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Raccoon Removal

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Raccoon Removal Services

Raccoons are one of the most common nuisance wildlife homeowners experience. Their ideal habitat is near a body of water with nesting sites near ample food sources. Your house has all the characteristics of an ideal raccoon habitat.

If you see a raccoon on your property or see signs of raccoon activity, it’s time to start thinking about how to remove it.  Common raccoon problems include property damage, health risks, and nuisance activity like creating unpleasant odors and bothersome noises.

The experts at Trutech Wildlife Service rely on over four decades of experience and training to get raccoons out of your house safely. To remove and control a raccoon or family of raccoons on your property, we perform a thorough inspection that helps us develop a personalized raccoon removal plan. We build custom traps that are safe and humane but effectively remove the animal without putting you or your family in danger. We also seal all entry points to prevent future raccoon visits.

Dangers of Raccoon Infestation

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Nuisance Raccoon Problems

Raccoon Noises

The most common sign of a raccoon in your house is the noise. Homeowners hear movement noises like thumping and scurrying and vocal sounds. Typical vocalizations include purring, chittering, growling, snarling, hissing, whimpering, and even screeching. 

Physical Evidence

Nocturnal critters, spotting a raccoon is rare. Homeowners are more likely to see physical evidence like raccoon tracks and raccoon poop.  

Trash cans flipped over and the bags of trash in them destroyed is a telltale sign of a raccoon.

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Raccoon Damages

Health risks linked to raccoon invasions:

Raccoons can carry several diseases and parasites that can be transmitted to humans and pets. Rabies, a viral infection affecting the central nervous system, is one of the most notorious diseases. Rabies can be transmitted through bites or scratches from infected raccoons. Besides rabies, raccoons can also carry Raccoon roundworms (Baylisascaris procyonis), which can be found in their feces. Accidental ingestion or inhalation of roundworm eggs can result in serious health issues, particularly in children.

In addition to raccoon roundworm, raccoons spread diseases and parasites like rabies, tularemia, giardia, salmonellosis, canine distemper, and leptospirosis. Ectoparasites like fleas, ticks, lice, and mites can live on raccoons. These parasites can find news hosts once they have been introduced inside your house. Raccoons can introduce fleas into your house and potentially spread canine distemper to your dog.

Property damage caused by raccoons:

Raccoons are notorious for their ability to cause extensive damage to properties. They are skilled climbers and can easily access attics, crawlspaces, and chimneys. Once inside, raccoons can tear apart insulation, chew electrical wires, and damage ventilation systems. They may also create nests, leaving behind droppings and urine that can lead to foul odors and potential health hazards

Professional Raccoon Removal

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Full Inspection

We develop a custom plan to solve your raccoon problem based on our exhaustive inspection.
We first inspect the area you first noticed an issue. From there, they will look for entry points inside your home, investigate your property including your roof, and identify physical evidence like raccoon tracks and droppings.

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Raccoon Trapping

Live traps are the most effective and humane way to remove a raccoon from a property. We set and bait the traps to capture a raccoon but limited the possibilities of catching a non-target species. Each state has its own trapping and relocating laws. Once the raccoon traps are set, we check it frequently.

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Exclusion for Raccoon Control

Exclusion repairs are the most effective raccoon control. After raccoon removal, we seal all entry points with material to block all potential raccoon entry points. Some of the most common damage repairs include chimney caps, roof vents, and shingles. Once the house is protected from raccoon infestations, we apply sanitization and ectoparasite agents to mitigate the raccoon damage in your house.

What Attracts Raccoons

The ideal habitat for raccoons include ample food sources, proximity to water, and safe places to den. Your house has food sources like garbage cans, pet food, and bird feeders. Female raccoons create nest sites sites in attics, between walls, and inside chimneys to raise baby raccoons. 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.

Exclusion is the best raccoon control for your house or property. Our wildlife control professionals can then identify the point of entry for the raccoons in the attic and repair this area to ensure you will never have raccoons in your attic again.

