The Investigation Begins For Raccoon Damage On A Mason, Ohio Roof?

In Mason, Ohio, and beyond, raccoons create all manner of raccoon damage to homes throughout the year, especially when the colder weather arrives. No other wildlife critter other than attic destroying bats causes such havoc. Recently, Barnes Wildlife Control received a call from a Mason, Ohio homeowner who heard loud thumping and scratching noises on their roof just before sunrise. They assumed a few squirrels jumped on their roof, playing and chasing each other, which was not unusual.

When examining their roof that morning, the owners said they observed a large patch of shingles torn from one side of the roof, as well as a large jagged hole in one of their soffits. As elderly homeowners, they needed Barnes Wildlife Control’s expertise and requested we inspect the damage and access what wild critter caused the damage. In our opinion, they saw roof raccoon damage!

This roof damage did not happen from a squirrel. The usual suspect? A raccon eager to get in.

This roof damage did not happen from a squirrel. The usual suspect? Raccoon damage for sure!

Before we arrived at the Mason, Ohio home, we suspected the damage resulted from a raccoon and not a squirrel, given the extent of the described damage and the strength needed for ripping up nailed-down roof shingles in such a short time. Plus, the large hole in the soffit clued us in that possibly a female raccoon was on the early lookout to give birth to a litter of pups in March.

So it was time to pack up the truck and help this elderly Mason, Ohio couple and their potential raccoon damage.

Checking Out The Potential Raccoon Damaged On The Mason, Ohio Home

As we drove into the driveway of the Mason home, we could easily see the roof damage, and at that point, our hunch appeared correct about a raccoon wanting into the house for rent-free living.

After introducing ourselves to the couple, we threw up our ladders and examined the roof. Other than the shingles torn from the roof, we saw no further damage in the area other than scratch marks and some wood chewing.

Fortunately, solid wood with no visible signs of rotting made access difficult for a raccoon, let alone a squirrel.

Photo at Raccoon Damage Mason Ohio: This roof damage did not happen from a squirrel. The usual suspect? A raccoon eager to get in.
This rotted soffit will allow bats, squirrels, and raccoons accessible entrance into this home. In this case, increased raccoon damage occurred as well.

But, when we took a look at the damaged soffit, there was some rotting, and we could see a large part of it ripped out, creating an opening easily accessible by a determined raccoon. As an aside, we suggest you consider Barnes Wildlife Controls exterior home inspections because we locate any rotting wood, making for easy wildlife access as it did with this home’s rotting soffit.

Throwing some light on the inside of the soffit, we could see some raccoon feces, and the open area of the soffit appeared to lead into the attic. But, no raccoon sitting or sleeping on the inside of the soffit! We did the first part of our job and confirmed a raccoon entered this soffit. But was this a case of a raccoon getting into a Mason, Ohio attic? Only an attic inspection search for a raccoon would answer the question.

So, Was There A Raccoon In Attic? There Sure Was!

We spotted the first raccoon sign, raccoon feces, which sat on some fluffy white insulation. But, no raccoon appeared in the area of the raccoon poop, which is not unusual since raccoons choose one “bathroom” away from their nest.

It’s important to note that if you find raccoon poop in your attic or anyplace on your property, it often contains bacteria harmful to humans and roundworms that you don’t want your pets ingesting.

Suddenly, we heard a growl, and given our experience with raccoons, we knew we a raccoon felt threatened. As we moved the light towards the sound of the grow, there, she(we thought) sat squeezed into a corner.

So now we knew for sure: we found the suspected raccoon in the Mason, Ohio attic, and fortunately, we saw no raccoon damage other than the feces that we could easily clean then disinfect the insulation.

Given Barnes Wildlife Control’s extensive experience with raccoon trapping, we had a few ideas up our raccoon extraction sleeves for a “quick raccoon removal” that would not result in any raccoon damage due to a frantic critter.

Photo at Raccoon Damage Mason Ohio: Raccoon feces.
Photo at Raccoon Damage Mason Ohio: Raccoon hiding in the corner of an attic.

How We Trapped The Mason Ohio Attic Raccoon

We decided to try what we hoped would be a simple but effective approach strategy. Closing down the raccoon’s escape hatch, we quietly place a well-covered live trap in one area of the attic. But before placing the trap, we wanted to try our secret raccoon lure and bait potion.

Our favorite raccoon lure is Raccoon Whiskey, and our favorite bait is Berry Bandit. Both the lure and the bait have worked magic for us, so we were hoping the irresistible charm of the Raccoon Whiskey raccoon lure would lead the raccoon into the cage, then Berry Bandit’s raccoon bait would seduce it into an eating frenzy after the trap door fell.

Photo at Raccoon Damage Mason Ohio: Finally caught this raccoon with little effort in this case and minor raccoon damage.

Guess our strategy worked without more raccoon damage! Raccoon Whisky and Berry Bandit worked their magic!

We hoped our strategy with the bait would be one of those irresistible raccoon events. So we left the raccoon baited trap and would return the next day, hoping we would see no more raccoon damage and a successful Mason Ohio raccoon in the attic trapping.

And guess what? All’s well that ends well, as you can see in the photo above. We finalized the project by repairing the roof, repairing the soffit area, cleaning out the raccoon feces, and doing light insulation decontaminating.

Yes, all’s well that ends well for the lovely and grateful older couple and another job well done by the Barnes Wildlife Control team who can be easily reached by calling their friendly helpful office staff at (937) 340-1867. Look forward to hearing from you!