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Animal Removal—Useful Information About the Wild Raccoon

Raccoons are creatures that live in the wild that seem cuddly but aren’t. Raccoons are smart and use their ingenuity to gain access to homes, making a den in an attic or crawl spaces. The species enjoys making a den in areas such as chimneys, attics, roof areas and crawl spaces. Raccoons can be infected with disease including rabies and for homeowners, it is hard to tell the difference between a healthy raccoon and one that is infected with some sort of sickness. Wildlife technicians are trained to look for signs of the raccoons, including how they are gaining access to your home. Removal is always necessary if you suspect a raccoon is in your home as they can be dangerous due to confrontation or by carrying a disease.

A raccoon entry point through an open soffit

Assessment and Removal

The first stage of raccoon removal via wildlife control is an assessment. The wildlife technician has been trained to identify where the raccoon is gaining access to the home. The creatures have nimble-fingered paws that they use to grab onto and climb wood, vents, flashing, soffits and more. Technicians are able to find these entry points and create a plan of action that will see the animal removed from the home.

Raccoon family in an attic

In many cases, a one-way door will be placed at the entry/exit point. This way, after the raccoon leaves the home in search of food and water, he will be locked out of the attic. The technician can then inspect the attic or crawlspace to ensure no babies are present. Often times a raccoon mother will have babies in the space due to the warm and dry climate. Once any babies are removed, they are placed in a heated box and reunited with the mom outside the house.

Clearing Out Debris and Cleaning the Space

Once the raccoons have been removed from your home, you can truly assess the damage. Raccoons can leave behind contamination from their feces and urine which can include a type of roundworm known as Baylisascaris. This can cause serious illness in humans if the eggs are ingested. The technician providing removal service will advise you as to what you can do to clean any contaminated areas such as repairing and adding in new insulation.

Avoiding Raccoons in the Future

Once you have had raccoons in your home, you will not want to experience it again. To keep the raccoons at bay, you will need to take preventative measures. This will include ensuring all garbage cans outside are secure. Raccoons love digging through garbage in search of food.

To prevent raccoons from accessing entry points to the home, it is recommended that you use heavy gauge screening to cover areas that the raccoon could use to get inside your home. A wildlife control expert will be able to provide recommendations as to what you can do to protect your home and can do the work for you as well.

Contact Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control  today if you have a problem with raccoons or other creatures entering your home. The wildlife experts are ready to assist you!

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About the author:Founder of Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control in 1989. Canada's largest urban wildlife removal and exclusion company. Industry leader and pioneer. Split, Scram, Scoot! However you want to say it, Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control has helped over 200,000 home owners and businesses safely and effectively resolve their wildlife issues. Happy to discuss business and franchising opportunities

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