Raccoon damage is a common problem for rural, suburban, and urban properties alike. These omnivorous and adaptable pests are often drawn close to homes by the promise of food. Their muscular, stocky bodies and clawed yet nimble paws aid them in opening trash cans, forcing their way into crawl spaces, and rolling up freshly laid sod in search of insects. Raccoons are also surprisingly deft problem solvers, easily scaling obstacles, reaching through chain link fences, dislodging screens, and opening chimney flues.
Types of Raccoon Damage
While their tendency to tip over trash cans and strew garbage across lawns is well known, raccoons cause other problems as well. Garden plants and some small livestock, such as chickens and their eggs, may also fall prey to the pests. However, most raccoon damage happens when the animals den or raise young in crawl spaces, chimneys, and attics. Attics are a particularly common place to find the pests, which may rip up fascia boards, soffits, shingles, and vents to get inside. Raccoon damage in the attic also includes torn or trampled insulation and ceilings stained with waste.
Removing Raccoons from Yards and Homes
Sealing exterior cracks, capping chimneys, and screening vents are all good ways to keep the pests out. If they are already present, hiring professionals is the safest removal option. Raccoon damage in the attic often includes communal waste piles that must be cleaned up before other repairs can continue. This is because the pests’ feces frequently contain the eggs of a dangerous and hardy parasite, called roundworm. Since it can be transmitted simply by inhaling waste particles in the air, it’s best to rely on the wildlife experts at Trutech to remove invasive pests and avoid future raccoon damages.