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Animal Removal: Raccoons Breaking into Homes?

Many incidents of raccoon intrusions have been reported in the mid-western US and more specifically in Wisconsin. Naturally, some of the questions on the minds of many concerned homeowners are, “Can raccoons break into people’s homes”? Why? and What can we do about this? The answer to the final question is really quite simple- let an expert animal removal service handle your raccoon intrusion problems. But let’s explore all these questions in more detail.

Raccoons, Built for Survival Despite the Challenges


Raccoons get inside through breaches in the buildings. These breaches may be holes or cracks that are wide enough to admit the animals or they may be other areas such as uncovered vents. Raccoons around the world and in the midwest, of course, are natural survivors. In their original habitats, they occupy spaces that are already ideal for establishing dens and depending on availability, eat a variety of meat items, fruits, and vegetables.

Since people have expanded their settlements, animals such as raccoons have found themselves with smaller natural spaces to occupy. Thankfully for nature’s shrewd bandits, their adaptable nature has allowed them to continue to thrive in urban and suburban regions. They eat the food that people leave lying around and from time to time take up residence inside human-occupied buildings.


Why Do Raccoons Intrude?


The answer to this question is pretty simple. It is all a part of a quest to survive. The prevalence of the animals in the urban and suburban areas of Wisconsin indicates that raccoons have become quite comfortable in the environments that have been modified by people. Take for example the elderly Brookfield resident whose raccoon home invasion story appeared last year in the Journal Sentinel issue of May 18, 2018. According to the reports, the woman discovered a raccoon taking a snooze on top of her bookshelf and this was the second time a raccoon had been discovered inside the building. Thankfully for the resident, and the raccoon, the situation was handled effectively by expert humane wildlife control service providers.

How Should Property Owners Handle Raccoon Invasions?


Even though they may be tempted to start evicting the animals themselves, property owners should try to avoid direct encounters with raccoons that have invaded their spaces. DIY raccoon removal is risky business as you cannot predict the behavior of the animals, especially if it is nurturing baby raccoons (called kits) or has been cornered. DIY raccoon removal attempts result in unwarranted harm to the animals and should not be used,period. Given that they are simply trying to survive, it is really undesirable for them to suffer in the process. The best option is to contact an expert humane animal removal company to get the raccoons off your property.

To prevent further invasions property owners should seek the help of the experts of course. A professional animal removal service in Milwaukee like Skedaddle will help to raccoon-proof your space after removal is complete. They do this by installing barrier technology that keeps the animals off your property without exposing them to harm. They also provide you with some useful tips on how you can change your habits to keep raccoons away. One of the most important tips to keep raccoons from snooping around your property is to change your garbage disposal habits by securely locking garbage away or disposing of it away from the property promptly. Small changes like this one can go a long way.

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About the author:Marcus is the owner and operator of Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control – Milwaukee. Born and raised in Milwaukee, Marcus combines the academic training (M.S. Wildlife Biology, UW Madison) with the field training and skills to be successful in resolving wildlife conflict for home and business owners.

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