Raccoons are very intelligent and resourceful. This is why our 50 point inspection is designed to identify all current and potential raccoon entry points as well as any damage they may have caused. Our hands-on removal techniques are both humane and effective for adult and baby raccoons alike.
Raccoons are not very clean and their presence can lead to severe property damage. Skedaddle offers thorough cleaning and disinfecting of raccoon den sites to eliminate any health risks. We can also remove and replace any damaged attic insulation.
Once the raccoons are gone you want to make sure your home is protected against future entries. Our wildlife technicians are experts in identifying and securing vulnerable areas of your home with exclusion materials that are built to last.
The natural parks and rural land in Durham offer an ideal habitat for many types of wildlife. As you hike or bike the many trails around the region, you may have the opportunity to observe animals in the wild, which is always a treat. On the other hand, animals do not always stay in forests and the wilderness. Raccoons have learned that human buildings offer food and shelter, and they are bold and savvy enough to encroach on your property. If this happens, seek raccoon removal in Durham right away to avoid health and safety hazards.
The average temperature in Durham during the winter months can range from -3 to -14 degrees celsius. Colder temperatures like this can send raccoons into a state of torpor, during which their body processes slow down and they can sleep for weeks at a time. Torpor is different from hibernation in that it allows them to wake up and react to a threat from a predator. As the weather warms up, raccoons may come out of torpor and resume looking for food. Mating season for raccoons begins in mid-winter and continues into the spring. Mother raccoons look for warm, safe dens with nearby food sources to raise their young. Human habitations often fit the bill.
Raccoons are cute and clever, but if they get into your building, they can wreak havoc and potentially expose you to the numerous diseases they are known to carry. Raccoons’ cleverness and resourcefulness are what make them such a nuisance to property owners in Durham.
Skedaddle wildlife technicians safely and humanely remove the raccoons and prevent them from coming back. The first step is to identify the entry points by which raccoons may gain access. Sometimes it is obvious where they have ripped apart soffits, flashing, or shingles with their strong, dexterous paws, but raccoons can get into an opening the size of a softball. The next step is to locate and remove all the raccoons, including babies. If we find raccoon kits, we move them to a heated baby box outside. This allows the mother raccoon to find and relocate them. Our technicians then use heavy-gauge screening to close off access points and prevent re-entry. Raccoons have multiple den sites throughout their territory, and if one is inaccessible, they will return to another.
Raccoons are omnivorous and will eat almost anything. They are notorious for tipping over trash cans and opening the lids to get at the scraps inside.
Raccoons have intelligence comparable to monkeys. Research has shown them to employ problem-solving techniques to get food.
Among mammals, raccoons are a common carrier of rabies. You should never attempt to handle a raccoon yourself because it is difficult to tell a healthy raccoon from a diseased one.
Raccoon excrement can contain parasites that can cause disease in humans. Cleaning and clearing any contaminated material is an important part of our process and should be performed with great care.