Is it likely that the raccoons in my (parents') attic will fall through the ceiling and into the house? And what to do in self-defense? I'm scared!
My parents heard animal (almost certainly raccoon) noises in the attic 24 hours before they left for a week-long vacation and they asked me to watch the house until the pest control people come tomorrow morning (8-10 hours from now).
Last night I slept with my boyfriend upstairs in a bedroom near the front of the house and we heard them shuffling about loudly at 5am. I was startled, but not too scared because I was with a braver person.
Tonight I am alone and too scared to sleep upstairs. The only place downstairs with a place to sleep is on the couch, but there isn't a door on the room.
I read this
website and it seems that sometimes (not rarely) raccoons will fall through the ceiling into the house.
Question 1: is this really likely?
The house is in Whitby, ON, about 17 years old; the ceiling has a bumpy finish and it sounds like drywall when I tap it (I don't think it's solid wood). To my knowledge there is no structural damage and the roof was replaced <3 yrs ago.
Question 2: what can I do to feel safe enough to sleep in this room without a door?
I have shut all the upstairs bedroom doors, thinking that will contain them if they fall into the house, but there are no barriers should they fall into the open areas (stairs/landing). What can I do to secure my room?
I have the lights on in the adjoining kitchen... should I leave the lights on where I'm sleeping? I understand that raccoons prefer dark areas. I also have a broom nearby in case of combat. What else?
(I know this sounds crazy, but I am really nervous! Please don't make fun of me.)