Known for their bandit-mask faces and scavenging behaviours, raccoons are a common sight around Coquitlam. These mammals can be a lot of fun to watch, but it is less enjoyable when they get into your home. Fortunately, Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control offers raccoon removal services to help you get your home back to normal. We encourage homeowners to learn a little about the habits of common local wildlife to better prepare for potential infestations.
Raccoon Mating Habits
Unlike some mammals, raccoons do not mate for life. In fact, male raccoons seek out as many mating partners as they can find during mating season. This can mean that a male raccoon sires multiple litters of baby raccoons in a single year.
This mating pattern can lead to the rapid growth of a raccoon population within a relatively short timeframe. However, the good news for homeowners is that female raccoons typically only have one litter per year of two to five babies. The males have no involvement in raising the babies. So, if you have raccoons around your home, you aren’t likely to experience a massive explosion of the problem in the way you might with some other wildlife.
Nonetheless, raccoon mothers are very protective of their litter. Any effective raccoon removal strategy needs to consider the mating and child-raising habits of raccoons. Otherwise, they will likely keep coming back.
The Risks of a Raccoon Infestation
If you have watched raccoons for any amount of time, you know how intelligent they are. Unfortunately, anyone who has tried to keep them out of a home has also gotten a taste of how clever these mammals are. They can carry some significant dangers and should be dealt with promptly by professionals.
Perhaps the most significant risk associated with raccoons is that they can carry rabies. They are considered a vector species, meaning that they can carry the disease without showing symptoms. In fact, once infected, they often live out their natural lives with rabies in their systems. Thus, they can be very dangerous to humans and pets who come into contact with them.
Beyond this, raccoon mothers are also extremely fierce. While raccoons normally prefer to avoid conflicts, they will become very aggressive if they are protecting their litters. Thus, anyone disturbing a nest could be in danger of being bitten or scratched severely.
Finally, any wildlife nest can be a vector for disease, droppings and general filth. In other words, raccoons can make part of your home virtually unusable and may even damage the structure. Thus, most homeowners want to address the issue quickly.
How To Address the Problem
You should never attempt to vacate raccoons yourself. First and foremost, this can be a dangerous undertaking. Second, you are unlikely to be successful because they may just come back, especially if any babies have been left behind.
Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control has extensive experience with raccoons. We can effectively relocate them in a way that is not only more humane but also more effective than traditional methods. Our team will start the raccoon removal process by analyzing the situation. We then clear and clean the impacted area, moving the raccoons to a more appropriate habitat. Finally, we protect your home against future infestation by sealing up cracks, openings and other animal thresholds.
Get Wildlife Control in Coquitlam
If you think there are raccoons or any other wildlife in your home, business or other property, contact Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control of Coquitlam. Our raccoon removal services are highly effective and will enable you to more thoroughly enjoy your home, free of worries about raccoons. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule an initial consultation.