Seasonal Raccoon Control
Fall is really here and winter is close on its heels. It won’t be long before we’re shoveling our way out of the drive and bundling up for even a quick trip from the front door to the mailbox. The cold weather is coming and with it a whole host of seasonal pest problems.
Cold weather sends us all scurrying for a warm place to settle in for the winter. Keeping warm and dry becomes serious business. For you that might mean a good parka and a series of layers or some new snow boots. For an animal, it means locating a nesting site that will survive the season undisturbed. They’ll use this next to ride out the worst of the weather. They will also store food, sleep, eat and reproduce there. That’s all well and good until you realize that nesting site is inside your home.
Vermin like rats, mice, squirrels and raccoons are notorious for finding their way into crawl spaces, attics and eaves in order to build nests. Raccoons can be especially persistent and difficult to remove. Raccoons are the “cutest” of the lot and their good looks are often a good disguise.
Their cute little masked faces hide a tenacious pest who is perfectly willing to make you house his home. They are also willing to scratch and bite if they feel threatened or cornered. They’ll steal your pet’s food indoors and out and aren’t afraid to fight your pet for a meal.
Garbage cans aren’t safe with raccoons around. A single raccoon has no trouble tipping over a standard outdoor can and will spread the contents over your whole yard and carry the choicest bits back to their nest. Imagine what a family unit can accomplish! If that’s not bad enough, they can carry rabies as well.
Raccoon have great memories and are very adept at navigating through your eaves or screens. Their paws are like tiny, dexterous hands with sharp claws that will tear up your insulation in search of nesting materials. One of the few methods of treating this pest control problem is trapping and removal.
Since these animals are rather nasty when cornered, you should never attempt to trap and remove then yourself. (In some states, trapping any animal without a special trapping license is illegal!) A professional can help you create a plan to trap existing animals and exclude any relatives that might come back around later.
Integrated pest management techniques are particularly important to employ when dealing with raccoon removal. Getting rid of the current problem is only one facet of treatment. You want to make sure you don’t continue to attract more raccoons and their ilk. You’ll also need to find their access points and block them from reentry after they’ve been removed.
Talk to an experienced pest control professional to find out how you can keep raccoons from making their next nest in your home.