Raccoons and Other Wildlife in Your Home
People often assume wildlife control and pest control are synonymous; however, in many states, different licenses are required because the treatment is so different.
To relocate an animal, permission from the state’s gaming department is almost always needed, usually in writing. Furthermore, before relocation can occur, the animal needs to be trapped (very different from exterminated). Exterminating includes the use of pesticides while animal control simply includes exclusion techniques. Oftentimes, raccoons need to be released twenty or thirty miles from where they were trapped to ensure they do not return. However, when placed in a vastly different environment, many animals don’t survive, so more humane forms of treatment are available.
How Suburban Exterminating Can Help
Many exterminating companies will outsource their wildlife business. They send the calls to other businesses that deal exclusively with animal issues. Suburban Exterminating, however, does it all, so call (516) or (631) 864-6900.
A Real Long Island Problem
Long Islanders have recently complained about raccoons. Particularly, we received a Plainview complaint, saying, “We have a raccoon visiting our premises.”
Furthermore, a Merrick story made the paper. Resident Robert Elan said that he sought help on two occasions to deal with the raccoon, but either the police nor health department did anything. The police only respond after an individual has been bitten or scratched, and the health department recognizes raccoons as wildlife, and they are such protected.
Raccoons are a big problem on Long Island, and we receive a lot of calls to control the issue. First, it’s important to understand what raccoons eat – everything. They eat animals and plants, and though they love corn, they’ll eat pretty much everything you have to offer. They’re often found raiding chicken coops and eating the eggs after killing the fowls. They will also break into food stores on many occasions. Most of our calls, however, consist of raccoons in garbage cans. For this, it’s important to keep cans sealed and sturdy. Keep them clean.
While raccoons are easily trapped, they are also territorial animals. Therefore, after one raccoon is extracted, another will just take its place. This is where a professional exterminator can help – they know how to keep all pests away after getting rid of the current ones.
Raccoons indoors are a bit more difficult to deal with. They can be found in any rooms of unoccupied buildings, wall spaces, chimneys, or attics. In fact, a raccoon only needs a hole with a two-inch radius to climb through. Also, you should investigate if you hear chirping sounds (which is a sign of young raccoons) or screaming/crying (which is a sign of raccoon mating).
A Little Trick
Coyote urine will often get rid of female raccoons and their young because they want to protect their babies. Otherwise, repellents for raccoons usually don’t work.
What if I DON’T Get Rid of the Wildlife?
Aside from doing structural damage to the home, raccoons can also carry rabies, distemper, and a deadly roundworm parasite (Baylisascaris procyonis), so it’s important to remove these wildlife as soon as they’re presence is detected.