GET RID OF RACCOONS ONCE AND FOR ALL
Why Do Raccoons Live In Homes? Where Will They Infest?
Raccoons will live virtually anywhere. This includes your home. Because raccoons have lived in urban areas for so long, they no longer fear humans. This makes the problem worse for you because it means that they won’t hesitate to make their way into your home. Your home, unfortunately, is the perfect place for raccoons to live. This is worsened if you leave dog food out or have outdoor trash cans as this will provide raccoons with a food source.
Raccoons prefer to live in warm, dry, and sheltered locations. Because they’re nocturnal, they will also prefer to live in places where it’s nice and dark. Raccoons’ favorite places to make their dens, as far as your home goes, is the crawl-space or attic. Raccoons are more likely to live inside of your crawl-space because it’s a much more accessible location for them. They won’t hesitate to use their incredible climbing skills to scale trees and gain access to your roof and crawl into your attic.
Why Should I Have Raccoons Removed?
Raccoons may appear cute and cuddly, but they are still wild animals. Furthermore, they are known for being highly aggressive. Raccoons won’t hesitate to strike at you if they feel cornered. Raccoons can cause a lot of harm to even an adult due to their size. If they were to attack a pet, a child, or an older family member, they could potentially cause injuries that would require a hospital visit.
Not only are they dangerous, but raccoons are also extremely destructive, look at the damage they can cause. They are known to rip apart pipes, insulation, drywall, and wood. They also chew through wiring, making them a major fire risk. Having a raccoon infestation that goes without being dealt with can potentially result in thousands of dollars in structural damage. If you find yourself with a raccoon infestation, it’s imperative that you remove it as fast as possible. With that being said, how exactly do we go about removing a raccoon from your home?
How Do We Remove A Raccoon?
The staff at Frank’s Wildlife Removal follows a process that is generally used with all of our raccoon removal projects. This is just a general outline and is prone to change depending on the situation.
Finding Their Home – Inspection
Before we’re able to move forward with the removal process, our team must locate where the raccoon is living. This is done during the inspection, where we will inspect the entirety of your home to locate exactly where the raccoon is. Frank’s Wildlife Removal performs in-depth inspections where we look through the entirety of your home for the location where the raccoon is living. We will determine whether or not the raccoon has kits, as well.
Removing The Raccoon – Removal And Prevention
The removal process begins with determining the specifics of the scenario. If we discover that the raccoon has had kits, we will plan the process based around the kits. If there is just one adult raccoon, the plan will be based on the single raccoon. As you can see, the plans that we use are prone to change. When we do remove the raccoon, we prioritize its safety. We will never use inhumane methods of removal. We will also never release an injured raccoon into the wild. If the raccoon has young, it will be reunited with them. We will never separate families.
Making Your Home Safe – Cleaning Up
After the raccoon is removed and the situation is deemed safe, our team will clean up the location where the raccoon was living. This is an extremely important aspect of the process as it ensures that your home is safe and livable. We will inspect the location where the raccoon previously lived to ensure that there are no hazards to your health or safety. We will also expect the extent of damage that the raccoon caused and determine what steps should be taken next. During this step, we also make your home safe from future infestations.
If you live in Michigan and struggle with a raccoon infestation, give Frank’s Wildlife Removal a call today at (810) 691-4967!
How to Get a Raccoon Out of Your Home
Raccoons, although very intelligent and curious, can be very destructive pests. They are nocturnal mammals that spend most of the day sleeping or resting in the hollows of trees or dens. A raccoon invasion is best avoided because of the damage that raccoons can cause to your home.
They can cause severe damage to insulation, electrical, and ventilation systems, which could lead to fire, water, and mold damage. This article will discuss the various methods you can use to get a raccoon out of your home.
Use a raccoon trap
There are several types of raccoon traps that you could use to remedy a raccoon invasion. You can use a live or “restraining” trap. A live trap is designed to trap a raccoon and keep it alive until it can be safely dispatched or translocated.
Some examples of live traps include cage traps, foothold traps, and snares.
Lethal traps (e.g., body traps and deadfall traps) are designed to kill raccoons quickly upon capture.
Lethal traps are considered inhumane and are heavily regulated in some jurisdictions.
Use raccoon repellent granules
Raccoon repellent granules can be used to get raccoons out of your home.
They are a natural and effective option that can help you get rid of raccoons. Raccoon repellent granules are especially effective because raccoons hate the scent as it disturbs their sensitive noses.
