Raccoons are common urban pests, often drawn to grubs in the lawn and trash for food. They may use chimneys, attics, and deck areas to nest and reproduce. If left unchecked their grip on your property only grows and they may search your home for potential entry points.
Here are a few signs of raccoon presence:
-Ripped wood around your deck or home
-Climbing or scratching noises in your chimney or attic space from dusk to dawn
-Seeing raccoons cross your lawn
Raccoons may be attracted to your yard for a number of reasons. They could be interested in a source of food – your vegetable garden, your trash cans, or pet food. They could also be establishing a designated latrine area as raccoons may nest and defecate in separate areas. Or raccoons could be looking for a protected area to nest and reproduce.
Ideal nesting locations in your yard may include raised sheds or protected decks. Raccoons may seek these areas to find shelter from the elements or to birth and raise their young. If you suspect that raccoons are living in your yard, you may need to seek professional assistance to remove them from the property. Raccoons can become aggressive towards pets or humans if they feel threatened and professional wildlife personnel have the training and equipment to handle them safely.
Attic spaces are another common area for raccoons to nest and raise their young. Raccoons may take advantage of water damaged wood along soffit and fascia areas or manipulate gable vents to gain access.
Attics not only provide protection from the elements, but they also provide ample nesting material. Once inside raccoons may rip up batted insulation or pile up blown insulation to use in their nests.
If raccoons are in your attic space you may hear clawing, scratching, or chattering noises. Young raccoons may also cry for their mother and they may tussle and fight with their siblings as they get older. Most of this activity will occur during the nighttime hours and you may see the adult raccoon exit/enter during the twilight hours of the day. It is unlikely that a raccoon or family of raccoons will leave an attic space voluntarily once the nest has been established.
Professional assistance with the removal process may be necessary as raccoons can become aggressive (mentioned above) and their fecal matter can contain harmful parasites. Nesting material and/or feces inside of the attic space should be removed using the proper safety equipment and the area thoroughly disinfected. Any entry points should also be repaired to protect against future intrusions.
Chimneys are another prime raccoon hangout. During mating and early birthing season, mother raccoons may make a nest on the flue inside of your chimney. Any chimney space that is uncapped is particularly susceptible to this intrusion, but raccoons have been known to rip off compromised caps. If you happen to cap a chimney with raccoon kitss inside, the mother raccoon will work tirelessly to remove the cap and “rescue” her young. Raccoon families may move on from a tight chimney space as the young become larger and more mobile. However, they may choose to search your home and property for other areas to nest and therefore removal is advised.
Whitmore Pest and Wildlife Control is prepared to handle any raccoon challenge you may be experiencing. Our technicians are ready to assess the situation and offer a solution that meets your needs. We can remove an individual or family of raccoons by trapping or manual extraction when necessary. If raccoons have damaged the structure of your deck or home, our technicians are prepared to offer professional repair services to protect against further intrusions and offer restoration services to remove raccoon feces and disinfect against diseases.
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