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There is something VERY LARGE and alive in my ceiling... how do I make it go away?

Asked by delirium (13669points) March 11th, 2008

I don’t know what it is. Its huge. We live in a three story colonial style house that was built fourty years ago at the least. I sleep on the top floor and there’s something thudding about above my head.

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Randy's avatar

more than likely its a racoon. You can buy a live trap, put some tuna in there and release it after its caught. If you don’t wanna mess with it you could always call a pest removal service.

TheHaight's avatar

that’s scary…! What does it look like? Just a shadow?

delirium's avatar

Sound. Thudding.

Randy's avatar

I swear, nine times outta ten…..coon. They can get to an almost unbelievable size. Wait, where are you at?

andrew's avatar

if it is a racoon, good luck. They are the most evil things alive. And I’ve punched one with my fist.

andrew's avatar

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Randy's avatar

Punched one with your fist!?!?!?!? Wow that’s hardcore. Those things are very mean. Your lucky you still have an arm.

@ delirium trust me on the live trap deal. It doesnt hurt the animal and its the best way to avoid contact but get rid of it.

Randy's avatar

Oh! But run when you open the trap to free it!!!!

squirbel's avatar

squirbel’s innocent :)

Johntomo2's avatar

How weird, I’ve got the exact same problem. It sounds like its in the attic but every time I go up there, there’s no sign of anything. However on close inspection of the eaves yesterday I can see the lead has been bent back and I’ m convinced it’s a squirrel making a nest and storing nuts ,after all its virtually spring and the mating season. You’ll probably have to get a ladder as its nesting in the wall cavity as opposed to in the house.

jrpowell's avatar

Is it OK if I actually answer the question? At your local home repair shop they will sell you a strobe light made to get rid of the squirbels in your attic.

sndfreQ's avatar

Rodent of some ilk…if you’re not up to trapping, contact a home pest remover; if you rent, your landlord should be doing this…LMAO at this thread btw :) thanks all, needed that.

Mtl_zack's avatar

when I first saw this thread, I thought of something right out of Edgar allan Poe. A large beast tormenting you while you sleep? Its maybe your imagination

beenzy7's avatar

The noise is either a family of mice or a raccoon

Angelina's avatar

Ok, seriously? Call a pest control company. They specialize in stuff like this. Don’t try to get rid of it yourself—you don’t want to be touching wild animals.

iSteve's avatar

Or call your local animal control center. They will usually perform removals free of charge and do so humanely. Good luck! Geez, how annoying!!!

gailcalled's avatar

To answer the question, a large Havahart trap will catch a squirrel, chipmunk, or red squirrel. For raccoons, get a pro before you have the raccoon luxury condos up there.

Thesilvertiger's avatar

I think its a bird. Tweet anybody?

delirium's avatar

It is not a bird. Its…. much bigger than a bird. Dad promises to make it go away by the time I get back from spring break.

bulbatron9's avatar

When I was in high school, I caught a opossum, and took it for a ride in my truck. That was one mean little bugger. Is it obvious that I used to make poor decisions? If that thing would have bit my buddy or me….............................

Spargett's avatar

I love raccoons.

We gotta stop all the opposable thumb on opposable thumb crime.

imhellokitty's avatar

There should be some kind of “wild life rescue” company in your area. Call them. These people will trap the coon in a humane way and release it somewhere else. If you try to take care of this yourself – you will get hurt, and most likely will have to get rabies shots.

meowsamantha's avatar

call an exterminator!

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rygobus's avatar

A raccoon or an opossum either way hire a animal removal company. Be sure to find the place where it is getting in and secure it or another will move in! Good luck! There is more help available “home repair“

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