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Encouraging an Animal to Leave Your Attic
The animal living in your attic chose the space because it is a dark, warm, and quiet place to spend the day or raise a family. Follow these three steps to encourage the animal to find a new home.
You will need:
Step 1: Make the attic smell unpleasant.
Soak a rag in ammonia and place it in a container. Pour extra ammonia in the container and place it in the attic. Use enough ammonia that the aroma is unpleasant but not so strong that it will kill the animal.
Step 2: Make the attic bright.
Hang a portable light in the attic using a high wattage bulb. Leave the light on 24 hours a day. The bright light will make the animal feel insecure because potential predators can see it and cause it harm. It also makes it hard for the animal to sleep, so the animal will search for a darker and safer location.
Step 3: Invade the attic with loud human voices.
Place a radio in the attic tuned to a talk radio station. Raise the volume so that the sound reaches the entire attic. Wild animals do not want to be around people, and by providing constant human voices, you make the attic a scary place. Note: Don’t play music. Only the sounds of talking will scare the animals.
You have now eliminated every reason the wild animal chose your attic. It is now a smelly, bright, and noisy place. The animal must find a new home.
If it is a mother with young babies, it isn’t easy to create a new nest in one night. Give the mother 3 to 4 days to move all her babies. Once all the animals have left, secure all entry points to prevent a new animal from moving in.
Myths About Nuisance Wildlife
Myth: It's okay to hand feed or tame a wild animal.
Myth: Removing nuisance wildlife will solve the problem for good.
Myth: It is best to relocate wildlife into the woods.
Myth: It is unusual for wildlife to come out during the day and if they do, they likely have rabies.
Myth: A drooling opossum has rabies.
Healthy Nuisance Wildlife Removal
The removal of healthy nuisance wildlife is typically handled by the residents themselves, or by professional, private wildlife trappers.
Local wildlife trappers:
**Note: TPAS is not recommending any trapper listed, but merely providing the information as a public convenience.
Anyone interested in becoming a licensed wildlife trapper can find information at wlf.louisiana.gov.
View the LDWLF guidance and laws regarding citizen trapping and relocating before purchasing/setting a trap and/or relocating wildlife.
Sick/Injured/Orphaned Wildlife Removal
Well-meaning people often attempt to rescue small animals they think are abandoned. However, many of these animals are taken from completely normal situations. You can find information about orphaned/injured wildlife on the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries website.
For sick/injured/orphaned wildlife, contact a wildlife rehabilitator.
Local wildlife rehabilitators:
**Note: TPAS is not recommending any rehabilitators listed, but merely providing the information as a public convenience.
Anyone interested in becoming a licensed wildlife rehabilitator can find information at wlf.louisiana.gov.
Found a baby bird and don’t know what you should do? Find more information in the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Baby Bird guide on what you should do.
Found a baby mammal and don’t know what you should do? Find more information in the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Baby Mammal guide on what you should do.
Emergency Wildlife Removal Response
If a rehabilitator is not available to assist with sick/injured/orphaned wildlife or wildlife in the primary living space of a residence (not the attic, garage, etc.), close all doors in the area to confine the animal, then contact Terrebonne Parish Animal Control at (985) 873-6709.
For more information, please call (985) 873-6709 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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