Raccoons are one of the most commonly seen nuisance animals. They are big, make a lot of noise, and are not scared to live in urban areas. They cause a wide variety of problems for homeowners, so it is important that they are removed in an expedient manner. Continue reading to learn more about raccoons and how to get rid of them.
Why should I remove raccoons?
For the most part, raccoons are known for the messes they make. When it comes to ravaging trash cans, unsecured pet food, and virtually any other source of food, raccoons take the cake. They also destroy all kinds of property, from wooden structures to any small animals you may own. For example, if you have any kind of fowl, raccoons will eat them all as quickly as they can. Another example includes any small pets, as raccoons may try to hurt them very severely. Finally, any gardens or fruit trees you may have may also be ravaged by the raccoon, as they love easy food sources.
The raccoon is more commonly known for its property damage, but you should be aware that raccoons cause very serious health risks to you and your family. Everyone knows that raccoons are carriers of rabies and many other illnesses that can seriously harm or even kill humans. This makes them very dangerous to have around for both humans and other pets you may have. As if the rabies risk was not enough, raccoon feces are host to many different potentially deadly diseases, such as raccoon roundworm, and of course E. coli bacteria. These are very serious viruses and bacteria that can seriously harm or kill you, your family, and your pets. This is why it is so important to remove raccoons quickly.
How can I prevent raccoons?
The most simple way to keep raccoons away from your house and property is by getting rid of food sources that provide raccoons an easy meal. One of the easiest steps to take is to keep your pet’s food out of reach of raccoons. Another easy step is to secure your trash so that it does not allow raccoons access. Finally, remember to pick up any fallen berries or other fruits from bushes and trees, as those are an easy meal. Now it comes to actually secure your home from raccoons. You are looking for any potential entry points for a raccoon, so pay special attention to any large holes or cracks. A favorite method of repairing these cracks and holes is to affix aluminum sheeting over the entry point.
How do I remove raccoons?
Since raccoons are large and far easier to find than pests like mice and rats, it seems like something any homeowner could do. It turns out it is a little more complicated than simply removing the animals with a cage trap. The issue with removing raccoons on your own involves the habits of mother raccoons. In many cases, a raccoon that gets into your attic will be a mother looking for a warm place to raise her young. If the babies are not mature yet, removing the mother by trapping her will make the baby raccoons die slow deaths. Not only will this cause health risks from dead animals, but it also will cause an awful odor. Considering the fact that most attic raccoons are mothers, it is recommended that wildlife removal services are hired so that they can retrieve the babies as well. It is important to understand that wildlife control companies have done this hundred of times and will remove the mother and babies while keeping you and your family safe from any health risks.
What to Do If You Have Raccoon in the Attic
Most commonly associated with dumpster diving, raccoons often find their way into homes and attics. When inside, they’re protected from predators, they’ve got plenty of warmth, and there’s even food available in the trash cans downstairs. Little wonder it’s commonplace for raccoons to make them their home. In most cases, a female raccoon and her litter are the cause. Obviously, that complicates the situation. But with raccoons, like all wild animals, being a vector for disease and destruction, the sooner you remove the raccoons, the better.
So, if you hear a thud in the night, if your attic is full of scratching and growling noises, or you smell a strange animal smell, think raccoon.
For most homeowners, this realization is a daunting prospect. What do you do? How should you react? These questions likely race through your mind.
There’s a simple solution, however. Hire a professional from Elite Wildlife Solutions. We have years of experience dealing with raccoon removal and even tackling and cleaning up the aftermath. You don’t need to battle on alone; give us a call. But before you do that, have a read through the advice below.
Locate the entry point
The first task should always be to find how they got in. That’s likely a hole somewhere in the attic or house. Raccoons are larger than other rodents, but they can still squeeze through surprisingly small holes. Therefore, don’t rule out any potential entry points. If it’s larger than three inches in circumference, a raccoon could make use of it.
Inspect the entire outside of your property, noting down all the entryways you find. It can help to get onto the roof to conduct the inspection – that’s where hiring a professional becomes essential.
Close the openings
After you’ve located all the entry points, you’ll need to close them off. Wire mesh is the most often candidate, being cheap and easy to fit. All you need is a pair of wire cutters and a staple gun. Smaller holes can be filled with foam, but only if air circulation isn’t an important consideration.
Remember to leave one remaining hole as their sole exit. Preferably, this should be their favorite or most frequently used exit.
Remove the raccoons
Finally, it’s time to evict the raccoons. There are a few possible options.
Making a lot of noise will get rid of a lone raccoon living inside your attic. It must be continuous and annoying enough that it will cause the raccoon to leave. Even a mother raccoon may grab their babies and make for an exit. Albeit this is less likely than for only one raccoon.
Other options include using repellents such as ammonia-soaked tennis balls or strobe lighting, triggering a raccoon to leave.
Alternatively, using a cage trap with a bait inside (such as meat or fruit) can work effectively. The raccoons walk into the cage, which hits the mechanism causing the cage to shut. Remember, if you’ve caught a female raccoon, her babies are likely nearby.
If you use a cage, you’ll need to release the raccoon and her offspring far from the house. That can be easier done when using a professional who’ll have experience catching and releasing raccoons.
Therefore, get in touch with us here at Elite Wildlife Solutions. We’ll also provide key tips such as correctly storing garbage, decreasing the risk of a repeat occurrence. Don’t try to deal with a raccoon infestation alone. Let us help.
Why Hire Elite Wildlife Solutions?
Elite Wildlife Solutions is proud to be one of the best options for removing raccoons in our service area of Alpharetta, Canton, and Cartersville, Georgia. Raccoons require a large amount of experience and knowledge to successfully remove, and we have tons of nuisance raccoon experience. Our focus on ethically removing raccoons is a high priority to us. Consider hiring Elite Wildlife Solutions, as we not only remove animals and exclude wildlife, but we also offer other services, such as pressure washing, small handyman repairs, rodent control, crawlspace cleanouts, small insulation jobs, gutter cleanout, insulation installation, and many other services. Call Elite Wildlife Solutions if you have a raccoon problem and want it gone.