Why do I have a Raccoon problem?
Raccoons can be found living in both urban and rural areas, they will invade homes and properties that provide them with sources of food, water, and shelter. Most commonly, they forage for food in unsecure trash cans and eat leftover pet food.
When the weather cools down in the late fall raccoons have been known to enter into homes in order to find a safe warm place to den and spend the winter in. If a raccoon has made your home their home you will typically find them in attic spaces, chimneys, crawl spaces, behind walls voids, and under decks and porches. Once the warm weather arrives they generally move back outdoors.
How do raccoons get inside?
Raccoons are very crafty and get into homes in a variety of ways. They will take advantage of any tiny hole that they can make bigger to create an entrance with. They come in through ductwork, roof soffits, and chimneys. They can create openings through screens and siding, and will dig through the underneath of decks and porches.
How do I know if I have raccoons in the house?
When raccoons come into homes they often make their entrance very noticeable; they can tear through and create unsightly holes in screens, siding, and soffits. Seeing their entrance is sometimes the first sign of an unwanted guest. Along with creating openings in the outside of your home they often leave a trail of muddy footprints behind. If raccoons are in your home you will most likely discover that your trash is being dug through on a nightly basis.
Inside your home you may hear running or scratching noises above your ceiling or behind your walls, thumping on your roof and hear growling noises. Often, if you have dogs, they can become upset and bark.
Are raccoons dangerous?
Yes, raccoons are dangerous. Raccoons leave behind large amounts of urine and feces inside your house and they have the ability to spread a variety of diseases. They are known to be a common carrier of rabies. They can become very aggressive when they feel threatened or cornered and will bite or scratch. They will also cause a lot of damage to the structure of your home and once inside will damage personal items.
How do I get rid of raccoons?
Raccoon removal and control should be left up to a professional wildlife control expert. These are wild animals and can become aggressive, so do-it-yourself removal of raccoons from your home or property is NEVER recommended and is very dangerous.
At Allgood Pest Solutions we can safely remove raccoons through our Nuisance Wildlife Management Program. Our technicians will humanely trap (and release back into the wild whenever possible) the raccoons from your home. We will then inspect your home to find and seal all possible entry points to prevent future problems with raccoons.
For more information about our Nuisance Wildlife Management Program contact Allgood Pest Solutions today!