Raccoons, A True Nuisance

Most of us are all too familiar with raccoons. We hear about them and how carry rabies especially during the day when we are told they should not be out wandering and if they are they are rabid! We will discuss this more in detail further on the page.

But first, let’s give you a quick overview of raccoons, raccoon removal, control, prevention, and damage.

What are Raccoons?

Raccoons can be everywhere, in our garbage, eating our pet food and garden crops, rolling up turf sod, and damaging fascia boards, roofs, and attic vents.

Were you aware that raccoons are becoming increasingly more comfortable around humans?

And yes, they love our attics and chimneys too, especially when it’s time for the females to give birth. As these spaces provide comfort for them, the damage being done to the insulation and the home’s HVAC system can be severe.

Raccoons are typically not aggressive unless they are threatened. They can become dangerous if pets and children upset them.

Raccoon Damage

Raccoons tend to leave distinct tracts as to their whereabouts. They cause damage to crops, vegetable gardens, homes, and buildings. They will, on occasion, kill poultry on nests or roosts in chicken coups.

It is not uncommon for raccoons to destroy a roof to make its way into a wall space or attic. Once inside, they chew holes, damage wires and insulation, and spread their feces, leaving an unpleasant odor while posing a health risk to humans and pets.

Raccoon Removal

Removing raccoons must be done with trapping techniques. However, there are individualized steps that need to be taken for the removal to be a success.

The first step is to inspect the entire area to keep a litter of newborn raccoons that may be nearby safe.

As the traps are set, it is not as easy as it may sound. Raccoons will often dig and grab at anything making the trapping harder to achieve.

While the traps are in place, they must be monitored for activity. Once the raccoons are trapped, they must be removed from the property safely.

Raccoon Control and Prevention

Removal is only one part of the problem. Addressing why and how the raccoons accessed the area is essential. A full and accurate assessment is needed to come up with an effective prevention plan.

Exclusion services is the number one method to control and prevent their return.

Exclusion is the blocking and sealing off all points of entry.

Depending on the location of the raccoons, this process can be done before the removal or after. Timing is essential; blocking an entry point too early can trap the animal, not allowing it to get out.

Are You Seeing Signs?

As raccoons are persistent critters, they will tear through anything to find food and shelter, causing damage wherever they go. Do you see the signs? Do not hesitate to contact the Critter Detective for expert raccoon removal services before the damage becomes out of control resulting in a costly fix.

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Raccoons and Health Concerns

Raccoons can transmit several diseases to humans and pets. They are major carriers of distemper, parvo, rabies, and the roundworm parasite Baylisascaris procyonis.

Raccoons account for 50% of wild animals that have rabies. Rabies attacks the nervous system and can be fatal. A rabid raccoon will act strangely. They can be unusually aggressive, tame, and even paralyzed. Avoiding them is critical to reducing the risk of exposure to rabies. Since many of our pets spend much time outside, regular vaccinations are vital.

Now let’s address your concern that all raccoons out during the day are rabid. The answer is “no.” Although they are nocturnal, it’s not unusual for a raccoon to be active during the daytime. They just may not be tired or are hungry. When nursing their babies, female raccoons may need to search for extra food, especially during the spring.

Raccoon Roundworm is a dangerous parasite they can carry. Humans can contract this by accidently ingesting the roundworm eggs from the raccoons droppings. Small children playing in contaminated areas and adults working in those areas who have not washed their hands and put their hands in their mouth become susceptible.

Raccoon feces outside is most often around large rocks, woodpiles, fallen logs, at the base of trees, in barns, and sheds. When in these areas, the proper disinfecting of hands is crucial. And let’s not forget to mention that in the house when in lofts and attics the same must apply.


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