Why Raccoons Are Turning Your Deck Into a BathroomWhile this may seem like a terrible prank from a local miscreant, a growing pile of raccoon feces is actually a normal occurrence. This typically happens in a discrete spot in the woods or a field, but a local raccoon may decide to relieve itself on your deck. Once this happens, it’s likely to be a repeat offense. Raccoons habitually use the same site for their bathroom habits. These latrine sites are often used by multiple raccoons in the same neighborhood, so a single act is usually followed by many more. Unfortunately, this unseemly act can really do a number on your porch. Raccoon feces can stain your deck and, over time, cause permanent damage. Work with our professional team before you need to replace deck boards and lawn furniture. Our prompt services can prevent further damage and help you continue to use your outdoor area without fear of more raccoon feces.
Dangers of DIY CleanupDespite the relative cleanliness of these animals, raccoons and their feces should never be handled. Raccoons are capable of carrying diseases, parasites, fleas and ticks, so it’s best to give them a respectable distance. Whether there’s a single raccoon passing by or multiple animals enjoying your outdoor latrine, it’s best to work with a professional. Raccoon feces also commonly carries diseases and roundworm eggs. Professionals not only use protective gloves, masks and eyewear, but also have the professional cleaning agents necessary to remove eggs, sanitize your deck and avoid spreading fecal matter around your property. Some frustrated homeowners try to scare or intimidate the raccoons. Even if you happen to catch a raccoon in the act, it’s never a good idea to confront a wild animal. These scrappy little animals can be quite dangerous if threatened, and they pose health risks when handled. Not only will you risk your own safety, but you can easily harm these creatures.
Our Raccoon Removal ServicesAt Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control, we take your health and safety seriously. We start by eliminating the odor and cleaning the area in a sanitary way. This helps avoid the spread of roundworm and discourages other raccoons from finding this latrine site. Next, we use exclusion techniques to discourage raccoons from continuing to visit your porch. This step is necessary to change a raccoon habit. Here are a few ways we can discourage raccoons from continuing to use the same spot:
- Rearranging furniture
- Removing odors
- Placing plastic and other deterrents