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During the raccoon removal services, we will also seal all raccoon entry points and reinforce any potential re-entry points ensuring that your home is raccoon-proofed. You might be thinking to yourself, this sounds expensive. Well, in some cases, it can be. The good news for you is raccoon damage is almost always covered by homeowners insurance.
When you choose our raccoon removal services, we locate the entry points, find the feces, nests, and babies if any. Usually, when dealing with a raccoon infestation the best solution is to remove all of the infested insulation in your attic. By doing this, it guarantees we have removed the entire infestation. Then we can decontaminate your attic eliminating all pathogens for your protection. Finally, we can install new insulation in your attic, restoring your attic to its Raccoons carry a number of diseases that can be transferred to humans and pets. Raccoons are the #1 carrier of rabies which can be fatal if left untreated. They have canine distemper, which can kill your dog.
Their feces usually contain raccoon roundworms. If not removed and decontaminated the spores in their feces can be inhaled by humans or pets causing them to become infected. It is extremely important to remove any raccoons and feces from the house.
A number of different parasites and diseases affect raccoons such as ticks, fleas, lice, tapeworms, tuberculosis, and manage the disease
Humane Raccoon Removal
Raccoons are one of the most popular wildlife species in California. Best known by the black mask across their eyes and their ability to break through trash cans, they have earned the name: masked bandits. Thanks to their immense strength, dexterity, agility, and adaptability, their notoriety knows no bound.
Although raccoons are primarily wild animals, over the past few decades, their interactions with humans have been on the rise. This can be mainly attributed to habitat loss caused by human actions. Furthermore, raccoons have learned that there’s a lot to gain by hanging around human settlements.
Some notable examples include:
- Living in the attic or chimney to get warmth and safety from predators.
- Living under the house (shed, deck, or patio).
- Stealing leftovers from the trash cans, pet food, and bird seeds.
- Eating fruits and vegetables from the garden.
- Easy access to water from swimming pools and pet water bowls.
But for any homeowner, the presence of raccoons can quickly become a nightmare because of the destruction they leave in their wake.
Are you currently dealing with a raccoon infestation, and you’ve tried all you can but to no avail? Promptly contact us at A Team Services to get rid of these nuisance animals from your Los Angeles County or Orange County property.
Now, let’s take a deeper dive into our raccoon removal process. But first, why are there raccoons on your property?
Raccoons are primarily attracted by two main factors: food and shelter.
Raccoons are omnivores. This means they pretty much eat anything. In the wild, some of their personal favorites include nuts, fruits, insects, seeds, fish, and frogs. But as highly adaptable animals, they can also eat leftovers in the trash and pet food. So when food is available, raccoons can be very persistent regardless of what you do. Understandably, good food is always worth the risk for them.
In the wild, raccoons typically like to dwell in hollow trees, brush piles, barns, and ground burrows. But in human settlements, they take advantage of the space in the attic, chimney, or under the house.
From their perspective, living near humans comes with several benefits. First off, man-made structures provide additional warmth, comfort, and safety from predators. What’s more, being close to humans means proximity to food.
Signs of a Raccoon Infestation
Through our experience of raccoon removal at A Team Services, we have noticed recurring signs of raccoon infestation when dealing with clients. If you suspect you have a raccoon infestation, here are a few signs to look out for to confirm your suspicions.
Raccoon droppings are tubular with blunted ends. They are usually dark in color – although coloration is dependent on what the animal has eaten recently. Unlike dog droppings, raccoon droppings often contain undigested seeds or other food items.
- Scratch marks
Raccoons have very powerful and dexterous paws with sharp claws. When breaking into buildings or trash cans, they leave scratch marks around.
Raccoons are extremely vocal creatures with over 200 different sounds. Some of which include chittering, growling, purring, hissing, snarling, whimpering, and even screeching. If you hear strange noises from your attic, chimney, or under your house, you probably have a raccoon infestation.
Are Raccoons Dangerous to Have Around?