Raccoons are one of the larger pest animals. The most common area we find them is in attics, but they can cause problems on roofs, under houses, and in your yard. Nocturnal critters, you'll hear them running and moving in the middle of the night.

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.  While raccoon repellant can help some, it is only a temporary solution

One of the larger animals that can get into your attic, ceilings have collapsed from the raccoons weight. 

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Raccoon in Attic Removal

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 in Chimney

Raccoons commonly den in chimneys because they are often unsecure and resemble tree hollows. Raccoons can manually remove chimney caps. 

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Raccoon Removal from Chimney

Do not open fireplace in an attempt to rescue a raccoon from your chimney. You will give access to your entire house to the pest. The professionals at Trutech will create an ideal solution to get rid of a raccoon in your chimney.

Raccoon on Roof

Raccoons often access rooftops by climbing trees, siding, and drainage pipes. Raccoons on roofs can cause significant damage to your property. Females are known to destroy soffits, fascia boards, shingles, vents, and insulation to establish denning sites. Once a raccoon creates or enlarges a hole in the rooftop, it becomes an easy pathway to the attic.
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Raccoon Control on Roof

Preventing a raccoon from climbing onto your roof is difficult. These clever creatures can climb virtually any surface. Raccoon traps are the best way to get rid of a raccoon on the roof, but the trap must be monitored frequently. Installing metal flashing and tree trimming is the best way to stop a raccoon from climbing onto your house.

Raccoon Under the House

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

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Raccoons Removal from under House

To get rid of raccoons under your house, we start with trapping to remove the animals currently under there and then can install a product called dig defense to keep those animals from gaining access back under decks and foundations.

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

Tree hollows are the preferred natural den site for raccoons. Though sightings of the pest are rare given their nocturnal nature, property owners are able to detect the presence of raccoons in trees. 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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Raccoons Control in Yard

Protecting your entire yard from a raccoon is not feasible. It is possible to protect target areas of your property. Installing barriers or electric fences can prevent raccoon damage inside a garden. Conical tree guards will stop a raccoon from climbing trees.

Raccoons in Trash

One of the most effective preventative measures you can take is to secure your garbage can.

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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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.

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.

Raccoons won’t necessarily go away independently, especially if they have access to food and water nearby. They may leave temporarily to visit another den but return. Unfortunately, you will have to convince a raccoon to move away permanently. Working with professional wildlife control experts like Critter Control is the best way to do this.

Critter Control technicians have traps and equipment for effective, humane removal practices. They ensure your safety and the safety of the raccoon. After removal, they implement exclusions to prevent future raccoon encounters.

The experts at Trutech first identify the extent of raccoon activity to help them create an effective removal plan. They aim to create the safest and most humane way of raccoon removal, which will likely involve using a custom trap.

When trapping, our technicians place safe and humane cage traps in areas where raccoons frequent, usually on concrete or dirt, if possible. Because traps must be checked regularly, they must be placed where they can easily access them.

Raccoons have extremely dexterous front paws with long nails that help them destroy everything they can get their hands on when trapped. For example, the lawn underneath the trap and nearby flowers or shrubbery will likely be damaged if accessible. Never go near the trapped animal to avoid getting scratched or clawed; let Trutech handle it with their safety gear.

Our experts will know exactly what to do with the raccoon after its capture. They may need to deliver it to the local wildlife department for rabies testing or obtain permission to relocate it to another property.

Many factors determine raccoon removal costs, including location, the raccoon’s condition, the type of property, the number of raccoons involved, and the time of year. You should never try raccoon removal by yourself. You may violate local or state laws and regulations, contract a disease by getting bitten or scratched, or cause further damage to your property.

At the first sign of raccoon activity, contact Trutech for a quote that includes inspecting your property, removing the raccoon, and implementing exclusions so you don’t have to worry about raccoon infestations in the future.

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