What do Raccoons look like?
Adult raccoons weigh an average of 15 pounds and are most recognized by the black “mask” on their face. They have reddish-brown to gray fur on their bodies and alternating rings on their tails.
What are the signs of Raccoons?
Raccoons are mainly active at night. Their diet often consists of fruit, nuts, garden vegetables, berries, small animals and insects. They will also eat pet food and garbage. Raccoons often invade homes in order to find safe, warm shelter in which to breed. Common places to find raccoon dens include attics, crawl spaces and under decks as well as inside walls and chimneys. Raccoons begin reproducing during the winter months and give birth in the spring.
What Damage do Raccoons cause?
Raccoons will invade homes in order to find warm shelter in the colder months. Raccoons that enter your home could cause damage to insulation for nesting. They could also damage electrical wires and ventilation throughout your home. This could lead to fires.
How do you prevent Raccoons?
Ways to prevent raccoons from entering your home include:
- Installing a chimney cap to remove an entry point.
- Trimming branches that hang over the roof.
- Repairing any holes in the roof or elsewhere on the exterior that would allow a raccoon to squeeze in.
- Do not leave pet food outside overnight.
- Do not let outdoor trash cans overflow and make sure to secure the lids (raccoons have nimble fingers so make sure they cannot access it).
- If you see a raccoon enter your home, do not seal it or they will be trapped inside.
How do I get rid of Raccoons?
If you discover a raccoon in the attic or even a litter of babies without their mother, do not touch these animals. It is also not safe to touch items contaminated by raccoon urine and feces. Contamination can cause a type of roundworm known as Baylisascaris.
Can Raccoons hurt me?
Raccoons are wild animals and may become aggressive if cornered or threatened. As a result, they may bite, scratch and cause bodily harm. Rabies, salmonella, and Leptospirosis are spread to humans and other animals by direct contact with raccoons or contact with their urine and feces. Baylisascaris is an infection caused by a roundworm contained in raccoon excrement. The roundworm eggs are often found inside raccoon droppings and if ingested by humans can cause severe damage to the nervous system or death.
What to Expect when Suburban Exterminating Arrives
Suburban Exterminating technicians start by conducting a thorough inspection of your property to identify the critter and how they’re getting in. Once we’ve assessed the situation, a wildlife removal specialist will suggest habitat modifications and provide a written estimate for necessary animal exclusions and damage repair work that should be performed to prevent future incidents. At Suburban Exterminating, we rely on animal trapping and implement exclusion methods to remove the animal and to prevent them from returning. Schedule your free estimate or contact us to discuss your wildlife problem. We can also help you to clean up after raccoons have been removed.