Raccoon Pest Control

Call a Certified Raccoon Pest Control Specialist

Raccoons are intelligent, curious, brazen at times, and even appear to be cute and cuddly. Make no mistake, raccoons are not domesticated like a cat or dog, they are wild animals. Raccoons are known to carry rabies and parasites. These seemingly friendly land mammals have sharp teeth and claws and will get nasty if they are cornered by a person or another animal like a dog.

If you have a raccoon problem and have been unsuccessful at dealing with th situation, then you already know that raccoons can leave a devastating path of destruction in their wake. They will not hesitate to tear off siding to get inside a home, or pull of screens or vent covers to gain access to an attic. Driven to find suitable dens but always foraging for food, they will flip over trash cans, and steal pet food however they can.

in most states it is against the law to trap, kill or relocate raccoons and the local pest control authorities NOT assist in removal. Calling a private raccoon pest contrlo specialist is your best and safest bet. Catching raccoons takes years of practice and knowledge, so a trained specialist is the best way to ensure that the job gets done quickly and efficiently, with no harm done to the animals.

In the meantime, before you call a certified raccoon removal expert, you can try a few tricks and see if they work for you:

Technique #1: Talk to Them. Raccoons do not like the sound of the human voice. Find where you think the raccoon den is and place a small radio tuned to a talk radio station in the vicinity. Set the volume fairly low and leave it on all day and night for a few days. Take note of whether or not the raccoons have moved in in search of greener pastures (or attics!).

Technique #2: Light up the Den. Use worklights to light up your attic, under your porch, or wherever you think the raccoons aere residing. Raccoons prefer a dark place to make their dens, and the light is sometimes enough to encourage them to move on.

Technique #3: Piss up thier Nest. Raccoons are clean and sanitary animals. They do not urinate in the vicinity of their nests or dens. You can groos them out by soaking rags in ammonia and placing all around the area of the nest, and near possible entrances and exits. If you cannot reach a certain area, use a squirtgun set to stream and spray as close as you can. Reload your rags and squirt every few days.

Raccoon Trapping Tips& Precautions

When all else fails, which is not uncommon, live capture becomes the best bet. But before you just set a trap and assume it's all going to go smoothly, consider these few precautions. First, if you arent sure about if the adult animal has kits (babies) or not, you may want to hold off on the DIY raccoon trapping and call a professional. It will be quite unpleasant for everyone if there are decaying carcasses somewhere in your home. Sealing animals into your home accidentally can also be awful if they die of thirst and decompose within the home.

When inspecting your home for possible entrances, remember that an adult raccoon can squeeze through an openeing only 3-4 inches in diameter. Also, they are very strong animals and can tear of grates, screens, siding, and even claw through wood under your eaves. Remove all potential food sources from your property, especially outdoor pet food bowls and garbage cans. Seal your garbage cans with wire or otherwise make them inaccesible. Clean up fallen fruit from fruit trees if you have any on your property.

Call a Certified Raccoon Pest Control Specialist

You can save yourself a huge hassle and weeks or even months of frustration if you call a professional in as soon as the raccoon problem presents itself. Trapping is actually a skill that requires years of practice and knowledge to be successful. Also, raccoons carry parasites and sometimes rabies, so even if you are successful at capturing a raccoon, you don't want to get clawed or bitten. Rabies is transferred via the saliva, and there is only one documented case of rabies being passed froma raccoon to a human in the United States, but it isn't worth the risk.

A certified raccoon pest control specialist will be vaccinated against rabies and will know exactly how to handle the animal once captured. In most states it is illegal to trap, kill or relocate raccons. Most animal control companies use humane live animal capture raccoon traps, so the animal will not suffer unnecessarily while inside the trap.