It’s easy to see why Houston residents would prefer to love raccoons from a distance… and a very long distance at that. Raccoons are notorious for causing significant damage to buildings and introducing diseases into the domestic space. From time to time, these animals find themselves in human spaces and that is when raccoon removal becomes necessary for Houston property owners.
Raccoons, the Super Scavengers of North America
Raccoons are natural scavengers. They are experts at finding food, wherever it is. They are also quite adaptable, which is why they’ve been able to thrive in urban, suburban and rural environments. Raccoons eat almost anything in the fruit, vegetable and meat categories. They also have an incredibly high intelligence that allows them to overcome obstacles as they search for food. Our homes provide many of the things that raccoons like or have grown to enjoy. This is why raccoon intrusion is such a regular situation for many property owners, not just in Houston, but in North America.
Getting Rid of Raccoons – Helpful Tips for Houston residents
Raccoon problems are recurrent for many people. They grow increasingly frustrated as their efforts work temporarily but the raccoons return after some time has passed. This leads to a desperate search for more lasting raccoon exclusion strategies.
If you want raccoons to stay away for good, you need to empty your space of all the things that attract them. The most important one is the food. Your garbage bin, leftover pet food, fallen fruits, and vegetables in the garden are raccoon magnets. Remove these things if you want to stop attracting raccoons. Accumulated garbage should either be disposed of promptly or stored in tightly-sealed containers and locked away at heights above raccoons’ reach. If you have a garden or fish pond, you’ll need to erect a raccoon exclusion fence around it and harvest the products promptly. Bird feeders are also targeted by raccoons so you’ll need to raccoon-proof those as well. If you have a compost heap, you should enclose it with raccoon-proof fencing as well.
Out of the kindness of your heart and your passion for wildlife preservation, you may be led to feed the neighborhood raccoons. Don’t. This kind act that could quickly backfire as one visiting raccoon can quickly turns into dozens and they will move closer and closer, establishing den sites near their food source. The result may be families of raccoons inside your attic, basement or under your building.
The Other Side of Raccoons
Even though the first thing that tends to come to mind when raccoons are mentioned is property damage, ravaged bins and disease transmission there is a positive side to these animals. Raccoons serve a very important role in the natural environment. Raccoons help to eliminate some waste as they eat rotten fruit or even the carcasses of dead animals. They also help to keep insect and rodent populations under control since they feed on them.
Humane Raccoon Removal
If raccoons are already occupying your property, you will need help to get rid of them. Raccoons are so cunning that they are usually able to evade DIY strategies to get rid of them. This often causes some people to resort to cruel strategies that usually animals without resolving the intrusion problem. Expert wildlife control professionals are trained to understand raccoon biology and behaviour and when they put this training into action, raccoons are removed safely from unsuitable environments to more suitable ones.
Skedaddle specializes in effective and humane raccoon removal. The Skedaddle service yields optimum results because it is a comprehensive one. Skedaddle technicians begin with a professional assessment and then they apply tailored removal strategies that are designed to secure the raccoon without harming any living being. After the removal is complete, Skedaddle can help you to prevent future intrusions with a suite of humane and effective exclusion strategies. These services are designed to secure your Houston premises against any future raccoon intrusion.