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.
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Although raccoons thrive in dense woods where they have plenty of brush-filled places to build dens, this remarkably adaptable species is also well suited to urban and suburban communities where they can find plentiful sources of food and shelter. They sometimes find warm places to den in attics, crawlspaces and chimneys. If you suspect raccoons are living inside your house, you need to call a professional for raccoon removal in Minneapolis.
Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control knows how to get raccoons out of your home using humane and effective techniques. Raccoons are here to stay in Minneapolis, that’s why we take the steps needed to reinforce your roof and home and protect you against future entry.
Minneapolis is part of one of the largest metro areas in the United States. The city lies on the banks of the Mississippi River and sits at the base of Saint Anthony Falls. With abundant water sources and plenty of wooded spaces in the region, it’s no wonder that raccoons are one of many species that thrive in Minneapolis.
Unlike many other types of wildlife, raccoons thrive in urban environments as easily as they do in forests. The opportunistic creatures eat a varied diet and can live off anything from wild berries and small rodents to leftovers they dig out of your trash can. Raccoons are nocturnal, so while you seldom see them during daytime hours, knowing how to keep them out of your home and off your property is important for peaceful cohabitation.
Raccoons are generally quiet creatures, and because they are active at night, you may not know you have one, or a few, as a roommate until it has established a den inside your attic. You may occasionally find a single or group of male raccoons living in your attic, but most calls for raccoons in attics come during spring when female raccoons are looking for secure den sites to have and raise their babies.
Raccoon babies, or kits, make soft squealing and squeaking noises. If you hear strange crying sounds above your ceiling during spring or early summer, you likely have raccoon babies tucked away in your attic. Their mother is usually not far, spending much of the day sleeping and nursing her young, leaving them only to forage for food at night.
You may also notice the sound of a raccoon shuffling around in the attic or faint scratching noises as an adult raccoon finds a comfortable place to den inside your attic. Raccoons are most active after dark and that is when you can expect to hear the bulk of their activity. The presence of raccoons in your attic can also be given away by their entry point. Have a look up your roof for damage to shingles, soffits or vents as these are common raccoon entry points.
Raccoons are highly adaptable in urban environments and are able to find shelter and den sites in many forms. Attics are a favorite location for raccoons, they are warm, dark and secluded making them an ideal spot for mother raccoons to have and raise babies or simply ride out Minneapolis’ frigid winters.
Raccoons are excellent climbers, so making their way onto a roof is a breeze. The most common routes up for raccoons are downspouts or nearby trees. Their dexterous paws not only help them climb, they also allow raccoons to tear at rotted roofs, bend aluminum flashing and push in soffits. Once inside the attic their activity leads to damaged attic insulation which could result in mold and increased heating and cooling bills.
Closer to ground level, raccoons can also be found denning below structures like decks, sheds, porches and crawl spaces. Raccoons do not tunnel, but they dig well enough to pull away a bit of dirt and solid to tuck underneath these structures, especially during warmer weather.
If you think you have a raccoon living inside your house, you need to contact a professional immediately. Raccoons are rarely aggressive unless they feel threatened, but they can carry rabies, so a bite is always dangerous. They can also spread diseases through their feces, so prompt removal is vital to the health of you and your family.
Skedaddle used humane methods for raccoon removal that prioritizes your health and that of the raccoon families involved. We use a proven process to ensure the situation is remedied effectively.
Raccoons may look cute and cuddly, but having them inside your house is less than ideal because they can spread dangerous diseases through their feces and become aggressive when they feel threatened. If you have raccoons as roommates, it’s always best to trust an expert for the removal process, and Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control is here to help.
We know how to get rid of raccoons to keep your home safe while reducing stress for the creatures involved. Contact us today if you need help with raccoon removal in Minneapolis.
Minnesota does not have the raccoon strain of the rabies virus. This means that when a raccoon does get rabies, it has the skunk strain of the virus, not the raccoon strain. Raccoons are still able to spread the skunk strain of rabies to humans, which is why people should always remain at a safe distance. The last confirmed case of rabies in a raccoon in Minnesota came in 2017.
In nature, raccoons are most commonly found denning in hollowed trees, fallen branches, and bushes. Minnesota’s densely forested landscape provides denning locations for raccoons, however, in urban spaces they often prefer to den that provide warm attics, chimneys and garages.
Female raccoons give birth to between two and six babies once per year beginning in the early spring. Babies are not mobile or coming and going from the den site until 8 to 12 weeks after birth. It is not possible to trap or chase away immobile babies so they need to be located and removed by hand.
Raccoons are highly adaptable to Minneapolis’ growing urban landscape, and have been able to thrive in urban environments by raiding trash cans and feasting on human food. They’re particularly fond of sweet and fatty foods, which is why they’re often attracted to bird feeders and pet food bowls. The Minnesota DNR estimates that there are between 800,000 and 1,000,000 raccoons in the state.
Raccoons are nocturnal creatures that leave their den sites during the evening hours. This makes it extremely difficult for homeowners to identify a raccoon problem since they are typically asleep when raccoons make noise.