Ocean Township under siege by pesky raccoons

This baby raccoon and its mother were nesting inside a home in Ocean Township.

This baby raccoon and its mother were nesting inside a home in Ocean Township. (4/30/15)

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Exterminators in one Monmouth County town have been busy lately with raccoons.

Melissa Warar, of Ocean Township, had to call police after she heard noises coming from her attic.

"It sounded like someone was moving furniture and then I was watching TV in my room and I heard scratching at the door and heavy breathing,” she says.

When police arrived and opened the attic door, the officer found a raccoon staring back at him. The critter had burrowed its way inside the home.

Matt Mirando of Cowley’s Little Rascals animal control, showed up to capture the raccoons.

“I’m going to let him go,” Mirando says. “Fish and Game require us to do it a mile and a half away, so I’ll do that in a wooded area.”

The Warar family home isn’t the only one plagued by raccoons.  Exterminators report getting 15 to 20 calls a week to take care of raccoons.

According to animal experts, female raccoons are seeking warm shelter to give birth to their babies away safe from predators. Unfortunately, that can end up being the insulation inside attics.

Raccoons often get inside through vents or rotting pieces of wood. Experts say to cover holes with metal or mesh to prevent the animals from getting inside.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

A house in Manalapan caught fire after it 1 House catches fire on Dancer Lane in Manalapan
The owner of Jewelry Expo in Union Township 2 Sleight-of-hand thieves steal $10K worth of jewelry
On a busy Friday morning, just seconds before 3 Good Samaritan saves woman's life, gets robbed in Edison
Officials say the 15-year-old jumped off a ledge 4 Police save teen from drowning in Prospect Park
Here is the latest weather forecast in your 5 WC Morning WX

advertisement | advertise on News 12


It's good to know you have Walt Kane Kane in Your Corner

It's good to know you have Walt Kane in your corner.

News 12 takes a look at the hottest Tech Check

Eric Landskroner has a look at the latest gadgets and biggest stories in tech.

News 12 On the Scene

Check out these exclusive videos from New Jersey celebs!

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.