Wild animals are unpredictable – and raccoons are no exception. Some of the risks posed by raccoons include:
- Damages to building
Raccoons are destructive critters. In the building, they will break through vulnerable wood, tear off the insulation, rip apart pipes, and wreak all kinds of other damages.
Raccoon droppings and urine have an appalling odor. And since raccoons leave lots of waste, with time, it accumulates and reduces the air quality of your home.
- Danger to pets and humans.
When cornered, raccoons can become very aggressive to pets and even humans. That’s why care should be taken to avoid confrontation with a raccoon. Using A Team Services will take this burden off your shoulders.
- Risk of diseases
Raccoons are carriers of several zoonotic diseases including canine distemper, rabies, infectious canine hepatitis, and raccoon parvoviral enteritis, among many others. They transmit these diseases through their saliva, scratch, biting, and body fluids. That’s why you should always avoid direct contact with raccoons.
Raccoon Removal Process
There is no one-fits-all approach when dealing with a raccoon infestation. That’s why effective raccoon removal requires an adept understanding of raccoon behavior. This helps you correctly assess the problem and devise effective solution tactics. But in general, here’s how the raccoon removal process work:
Get rid of attractants
If you’re serious about getting rid of raccoons, the first thing you must do is get rid of what’s attracting them. If you don’t, nothing else you do will matter because they will keep returning. Hence, you want to deny raccoons access to food and shelter on your property.
To get started, do the following:
- Ensure that you use aluminum trash cans with tightly secured covers so raccoons won’t break through them.
- Ensure that you take your pet food inside at night
- If possible, fence your garden to deny raccoons access.
- Ensure that you remove debris, fallen leaves, and fruits from your yard and property.
- Never deliberately feed a raccoon. If you do, it’ll keep coming back
- Ensure that you seal all potential entry holes to your house.
- Also, repair vulnerable spots.
Now that you’ve gotten rid of the primary source of the infestation, it’s time to get rid of the infestation problem. The following steps show you how to do that.
Perform a full inspection
You want to figure out the extent of the infestation problem. This includes how many raccoons you’re dealing with, where they’re residing in your property, how they got in, and the damages they’ve caused. A thorough inspection of your property enables you to answer these questions. Armed with this knowledge, you can devise an effective control strategy.
Now that you have a solid idea of what you’re dealing with, it’s time to devise and implement an effective control strategy. At A Team Services, we make use of several control techniques depending on what’s best for the unique needs of our clients.
Some of these techniques include:
- Exclusion devices
Exclusion is a great way for getting rid of lone raccoons from the attic or under the house. All you need to do is seal up all potential entry holes except one. You then install an exclusion device in the last hole. Once the raccoon leaves through the hole, it is unable to get back in. Then the last hole can be sealed.
- Trapping and relocation
Imagine you have a female raccoon with her babies (also called kits) in your attic. Exclusion won’t work because once the mother leaves, it is unable to get back in, thereby leaving her kits to die.
In such a scenario, trapping is a better option. When the mother is absent, the kits can be handpicked and used as bait to lure the mother into a live trap. Once this is accomplished they can all be relocated.
Trapping and relocation can also be used to get rid of persistent raccoons in the yard or garden.
Although quite expensive, when done right, fencing your yard is very effective for keeping raccoons away. A low, two-wire electric fence can also be used to protect your garden from raccoons.
From mothballs to cayenne pepper, there are several raccoon repellents in the market. However, they have limited effectiveness. This is especially true if the root cause of the infestation is not addressed first.
Raccoon droppings and urine contaminate the entire space, serving as breeding grounds for bacteria. That’s why you need to clean up the area and kill pathogens with an enzyme-based disinfectant.
What’s more, all the damages done by the raccoon need to be repaired. This may include replacing the insulation, pipes, wood, or electrical wires.
Why A Team Services?
Raccoons are very destructive animals. Coupled with the fact that they carry several dangerous diseases, unskilled homeowners should not deal with them. You should turn to a professional like A Team Services.
At A Team Services, we are great at what we do. And as a licensed removal company, we can help you eradicate your raccoon problem permanently.