Raccoons in Trees Near House
As opportunistic feeders and nesters, raccoons frequently take up residence in suburban neighborhoods where they enjoy steady access to food and shelter. The pests easily make dens under porches, inside homes, in sheds, and in trees. Tree hollows, in particular, are convenient places to rest during the day, raise young, and hole up during adverse weather.
Signs of 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.
Dangers & Removal
When raccoons make their nests in trees on private properties, they quickly become destructive. Raccoons damage property by eating garden vegetables, tearing up lawns in search of insects, rummaging around in trash cans, and defecating around yards. Their feces can spread raccoon roundworm, a parasite which can be deadly to humans. The pests also spread diseases like distemper, leptospirosis, and rabies. Given the dangers associated with their presence, property owners should never attempt to remove raccoons in trees without the aid of a professional wildlife control service. The experts at Trutech are highly trained to remove pests from residential areas in the most effective and humane way possible.
Related: Keep Raccoons Out of Trees
How can I keep raccoons out of my fruit tree?
Because raccoons will eat just about anything, your fruit tree is an easy food source. The only way to prevent the raccoons from accessing your fruit tree is by trapping and removing the populations in your area. Depending on the population size, this may be very demanding and take multiple weeks. You run the risk of solving the issue temporarily, only to have another raccoon family come along and do the same thing. Because of this, Trutech recommends a recurring trapping session multiple times throughout the year to remove any raccoons that are in your area and prevent future families that may come along as well.