How Do Raccoons Damage Attics?

In our 20+ years of experience, we’ve removed our fair share of animal intruders and seen our fair share of attics. Over the years, some of the worst attics we’ve seen have been inhabited by furry masked bandits, raccoons. They may be on the smaller side, but they sure are mighty.

One thing you can’t accuse raccoons of being is lazy. These determined, surprisingly strong little critters get right to work renovating once they move in. But believe me, raccoons don’t have the same end goals for their renovations that you and I do. Raccoons destroy attics by:

  • using their claws to rip apart ductwork (bye bye, A/C!), insulation, and drywall.
  • chewing on electrical wires and cables (these troublemakers are sometimes responsible for electrical fires).
  • moving insulation around, burrowing in it, and trampling it.
  • ripping up flashing (hello, leaks!), vents, soffits, and other materials to gain access.
  • defecating and urinating wherever they please.
  • bringing in fleas and parasites.

They’re also capable of ripping holes in walls or ceilings. Nasty little guys aren’t they?

Of course, the destruction isn’t limited to the attic. Having a raccoon in your home can be a major disruption to your life, as well as a health hazard and a threat to you and your pets, as these critters oftentimes carry rabies, parasites, and fleas, and can be aggressive when they feel threatened. Additionally, raccoons choose to remodel attics at all hours, including those when you’d rather be sleeping than listening to the thump, thump of footsteps.

Unfortunately, a raccoon doesn’t need much time to do a lot of damage, which is why it’s so important that raccoon intruders be dealt with swiftly and professionally.

Has Your Attic Been Destroyed? Let Us Help!

Here at Bat Removal & Prevention, we believe our job is only half done if we remove the animal but leave you with a messy, damaged, and hazardous home. That’s why we proudly offer attic restoration services to our neighbors throughout the great state of Michigan. We work with homeowners’ insurance companies and are a preferred contractor of many insurance companies, so if you live in Michigan and raccoons have ravaged your attic, we can help.

Finding out that you have a raccoon-riddled and raided attic can be emotionally draining, but we’re here to make sure it isn’t financially draining as well.

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We’re Construction Experts & Animal Experts

We’re licensed builders with decades of construction experience and an understanding of proper building techniques and practices, but we also have the advantage of understanding wildlife and how they access attics. This unique perspective allows us to offer attic restoration work that’s not only effective at restoring your home, but that’s also effective at keeping it protected against animal intruders in the future. From removing animal waste and disinfecting the space to repairing damaged drywall, replacing insulation, installing new ductwork, and animal-proofing your attic, there’s no attic restoration project we can’t take care of quickly and professionally.

To learn more about what’s included in our attic restoration services, check out our Full Attic Restorations page — and when you’re ready to have your attic restored and get your home back to normal, give us a call at 248-403-8167 or fill out our online appointment request form.


Hopefully, you’ll never have to experience how bats damage attics, but, if you do, our attic restoration crews are ready to help you fix the damage.

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