Raccoons are some of the most clever creatures in the animal kingdom and have learned to adapt to their surroundings. Some raccoons focus on stealing garbage from residential areas and other, bolder raccoons are able to get inside homes and cause significant damage. At Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control, we offer a variety of raccoon removal services in Milwaukee to help homeowners with prevention strategies and other tactics to deter these wily animals.
Raccoon-Proofing Your Home
The most effective strategy to keep raccoons away from your home is to start with prevention. A little bit of defense against raccoons in and around your property can help you prevent them from getting inside and destroying things. The first place to start is with your trash can area. Secure the area with containers that have a lid and remove any potential food sources. Never feed wild animals like raccoons.
Professionals can also help with additional preventative strategies to keep raccoons from breaking into your house. Rot, damage and other open spots on your roof need to be repaired and sealed up. Contractors should inspect the lower areas of the home as well for entry points, such as under porches, decks and sheds. Any branches or foliage that serves as a gateway to your home should also be trimmed.
Removing Raccoon Nests
Discovering a nest of baby raccoons inside of your home is a telltale sign you have a problem. Raccoons often find an opening into a house and set up shop in places such as an attic for birthing and nesting their young. Baby raccoons may make scratching noises and squeaks, which is noticeable to human residents and sometimes the first sign of a nest inside of the home.
Removing a nest of raccoons is best left to the professionals. Never attempt to handle or move the nest of babies by yourself. Young raccoons, even babies, are capable of scratching and biting. The mother raccoon is also never too far away and could get extremely aggressive with humans if she feels her babies are in danger.
Safety Concerns With DIY Raccoon Removal
Some homeowners attempt a DIY raccoon removal and end up getting in over their heads. One of the biggest risks of DIY raccoon removal is the potential of getting exposed to various diseases and pathogens the animals may carry. Raccoons sometimes carry rabies, which can be passed on to humans if the raccoon bites. Additionally, the urine and feces from raccoons can contain harmful toxins.
Since many raccoon infestations involve the highest points of a home, like a roof or an attic, another concern is working at a higher height. Homeowners may not have the right tools or experience to get up on their roofs and safely repair or remove problem areas. This type of work is better suited to experienced professionals.
Professional Services for Wildlife Removal
Property owners who want to keep raccoons out of their homes for good should consider hiring a professional wildlife removal company in Milwaukee. This important decision can help homeowners avoid failure with raccoon removals.
One of the most common frustrations with DIY removal happens when someone attempts to trap the animal. Trapping raccoons is a very difficult process, and amateurs without experience usually don’t succeed. It’s typical to end up trapping a different animal instead of the raccoon. Raccoons are also known for grabbing the bait from a trap without getting caught inside.
Another issue that comes from DIY removal is what to do after a raccoon has been inside of your home. The contaminants and destruction left behind after a raccoon infestation has to be properly cleaned and disinfected to lower the risk of disease exposure.
At Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control we understand the frustration of having unwelcome raccoons or other animal guests wreaking havoc on your property. Learn more about how we safely and humanely remove raccoons from your property.