Raccoon Removal: Before They’re a Problem

Racoons Nov 1The little masked face of a raccoon is so adorable – until you see one knocking down your garbage cans and dragging the contents around your yard. Wild animals like skunks, squirrels, opossums and raccoons can seem cute but once they’ve claimed your property, they lose quite a lot of their appeal. All wildlife is beautiful but to keep your home and family safe as well as protect the welfare of the animal, you may need to call in a professional to relocate a problem critter.

Regardless of how sweet their little faces may be, wild animals like raccoons pose inherent problems when they get too close to people. Raccoons are not known for their high level of respect of your property. Your insulation will be pulled out for nesting materials, your garbage will be invaded for food and your porch will be coopted for living space. They can and will bite if they feel threatened. Rabies is an ever-present danger in these animals and raccoon droppings can transmit a nasty case of ringworm. We don’t even need to discuss the fleas.

A bite is usually a death sentence for a wild animal. If you or a member of your family is bitten and seeks treatment, the authorities will likely be notified and dispatched to find and terminate the animal to safeguard the public. It’s really in everyone’s best interest to move a raccoon before it becomes a problem.

Trapping and relocating an animal is not something that the average homeowner should attempt. (In many states, it’s not legal to trap any animal without the proper licensure.) The relocation process is stressful on the animal, even when performed perfectly. Cornering an animal is good way to get bitten. You might think a park would make the perfect home but there may be laws against leaving unwanted animal on public property. If you haven’t been diligent and tracked the animal back to its nest, you’ll never know if you trapped a mother and left her babies behind to starve. There are plenty of reasons to call in a pro.

A better method of dealing with wildlife is exclusion. Your local pest control professionals can help you implement methods to make your property a less likely spot for problematic wildlife to settle down. Here are a few tips they’re most likely to give you:

  • Eliminate all sources of food. Just like people, animal like real estate near good dining and grocery options. Cut off the food sources and they might relocate on their own. Don’t leave pet food unattended overnight. Get garbage can that seal tightly. Put squirrel baffles on your bird feeders. Use a compost barrel instead of a pile.
  • Limit the options for shelter. After food, the next thing wild animals are looking for is shelter. Most like dark, enclosed spaces with a few places to get in and out easily. The space underneath a porch or steps is an ideal den for many forms of wildlife. Use lattice to block these areas off completely (but be sure no one is living underneath it first). Cap your chimney and look for other points of entry like eaves.
  • Minimize the hiding and hunting places. Shrubs and larger trees are lovely additions to your landscape but they also give shelter to many wild animals. Raccoons will hunt grubs and bugs underneath shrubbery and use trees to gain access to your attic through the vents or eaves. Trim up the limbs and make sure they don’t overhang the roof.

If the local wildlife is becoming less picturesque and more of a pest, you should call your Ransford Pest Control specialists for help.


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