Raccoons Break Through the Soffit Return To Invade Home in Roosevelt, NJ

Our Little Rascals team is at a home in Roosevelt, NJ, to safely remove a raccoon from the property. After a thorough inspection, we determined that the raccoon had ripped apart the soffit returns on the home and infested the attic. A soffit return, also known as an eave return or cornice return, is a architectural detail that occurs when the horizontal cornice of a roof connects to the rake of a gable. It's a feature of Neoclassical architecture where the roof eave on a gable end comes down to a point, then doubles back briefly.

In order to safely retrieve the raccoon, we installed a one-way device over the soffit returns and then temporarily enclosed the areas off with hardware cloth. We also setup several baited devices nearby. The one-way will allow the raccoon to safely leave the area, but is designed to prevent it from getting back in. After a short period of time, we had successfully retrieved the raccoon and relocated it to a new, humane location.

Before we left the home, we fashioned several pieces of sturdy metal flashing and installed them over the two soffit returns to prevent any future raccoons, as well as any other nuisance wildlife, from infesting the home. 

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