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Raccoon Removal Strategies

Our humane raccoon control and raccoon removal services will remove any and all raccoons from your home effectively and properly. At Trutech, our team of expert specialists has the tools and knowledge they need to conduct proper raccoon removal. Our environmentally sensitive removal methods ensure that no animals are harmed at any point in the removal process. So, with Trutech, you can rest assured that your wildlife maintenance issues are solved humanely and efficiently.

Don’t wait until raccoons are living in your attic or wreaking havoc on your trash cans to reach out to Trutech for our expert raccoon removal and control services. When you trust Trutech for all of your animal maintenance needs, no matter how big or how small, you can sleep easier knowing that your raccoon problem was solved by one of our licensed professionals!

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Signs a Raccoon is on Your Property

Raccoons are ever recognizable with their black-masked face and nocturnal habits. Raccoons will enter a residential area, including your own, in search of food. If you have noticed your trash cans flipped over and the bags of trash in them destroyed, then you may have a problem with raccoons. Female raccoons may destroy and enter parts of your home, especially your attic, in order to create a suitable place to raise their young. Both male and female raccoon droppings may carry parasites or other diseases, posing a potential threat to the safety of you and your animals. If you come across a raccoon during the day, there is an increased chance that this creature is injured or infected with rabies.

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Dangers of Raccoon Infestation

When raccoons decide to den in attics, they can cause significant property damage. The animals tear up roof shingles and damage vents to gain entry. They establish latrine sites that can pose serious health risks if located on residential properties. In addition to rabies, raccoons spread diseases and parasites like raccoon roundworm, tularemia, giardia, salmonellosis, and leptospirosis. They also destroy home gardens, birdfeeders, and make messes of trash cans and garbage bins.

Humane Raccoon Removal & Control Strategies

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Entry into property

Wherever there are acceptable food sources, raccoons will set up denning sites. Residents may inadvertently invite raccoons into their yards by leaving pet food outdoors overnight or not sealing trash bins with lids. Though rare, they will venture inside through cat or dog doors if emboldened by the availability of food. Occasionally, raccoons make their dens beneath porches or inside unused attics.

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Trapping & Removal

Raccoons are one of the most aggressive animals, and are known to carry several different types of diseases. For this reason, great care should be used in raccoon trapping and removal. Due to their cleverness, nocturnal behavior, and natural agility, raccoons resist removal attempts made by inexperienced property owners. As they can also carry diseases, it is dangerous to approach the animals. Contact the trained specialists at Trutech for all your raccoon trapping, removal, and control needs.

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Prevention & Exclusion

One of the most effective forms of raccoon control centers on keeping food sources to a minimum. In order to secure gardens, residents should run electrified wiring around the perimeter of fences, as raccoons are adept climbers and will not be stopped by regular fencing. Place large squirrel or raccoon baffles on the base of birdfeeders or frequently climbed trees, and secure garbage cans with tight-fitting or locking lids. To keep the creatures from gaining access to attics, trim back overhanging tree limbs and ensure all vents and windows are secured.

Raccoons in House

Raccoons thrive in suburban environments and frequently invade homes where they benefit from central heating and steady access to foods. Female raccoons primed to raise litters are particularly fond of infiltrating buildings to set up nest sites in attics, between walls, and inside chimneys. As the pests are adept climbers, they take advantage of nearby trees, downspouts, and utility poles to gain access to homes. Uncovered chimneys and vents, torn screens, loose shingles, and broken windows also heighten the possibility of finding raccoons in the house.

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SIGNS OF A RACCOON IN THE HOUSE

Individuals will be clued into the presence of raccoons in houses by sounds and smells. For instance, the pests designate areas inside homes to be used as latrines, which spread pungent and vulgar smells throughout buildings and even stain walls and ceilings. Scurrying and squeaking sounds that intensify over the course of the night also alert residents to raccoon presence. Finally, missing shingles, torn insulation, and holes in the wall generally point to the existence of raccoon infestations.

