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Expert scavengers, raccoons can cause thousands of dollars in damage to your home or business with their sharp teeth and hind claws. 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 like to seek shelter in dens where other raccoons currently live or once lived, which can make getting rid of raccoons especially difficult.
It’s very rare to see raccoons out in the daylight as they are nocturnal creatures. Adults are typically two to three feet in length with a bushy, ringed tail. Their fur is a mixture of gray and black, and they are perhaps best known for the dark black “mask” over their eyes, which make them look like robbers from an old silent movie. This is fitting, because they are very sneaky and excellent at stealing their food from humans and other animals – they’ll even snatch birds’ eggs right from the nest!
If your trash cans have been ransacked, you may have a raccoon problem. Other signs include:
Raccoons are seen in our region year-round, but you are most likely to have a raccoon problem in your home in early summer when raccoons look for dens where they can have a litter of cubs. Raccoons in rural areas often build dens in tree hollows or rock crevices, but urban raccoons don’t have that luxury. Instead, they seek shelter in attics, under decks, and in garages.
While they may look cute, raccoon removal is a dangerous and tricky process. They are a major carrier of rabies in Virginia and the eastern United States, so you should never attempt to capture a wild raccoon on your own. Your best bet is to prevent them from accessing food and shelter by using animal-proof lids on garbage containers, or simply storing them indoors. Make sure to inspect the outside of your home for obvious cracks, crevices, and other potential access points raccoons could use to gain entry.
Your best bet to get rid of raccoons is to call the experts at Connor’s. Our licensed and trained professionals use safe and humane trapping techniques to remove and relocate raccoons. We will also implement exclusion strategies such as installing mesh coverings over chimneys and vents to prevent further infestations, and we’ll clean up any mess left behind.
To schedule your free, no-obligation raccoon inspection, call us at (703) 321-0400 or schedule online today.