As a Waukesha homeowner, you may have a variety of visitors to your backyard, from birds to small mammals, including raccoons. These intelligent and curious masked mammals may be drawn to your home as they seek food, water, and a safe place to raise their kits. When your home gives raccoons access to these comforts, they may decide to call your backyard or even your attic home. If you suspect raccoon activity, we at Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control can offer you several tips about how to recognize this animal by their droppings, as well as assist you with raccoon removal from your shed, trees, or home.
1. Racoons Make Community Toilets
When raccoons move into an area, they are likely to do so as a family. Once they establish their home, they create a communal toilet where every member of the family leaves its droppings. Both adults and young use these toilets, and once kits are old enough to forage with the mother, she teaches them where to defecate as well. Once several raccoons begin using this spot, you may find it easily, as it tends to grow with usage.
2. Raccoon Feces Is Easy to Identify
If you have dogs, cats, or other animals that roam your yard, then you may wonder how to tell raccoon feces from those of another animal. Fortunately, you can spot it even if you have little experience with raccoon behavior. Raccoons are omnivores, which means they eat fruits, nuts, seeds, small fish, frogs, and insects. However, their favorite food is berries, and this is the simplest way to identify their feces. It usually contains visible pieces of whole berries, which the animals sometimes do not digest completely. Since pets mostly eat meat, this is the main clue that you have raccoons on your property.
3. Raccoon Feces Can Carry Disease
If you find raccoon feces in your yard, the wisest course of action is to call us for experienced wildlife control in Waukesha because the droppings contain bacteria that could be dangerous for people and pets. It is also important to remember that while raccoons may have a cute appearance, they may bite or scratch if cornered or when defending their young. If you find a raccoon toilet, note the location and then call us for assistance.
4. Raccoon Feces Has a Certain Shape
Just like any animal, raccoon droppings have a unique shape and size. They are typically a few inches long, tube-shaped, and dark, although this may vary depending on whether the animals are foraging in dumpsters or eating pet kibble. If you are uncertain about the nature of any feces you come across, taking a photograph for reference when our wildlife technicians arrive may help them confirm the presence of raccoons.
We Can Help With Raccoon Removal
If you find that raccoons have invaded your home via your attic or a crawlspace, we can assist you with their humane removal. Raccoons may find their way inside when tree branches overhang your roof, giving them access. When you call us, our experienced wildlife removal technicians will remove each raccoon and immediately release them into their natural environment, while cleaning up any nesting material and offer you several handy tips when it comes to keeping these masked bandits outside where they belong.
One of the first steps you can take is to trim back your yard’s branches to prevent raccoons from climbing on or damaging your roof. You can also reduce the chances of attracting raccoons to your property by using dumpsters or garbage cans with lids that snap on securely and storing your pet food indoors or in metal cans with secure lids.
Raccoons are fascinating animals, but when they invite themselves into your home, they can cause a great deal of damage and pose a danger to your family. Call us today for more information and further assistance.