A common problem in our region, raccoons can carry rabies and are known for being aggressive toward people and pets. These predators can cause serious damage with their sharp teeth and hind claws, and should be considered dangerous. In addition to presenting health risks, raccoons can cause thousands of dollars in damage to your home.
These nuisance animals are skilled at finding food sources – including pet food and trash – and routinely return to these locations. Raccoons are highly intelligent and have good memories; they can even remember how to solve tasks for up to three years. Once a raccoon seeks shelter inside your home, other raccoons may follow. Raccoons like to seek shelter in dens where other raccoons currently live or have previously lived. As a result, raccoons are especially hard to get rid of.
Signs of a Raccoon Problem
Though raccoons are mostly nocturnal, they are occasionally seen scavenging for food during daylight. They are easily identified by their “bandit’s mask,” or black fur around their eyes which contrasts sharply with their surrounding white facial fur. From behind, they are distinguishable by their bushy tails with light and dark alternating rings.
If you spot a raccoon on your property or if your trash has been ransacked, check for signs of raccoon activity inside your home. Some key signs of a raccoon problem are stains from urination and droppings, tunnels, chewed insulation, bite marks on insulation pipes and electrical wiring that has been chewed.
Raccoons are seen year round but are most active during mating season in late January to mid March. You are more likely to have a raccoon problem in your home in early summer, when raccoons look for dens in which to have cubs. Raccoons in rural areas often build dens in tree hollows and rock crevices, but in more urban areas raccoons are known to seek shelter in attics and garages.
Get Rid of Raccoons
If you have a raccoon problem, it is crucial to safely rid your home of raccoons as quickly as possible. Never attempt to capture a wild raccoon on your own. Our licensed and trained professionals use safe and humane trapping techniques to remove raccoons and relocate them into the wild far away from your property. In addition to removing the raccoons, we will recommend implement exclusion strategies to prohibit further raccoon infestations, and clean up any mess left behind by the raccoons.