The granules are a powerful sense and taste repellent that can be used to drive raccoons out of your home.
Use an ultrasound raccoon repellent
Ultrasound animal repellents are a humane method of getting rid of raccoons. Loud sounds, especially when they are sudden, can scare away these intelligent nocturnal mammals. An ultrasound raccoon repellent will emit pre-recorded predator hunting sounds and other animal distress calls that will scare off raccoons.
Ultrasound raccoon repellents can emit sounds in specific frequencies that only raccoons (and other animals) can hear. In addition, some ultrasound raccoon repellents also have a very bright and flashing LED light that can scare off raccoons.
You could install an ultrasound raccoon repellent in areas of your home where you have discovered a raccoon trail.
Use a homemade raccoon repellent
Raccoons have very sensitive noses that they use to sniff out potential mates, predators, and food.
If you want to upset raccoons and get them out of your home, then you can use a homemade raccoon repellent. You can get a gallon of water and mix it with very hot cayenne pepper. Next, spray this water and pepper mixture in areas of your home in which you suspect raccoons may be hiding or frequenting.
This water and pepper mixture is very offensive to raccoons as it upsets their noses and sense of smell.
Use rodent repellent trash bags
One of the best ways to get rid of raccoons is finding out what raccoons hate and then using your discovery against the nocturnal pests.
The use of rodent repellent trash bags is one method you can use to get rid of raccoons.
Raccoons spend their nights hunting for food, and they find trash cans particularly attractive.
How to Get Raccoons Out of The Attic
Let’s face it; raccoons can be a severe nuisance. Left unchecked, they can do serious damage to your property and make your life a misery. Yes, they may be cute and furry, but that doesn’t mean they make good housemates. Visit atticraccoon.com to learn more about raccoons in the attic.
The first step to getting rid of a raccoon infestation is recognizing the signs that you may have a raccoon problem.
How to tell if you have raccoons in the attic
If you suspect you may have a raccoon problem, keep a lookout for these telltale signs…
- Hearing footsteps.
Raccoons are nocturnal, so if you’re constantly hearing what sounds like footsteps coming from your roof space at night, it could be raccoons coming and going from their nest.
- Spot droppings or smell urine.
Raccoons that are nesting in an area will set up latrines, so scat and strong urine smells are common. It can be hard to differentiate raccoon scat from other animals, so look for other signs to corroborate. Raccoon feces and urine can be harmful to humans and animals, so wear protective gear like gloves when cleaning.
- Damage and trails.
Check around your property for any damage leading to the attic, as well as dirty smudge marks. Raccoons can force their way into a space, so look for damaged panels and vents. Also, check the attic itself for any damage to insulation. Raccoons are creatures of habit, so look for well-worn paths around 10-12″ wide.
- Fingerprints and smudges.
Raccoons have small human-like hands, so they’ve been known to leave fingerprints in the dust around the attic. You may also be able to find smudged fingerprints along drainpipes and spouts around your property.
How to get raccoons out of your attic
Know that we know what we’re looking for; the next step is to decide the best course of action for removing raccoons from your attic. Begin by trying to ascertain whether there is a single animal or a mother with young. Listen out for chirping sounds, which indicate you have a raccoon young present.
There is a strong likelihood that a raccoon seeking a warm, cozy attic is setting up a nest to rear young. If you discover any young, do not try to remove them yourself. Call a wildlife professional to remove them, and who knows how to reunite a relocated raccoon with its young properly.
If you are absolutely sure you are dealing with a single raccoon, you can give some of these steps a try.
- Live Traps.
Live traps can be a fantastic, humane way of catching and relocating a bothersome raccoon. Be sure to check your state legislation before attempting to trap a live animal, as some states have legal requirements.
- Seal gaps and openings.
This may seem like an obvious step, but sealing up and access points to your attic can prevent an infestation in the first place. You can also install one-way doors, which would allow an animal inside to escape but would block re-entry to your property.
- Humane harassment.
Raccoons are very sensitive to light, noise, and sound. Using a combination of raccoon eviction fluid, strobe lighting, and a loud radio has been proved to be very effective in getting rid of unwanted guests. Try to set up your lights and radios around dusk, as raccoons are nocturnal and can become disorientated if left to wander during daylight.
If you suspect you have a raccoon infestation in your attic, our first recommendation will always be to call a professional. Raccoons often have young nearby and may attack if they feel their young are threatened.