Pat Kennedy - Your Washington, DC Real Estate Connection


Hey! I want to go play with the raccoon in the attic!

For the last few days, Snowball, my beautiful blue-eyed kitty, has been going nuts.  There is a noisy raccoon in the attic.  And Snowball wants to do what he thinks is his job and scare the guy off.

Sorry, Snowball!  We called in the professionals!

Raccoon Doom (a.k.a. Adcock Trapping Service) dropped by to check the trap.  Smart coon! He hasn't gone near the thing.

I suggested that they just go up into the attic and get him, and the trapper looked at my like I was nuts.  Then he  told me that they didn't work weekends, and just in case he got caught in the trap, they didn't want the poor thing to have to sit there until they come back on Monday.  So they tied it open.

What?   What?  The raccoon isn't going to leave for the weekend! 

I work weekends! 

Right now, I am a little annoyed.  They are pampering this pest! Will I hold this against them when I write their Angie's List report?

The animal rights people have worked to pass some anti-cruelty laws.  The trappers have to remove the critters live, as a "family", if necessary, and relocate them to a new home.  My guy will go live at the 4-H camp facility somewhere in Montgomery County. 

But somehow, when I hear this creature lumbering around my attic doing who knows what, I want to get a gun



Comment balloon 15 commentsPatricia Kennedy • January 20 2012 07:49PM


OMG! We have problems with squirrels in our area; they eat wires and can cause a fire. I've not ever heard of a raccoon in the attic but have run into them under houses when I'm doing a home inspection.

Hope they caputre him so you can have some peace and quiet. 

Posted by Carl Winters almost 9 years ago

Sounds like my squirrel episode a couple of weeks ago...and no poisoning the luck capturing him either...luckily he went out the way he came in and the hole was sealed...raccoons are crafty ...i had a family of them in a barn once & the department of environmental management refused to help me...i needed to take matters into my own hands without hurting them i did entice them out- enticement works Pat.

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

Hi Patricia, Snowball is absolutely beautiful.  She will keep you posted to all of the noise in the attic this week-end.  Hopefully they get it out of there this week.

Posted by Judith Parker, CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC (ProStead Realty) almost 9 years ago

Pat  Would make a great cartoon -Not real life - I sympathize with you and hope you are rid of the coon soon


Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) almost 9 years ago

Send up the cat....that's their job. She'll work weekends, cheaper too. LOL. Amazing that they won't come out on a weekend, what if it was a coon emergency?

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) almost 9 years ago

I once had a flying squirrel in my attice.. how DO they get in! Glad you caught it.. and on to the enxt adventure.. I have squirrels in my outdoor a/c container... I hear theme very night.. and I am happy they are happy...but they are LOUD...


Posted by Gay E. Rosen, As Real as Real Estate Gets! (Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty) almost 9 years ago

Sounds like you need a hunter.  I did this at my parents home some years back.  The only hole I made was the one in the coon!

Posted by Vern Eaton, Realtor 651-674-7449 almost 9 years ago

We had a raccoon chase our cat right up onto our deck once. Luckily the cat fit under the gate and the racoon coudn't because he was a big and mean-looking guy! And our cat was no wimp... if he was scared, it was serious. Raccoons are nothing to mess around with.

Posted by Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs (Kelly Right Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

Pat, even when they get the raccoon out, there's still the issues of cleaning out their droppings because of the health hazard

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 ) almost 9 years ago

They don't work weekends?  Absurd!  But I still wouldn't send Snowball up....................

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) almost 9 years ago

They don't work week ends?  Oh, didn't Roger just say that?  My first thought anyway.  Our dogs were very upset to find out there were squirrels in the attic years ago.  All that effort outside, and here they were inside!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 9 years ago
We're being really careful to keep the cats and Willie out of the attic. The raccoon is at least three times the size of the big cat. We had a snowfall last night, and there are no paw prints on the verandah. And I can't hear him upstairs. Still, I'm not planning to venture up there to check on him. The raccoon needs a name. Any ideas?
Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) almost 9 years ago


Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 9 years ago

My parents had raccoons years ago... I have vague memories of deli-meat-gone-bad as the great enticer. It smelled god awful, but it worked.  I think I have a family of possums living out in my shed (along with some mice).  My dog, Willie, got swiped on the nose by one of them a few months back.  He still goes sniffing... dumb dog. Good luck, Pat!

Posted by Marcie Sandalow, Bethesda Chevy Chase DC real estate (Marcie Sandalow, Compass 301.758.4894 ) almost 9 years ago

Sounds like it maybe time to find a new trapper that works weekends or take the trap out yourself to your local politicians house since they seem to like the things alive. 


Posted by Todd Clark, Principle Broker Oregon (eXp Realty LLC) almost 9 years ago