Raccoon in Attic

Raccoons are agile and intelligent creatures that often make their nests inside attics. They gain access by climbing downspouts, scaling siding, and walking across overhanging tree branches. Unsecured vents, chimneys, and attic windows also aid in easy entrance. If raccoons are determined enough, they may even rip apart siding and bend open vent covers to enter attic spaces. The raccoons most likely to choose attics as nesting sites are females seeking warm, sheltered places to raise their young, which makes them very defensive and difficult to remove.

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SIGNS OF A RACCOON IN THE ATTIC

Thumping, rustling, and scratching sounds coming from the attic are clear indications of animal infestations. Raccoons are especially playful and like to tumble about, making loud noises that disturb residents. Young raccoons also like to chatter and chirp when calling for their mothers. Additionally, while raccoons generally dispose of waste away from nesting sites, they may let their droppings and urine collect in attics. The overwhelmingly foul smell quickly permeates houses.

Raccoon under the Deck

The spaces beneath decks are especially inviting because they allow raccoons to remain in close proximity to sources of food and water.

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SIGNS OF A RACCOON UNDER THE DECK

Property owners may be alerted to the presence of raccoons under decks through various sights, sounds, and smells. The pests designate an area to eliminate waste, known as raccoon latrines, that smell abhorrently and contribute to the spread of disease. Finding a latrine in the yard is a sure sign of infestation. Additionally, raccoons make scratching noises and vocalizations throughout the night that may keep residents awake. The presence of tracks around private properties also points to the existence of raccoons under decks. Finally, individuals can test for the presence of the pests by situating a few sticks just outside deck openings. Placing them so that no animal could move through without disturbing the sticks allows for safe raccoon detection.

Raccoons in Trash

Raccoons keep varied omnivorous diets and common meals include berries, nuts, fish, insects, waterfowl, and bird eggs. As the pests are also opportunistic feeders, they won’t hesitate to scavenge in trash cans and compost piles for discarded bits of human food. Raccoons are especially enticed by garbage bins without well-fitted lids as their nimble hands and impressive dexterity allows them to easily break into the trash.

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SIGNS OF A RACCOON IN THE TRASH

Since they are voracious and messy eaters, raccoons leave behind telling signs of their presence. In the search for bits of digestible food, the pests discard paper products, plastic bags, and similar pieces of garbage. Therefore, when property owners are dealing with raccoons in trash, they’re likely to wake up to debris strewn about their yards. Additionally, given the prospect of a steady food source, raccoons will construct nests nearby. Individuals may also be alerted to raccoons in the trash by the sighting of adults, tracks throughout lawns, and the odorous presence of raccoon latrines.

Raccoons in Backyard

Signs that raccoons are in the backyard include ransacked trash cans, empty bird feeders, tracks, the presence of urine and feces, and garden damage. Their unique ability to grasp objects with their opposable thumbs coupled with their natural curiosity frequently leads raccoons to break into homes and outdoor sheds. Finally, expensive landscaping is often damaged in the pest’s search for insects found in the soil.

Raccoons in Trees

Though sightings of the pest are rare given their nocturnal nature, property owners are able to detect the presence of raccoons in trees many other ways. For instance, raccoons often leave tracks in the dirt around the base of trees they’re living in. These tracks are distinct in their resemblance to tiny human hands. Their claws, which make them excellent climbers, are used to scratch trees, walls, and fences, and finding scuffed paint and tree bark typically points to raccoon infestations. At night, residents may hear chattering, growling, or snarling sounds. Finally, the presence of droppings at the base of trees points to the existence of raccoon populations in the area.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Raccoons typically cause problems by rummaging through garbage cans, raiding pet food, and disrupting quiet neighborhoods at night. However, like most wildlife, raccoon behavior may turn aggressive when these pests feel threatened.

Raccoon teeth and claws are sharp, and these powerfully built animals can reach up to 20 pounds in weight. As a result, a raccoon attack, though rare, can be dangerous to people, cats, and dogs.

