello,

I saw a Raccoon enter my fireplace chimney from the rooftop.

I've blasted music all weekend in to the fireplace, with the damper closed, to let the critter know to leave.

How can I ensure he's not in there before I have the chimney capped?

Thanks In Advance,
Uni
Make sure you were not playing the Beattles' "Rocky Racoon"

Try The Animals' "We Gotta Get Out of This Place"
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Make sure you were not playing the Beattles' "Rocky Racoon"

Try The Animals' "We Gotta Get Out of This Place"



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Old 06-17-2013, 08:30 PM   #5
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Unfortunately, the Raccoon is living in the chimney.

The chimney was covered with a wire mesh, just snug enough for a strong breeze not to blow it away.
I heard something fall on the roof, & saw the wire cap was off, & the Raccoon was there, & did a header back into the chimney.

I'll probably get a trapper out, since there may be baby Raccoon's in there too.
Any suggestion on vetting the Trapper?

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I have no idea if it works on Racoons, but you could drop moth balls down the cimney... it works on birds and squirrel.
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I have no idea if it works on Racoons, but you could drop moth balls down the cimney... it works on birds and squirrel.
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Does anyone know if this will work?
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I'm thinking this may be a mother Raccoon with babies.

Is it likely they will move out once the babies can travel?

If so, maybe I can avoid the expense of having them trapped,
by waiting them out.

I don't want to trap the mother & leave the babies stranded.
I'm in southeast lower Michigan, if this helps, when should the babies be able to travel?

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#1 Cut the trees back so they have no way to get on the roof.
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#1 Cut the trees back so they have no way to get on the roof.
OK thanks.

Do you think they may be able to still crawl up the downspout?
If the mother has kitts, I don't want to leave the babies stranded.
Any idea how long after birth the babies should be able to crawl out of the chimney, if there are babies in there?

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I got a PM from a seemingly helpful gent, which reads,

"I ran into that exact problem a month ago---Mom and two Kits---

I looked with my snake camera---"Sorry, call a trapper." I said.

Homeowner rousted them the next day using this advise from the trapper---

He said that Mom would bail out with the Kits if you sprinkle fresh male urine down the chimney-

He filled a bottle---sprinkled it in and waited---first mom and one Kit---next trip she got the other--

This better work---I just sprinkled an attic today with my special 'repellent'"


Does this seem plausible,
or is this fellow having a joke at my expense?

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Has anyone used "Raccoon Eviction Fluid"?

Is so, what was your result?

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#1 Cut the trees back so they have no way to get on the roof.
Do you think the mother may abandon any babies, & not move them if the branches are cut while she is in the chimney?


I don't hear any babies squeaking, but that doesn't mean there aren't any.

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What if you got up there with a good flashlight and looked down inside the chimney? There can't be much of anything a racoon could possibly LAY on or nest with in a vertical chimney other than maybe the damper, you ought to be able to see enough to tell if there's any babies or an adult racoon perched down there.
Some people have racoon pets, there's no guarantee they will leave if the assumed to be there babies reach a certain age, in which case you might need to name your new pet racoons



In spring and summer, a female raccoon may be enticed into the dark, quiet, and secure environment of your chimney for a nesting place.

If you hear a large animal on the roof, or growls and whines coming from the chimney at night, there is probably a raccoon family inside. Using a powerful flashlight during the day, look for a raccoon down the chimney.

The easiest solution to removing raccoons from a chimney is to wait for them to move on their own. After eight to ten weeks the female and young will leave and not return.

If raccoons need to be evicted, do not smoke them out and do not pour anything, including naphtha flakes or mothballs, down the chimney. Adult raccoons can easily climb out of a chimney, but the babies cant. The concentrated vapors can also damage the infant raccoons mucous membranes and make an adult raccoon extremely agitated while attempting to flee from the vapors.

Instead, harass the adult female using the following methods until being there is no longer worth her effort. She will move her young to an alternate den, one by one, holding them by the back of the neck in her mouth. Note: Any time you try to evict any mother animal, there is a chance that she may leave some or all of the babies behind.

To encourage the female raccoon to leave:

1. Keep the chimney damper closed and put a loud radio tuned to a talk station in the fireplace.

2.With a short broomstick, pole, or board, bang on the underside of the damper as frequently as possible.

3.Wearing gloves, sprinkle coyote urine or raccoon eviction fluid (available from farm supply centers, hunting stores, and the Internet) on a rag and wedge it in above the damper. If none of these natural repellents are available, place a bowl containing a cup of ammonia on a footstool just under the damper. If needed, open the damper 1/8-inch. Most dampers are not airtight. Keep what deterrents you can in place 24 hours a day during a period of mild weather, and give the raccoons two to three nights to move out. On the night of departure there may be a lot of racket caused by the female raccoons frequent climbing up and down the chimney as she retrieves her young.

A commercially available chimney cap will prevent raccoons and other small animals from entering the chimney.

In urban areas, harassment techniques may not work owing to raccoons familiarity with humans. In such cases, call a wildlife damage control company and have them assess the situation (see Hiring a Wildlife Damage Control Company).

To make sure the eviction process was successful, shine a powerful flashlight down the chimney during the day and look for raccoons. Tap the chimney with a hard object and listen for any sounds of movement. If a young raccoon is left behind, it may be that the mother has abandoned it. In these rare cases it is best to hire a wildlife damage control company to remove the animal.

Once the raccoons are gone, promptly call a professional chimney sweep to remove any debris and to install a commercially designed and engineered chimney cap (homemade caps are often unsafe and may be a fire hazard). You can still have fires in your fireplace; however, the cap will keep raccoons and other wildlife out

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I got a PM from a seemingly helpful gent, which reads,

"I ran into that exact problem a month ago---Mom and two Kits---

I looked with my snake camera---"Sorry, call a trapper." I said.

Homeowner rousted them the next day using this advise from the trapper---

He said that Mom would bail out with the Kits if you sprinkle fresh male urine down the chimney-

He filled a bottle---sprinkled it in and waited---first mom and one Kit---next trip she got the other--

This better work---I just sprinkled an attic today with my special 'repellent'"


Does this seem plausible,
or is this fellow having a joke at my expense?

Thanks Again,
Uni
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