Raccoons are one of the most common wildlife in the southeastern part of the United States. These nuisance pests are known for their adaptability, agility, and strength. Hence, they quickly break into the attic to build their nest and raise their litter, and steal food from the trash cans and garden, among several other shenanigans. The presence of raccoons on a property can quickly become a nightmare for a homeowner because of the damage they cause.
Do you have a nuisance raccoon on your property?
Have you tried everything you can to get rid of it but all to no avail? Quickly contact us at Metro Wildlife and Pest Control to implement a long-lasting solution to your raccoon infestation problem.
Read on to learn about our effective raccoon removal process. But first things first: Why are there raccoons on your property?
Just like several nuisance species, raccoons are attracted to your property for the promise of food and shelter.
As omnivores, raccoons eat a wide variety of food. From that leftover pizza in the trash to those ripe fruits in the garden, raccoons can feast on anything foody on your property. Hence, easy access to food is bound to attract raccoons.
Humans aren’t the only ones that love a comfy place to rest. Raccoons use living spaces like the attic and under the house to build their nests. Asides from the comfort these spaces provide, they also provide safety from predators and proximity to food.
Common signs of a raccoon infestation
Do you know you have a wildlife problem, but you’re not sure what animal you’re dealing with? Here are some of the tell-tale signs of a raccoon infestation.
Raccoon droppings are tubular and blunt-ended. While their droppings are generally dark, their color depends on what the raccoon has recently eaten. Raccoon droppings look like undigested dog droppings with visible undigested seeds and other food items.
- Scratch mark
It is not uncommon for raccoons to leave significant marks with their sharp claws around their vicinity. If you notice scratch marks on your trashcans or entry points in your building, you might be dealing with a raccoon infestation.
Raccoons make several sounds, including purring, growling, whimpering, chittering, etc. Hearing these strange noises from your attic, chimney, or under your house may signify a raccoon infestation.
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Dangers of raccoons
Raccoons are very destructive creatures, and some of the dangers they pose include:
- Damages to buildings as they chew on wood, rip off wires, and insulations.
- Pollution of the environment with their droppings and bodily fluids
- Threat to pets and humans
- Risk of several diseases like rabies and raccoon parvoviral enteritis
- Noise pollution due to the annoying sounds they make.
Raccoon Removal Process
At Metro Wildlife and Pest Control, we have helped thousands of clients in South Carolina get rid of raccoons. Here are some essential things to know about raccoon removal.
To get rid of raccoons, you first need to identify and get rid of what’s attracting them. This involves cutting access to easy food and ensuring your property is uninhabitable by raccoons. Some tips to bear in mind include:
- Ensure you secure your trash cans properly
- Take pet food indoors, especially at night.
- Raccoon-proof your garden
- Repair all vulnerable entry spots.
Next, you need to understand the extent of the raccoon infestation problem. Where is the animal residing? How is it getting in? It becomes easy to create a practical and effective removal strategy with this information.
There are several ways to deal with a raccoon infestation. The best option will be dependent on your unique circumstances. Some of the most common approaches include:
- Exclusion device
This approach is best if you have only one raccoon in your attic. It involves sealing all entry holes except one. The exclusion device is installed in the last hole. Once the animal leaves through the hole, it cannot get back in.
- Trapping and relocation
If you have a mother raccoon with her kits in your attic, exclusion may be unwise because you risk separating the mother from her kits. But with trapping, you can use the kits as bait to lure the mother into the trap and relocate them altogether.
Repellents like cayenne pepper and mothballs are known to have moderate success in keeping raccoons away.
After getting rid of the raccoon, it’s essential to get rid of their droppings and urine and thoroughly disinfect the entire space to kill pathogens. What’s more, all damages done by the animals need to be repaired to preserve the structural integrity of the building.
Trust Metro Wildlife and Pest Control for Raccoon Removal
If you live in South Carolina, and you’re dealing with a raccoon problem, contact us today to end your worries.