There are a number of diseases that people can be exposed to by coming in contact with raccoons. The common ones include rabies, leptospirosis, and baylisascaris infection. These raccoon diseases have symptoms like pain, fatigue, fever, vomiting, and diarrhea that mimic the flu, making many victims underestimate the need to seek medical attention. Left untreated, more serious ailments like organ failure can develop.

Many residents want to know how to deter raccoons rather than how to trap them. Trapping is an effective way to remove these pests, but it also comes with some dangers to users. Several raccoon deterrents may help while posing less risk.

Scare and Harassment Tactics

Raccoons prefer dark, quiet places like attics, chimneys, or gaps beneath decks. Keeping these areas well-lit and playing loud music can disturb their rest and force the pests to move. Pinwheels, balloons, or empty soda cans blowing in the wind may also deter raccoons.

Unfortunately, sound, light, and frightening tactics become less effective as the animals get used to them. These cheap, easy methods are a good first step but may not be enough to keep raccoons away for good.

Habitat Modification

Eliminating sources of food and shelter in the yard is another raccoon deterrent. Homeowners can:

  • Screen attic, porch, and foundation vents with heavy duty wire mesh.
  • Secure the garbage can lid with bungee cords or buy a new bin with a tight-fitting lid.
  • Remove outdoor pet food or seal it in secure metal or glass containers.

Certain tastes and smells may also repel raccoons. Homeowners can buy a wide variety of sprays, granules, and oils that claim to drive away these pests.

Taste Raccoon Repellent

Since raccoons dislike spicy tastes, some homeowners spread hot pepper products over areas where the pests like to climb or dig. Many sources suggest cayenne pepper, but this is often not potent enough to keep raccoons away. Hotter oils may harm plants, pets, birds, and beneficial insects like lady beetles and honey bees.

Odor Raccoon Repellent

Many stores also sell fox, coyote, or bobcat urine as a raccoon repellent. While the smell of fresh waste from one of these natural predators may keep the pests away, urine granules usually don’t have much effect.

Mothballs are another common scent deterrent that pest experts do not recommend. They can be toxic and are harmful to pets, humans, and other wildlife as well as raccoons. In fact, these intelligent pests may just bury or remove odor repellents to get rid of the smell.

Property owners may be alerted to the presence of raccoons under decks through various sights, sounds, and smells. The pests designate an area to eliminate waste, known as raccoon latrines, that smell abhorrently and contribute to the spread of disease. Finding a latrine in the yard is a sure sign of infestation. Additionally, raccoons make scratching noises and vocalizations throughout the night that may keep residents awake. The presence of tracks around private properties also points to the existence of raccoons under decks. Finally, individuals can test for the presence of the pests by situating a few sticks just outside deck openings. Placing them so that no animal could move through without disturbing the sticks allows for safe raccoon detection.

Thumping, rustling, and scratching sounds coming from the attic are clear indications of animal infestations. Raccoons are especially playful and like to tumble about, making loud noises that disturb residents. Young raccoons also like to chatter and chirp when calling for their mothers. Additionally, while raccoons generally dispose of waste away from nesting sites, they may let their droppings and urine collect in attics. The overwhelmingly foul smell quickly permeates houses.

Since they are voracious and messy eaters, raccoons leave behind telling signs of their presence. In the search for bits of digestible food, the pests discard paper products, plastic bags, and similar pieces of garbage. Therefore, when property owners are dealing with raccoons in trash, they’re likely to wake up to debris strewn about their yards. Additionally, given the prospect of a steady food source, raccoons will construct nests nearby. Individuals may also be alerted to raccoons in the trash by the sighting of adults, tracks throughout lawns, and the odorous presence of raccoon latrines.

Though sightings of the pest are rare given their nocturnal nature, property owners are able to detect the presence of raccoons in trees many other ways. For instance, raccoons often leave tracks in the dirt around the base of trees they’re living in. These tracks are distinct in their resemblance to tiny human hands. Their claws, which make them excellent climbers, are used to scratch trees, walls, and fences, and finding scuffed paint and tree bark typically points to raccoon infestations. At night, residents may hear chattering, growling, or snarling sounds. Finally, the presence of droppings at the base of trees points to the existence of raccoon populations in the area.