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How to Get Rid of Raccoons

Sep 25, 2012


Raccoons are highly intelligent and resourceful pests that can cause a considerable amount of damage to business and residential properties.  As scavengers, raccoons are known to get into garbage cans, garages, and yards in their hunt for food.  Unfortunately, the damage caused by raccoons can be costly, and because of their intelligence and size, they can be very difficult to get rid of.  Moreover, raccoons can even pose a threat to pets, children, and even adult family members, as they can be quite vicious when confronted.  In most cases, if you have problems with raccoons, you’ll want to seek a professional pest control expert to remove these pests from your property.

Damage to Property
Raccoons are den animals and they have been known to make homes in the most inconvenient places including chimneys, roofs, attics, and under decks or stairs.  As nocturnal animals, these masked bandits can disturb your sleep while damaging your property.  They have incredibly effective paws with which they can manipulate garbage can lids, door latches, and even jars.  They have been known to destroy shingles, soffit, flashings, and aluminum fixtures around your home or business.  Raccoons chew through electrical wires, damage plumbing, and destroy gardens.  Furthermore, mother raccoons are very protective of their young, and the mothers will stop at nothing if they are separated from their offspring.  
Health Risks
One of the main health risks associated with raccoons is the risk of attack.  Raccoons will not only bite, but they have sharp claws, which can cause a lot of physical damage.  Moreover, some raccoons carry rabies, so if you or a family member has been attacked by a raccoon, you will need to seek medical attention.  Raccoon feces can also carry parasites such as roundworm, which cause nausea, organ malfunction, blindness, loss of muscle control, and even death in humans.  
Finding and Identifying Raccoons
Finding raccoons can be tricky, but you should listen for their high-pitched vocalizations.  They prefer to den in dry, warm locations, are nocturnal, and they’re very active so you will probably hear them before you see them. Exclusion works best for raccoons, as they are so ingrained into our habitats and way of life that relocating them is no longer an option. 
Exclusion of raccoons entails screening the area they are entering and installing a one-way door that will allow them to leave the space, but not re-enter. After the raccoons have left the area, the one-way door is removed and the point of entry is sealed so there will be no further intrusions. Ultimately, it is always advisable to seek professional help when getting rid of raccoons.  Pest control providers have the tools, and knowledge necessary to exclude raccoons from your property safely and permanently.

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