Raccoons are at home in their habitat, but when they invade your home, consider a raccoon removal process.
Raccoon removal varies based on where the problem is. How you solve a raccoon problem in the attic is profoundly different from getting rid of the varmint in the yard. Raccoons are nasty animals and can be dangerous. They don’t take kindly to being caged or trapped. With this in mind, be very careful when attempting to catch one but especially alone.
Raccoons carry diseases such as rabies and raccoon roundworm which are easily spread to other animals or people. Few people are familiar with raccoon roundworm, but it can be life-threatening. Therefore, it’s imperative to remove raccoons promptly and carefully.
How to Remove Raccoons in Your Home
Mainly, raccoons take up space in the attic, and because of the size of the animal, it makes locating the point of entry easy. It makes removing them a challenge, however, so it’s a good idea to leave raccoon removal up to professionals. Since these are sizable animals, they can do a lot of damage in a short time. Experts recommend this four-step strategy to get rid of the intruders.
Step 1: A Thorough Inspection
Always start with a professional inspection, no matter the pesty problems. To get rid of raccoons, finding them is the first step. Next is learning where they come from, and why they chose that spot to occupy. Once those questions have answers, a solution can exist. Experts can then put together a plan specifically for that home.
Step 2: Removing the Raccoon
The raccoon removal process is not as easy as catching one. Often, where there is one raccoon, there are baby ones left to roam in the attic and the yard. Besides that, there are several places to store food. On that note, finding the food piles can be problematic and this is why hiring an exterminator is a good idea.
Step 3: Raccoon Removal by Eviction
The third step is to fix the vulnerable spots in the home that allow these rascals to come in. Since these are enormous creatures, meeting a raccoon while evicting him could be scary. If they can damage a home, they can do harm to a human.
Step 4: Attic Restoration
Besides doing damage to a person’s home, insulation, and attic, they also poop in the same location. They make a mess and the droppings stack up as a consequence of their limited travel space. It makes raccoon removal and restoration necessary.
How to Remove Raccoons in the Yard
Simply trapping and raccoon removal is only half the battle. You still may need to clean the lawn or poop from the pool if there is one. However, if raccoons are a problem, they may require future trappings. The job is not over if they caught only one animal. Disposing of the wild animal is another task to consider, and there may be state laws dictating raccoon removal.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has the following recommendations for raccoon control:
“Do not leave pet food outside. Feed pets only as much as they will eat at once, and remove all leftovers. If necessary, place pet feeders in an enclosed area such as a porch, garage, or barn. Keep garbage bags in an entryway [sic] or garage, and in a metal can. Essentially, make it difficult for raccoons to get food.”
Enclose flower beds with an electric or wire fence. Tie the wires to an insulated post, inches above the ground, making it impossible for the critter to infiltrate the garden. Build the fence before it’s time to pick any vegetable that may be ready for pulling. Ensure exterminators blocked all openings to porches and attics off to minimize entry into the home.