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What You Need to Know about Raccoons and Raccoon Pest Control

It’s important to remember that raccoons are wild animals and can be confrontational if backed into a corner. On this page, we’re happy to share useful information about raccoons, including things to avoid, advice, interesting facts, concerns about infestations, and tips for getting rid of raccoons. 

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Raccoons are wild animals, not pets, and even “tamed” are extremely high maintenance and require an experienced, knowledgeable guardian.

 

Trapping & Removal of Raccoons

Raccoon removal services are important because raccoons can cause considerable amounts of damages to your home in very little time. They can destroy almost anything including soffits with their dexterous human-like hands. It is unsafe to allow raccoons to live in your home. Raccoon feces is very hazardous and should also be cleaned up when found in the attic.

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Raccoons are nocturnal, which means they sleep during the day. They are excellent climbers. In natural settings, they like to find a spot high up in a tree to spend the day.

 

Raccoon Damages

Raccoon damage is easily recognizable, from torn items to feces in your home or attic. They may even make their way into your chimney. Unfortunately, raccoons are clever and tend to cause damage during the nighttime. There are no products that are completely effective in keeping them out of your attic, and it’s impossible to keep them out of your yard altogether. The only guaranteed way to stop raccoon damage is to trap and remove them from the area.

Wildlife control professionals agree that there is no material that can successfully keep raccoons out of your attic. Even if you patch up any entry holes, raccoons are resourceful and will find another way in if they want to. They are even capable of tearing through a roof if they are determined enough. Therefore, the only solution is to trap and remove the raccoons causing the damage.

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Raccoon Roundworm 

It is not safe to have raccoons in your attic because they can carry various diseases and parasites. Among these diseases, raccoon roundworm poses the highest risk of contraction. According to the CDC, the roundworms found in raccoons can infect people and other animals, and can even be fatal in severe cases. The roundworm parasite is found in raccoon feces, where microscopic eggs can be absorbed through the skin upon contact. Raccoons can also cause other diseases.

 

Raccoons In The Attic

Having raccoons living in your attic is a common issue that many homeowners face. While there are health concerns associated with raccoon infestations, the damage they cause is often the most expensive factor. The typical damage caused by raccoons in the attic includes burrowing through insulation and leaving droppings everywhere. However, the more hazardous damage is caused by them tearing through electric wiring, which can create a fire hazard.

Raccoons In The Chimney

Raccoons can also make their way into your chimney, as they are known for being able to get through just about anything. A mother raccoon will see an uncapped chimney as a perfect place to give birth to and raise her young until they are old enough to fend for themselves. They often prefer the fireplace chimney because of its convenient size and the horizontal “smoke shelf” that allows them to nestle with their kits. However, they may also use the chimney venting a furnace.

Professional raccoon removal companies have specially made chimney traps to capture raccoons inside the chimney. Alternatively, the raccoons can be smoked out by starting a small fire and then caught with a snare pole at the top. Once the raccoons are gone, it’s essential to install a galvanized steel chimney cap to keep them out long-term.

COMMON DAMAGE DONE BY RACCOONS

 

  1. Ripping Open Soffits (Creating Attic Ventilation Issues.)
  2. Ripping Gable Vents To Pieces (Allowing Birds & Other Animals In.)
  3. Tearing Holes Through Roof (Going Through Shingles & Plywood!)
  4. Burrowing & Compacting Insulation (Destroying The R-Value Of Insulation.)
  5. Destroying Duct Ventilation (Disrupting Airflow Through Fan Vents.)
  6. Pooping On Roof & In The Attic (Producing Bad Odor & Stains.)
  7. Tearing Apart Electrical Cords (Creating A Fire Hazard Threat.)
  8. Tearing Apart Baffles In Attic (Causes Insulation To Fall Into Soffit.)
  9. Opening Holes In Ceilings (Potentially Coming Into Living Quarters.)
  10. Urinating On Drywall (Causing Yellow Stains On Ceilings.)

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