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Raccoon Control & Prevention Services

Raccoons are mischievous animals with a distinctive white face and black fur around their eyes. Their grey coats, which are often made up of heavy underfur, keep them warm in the cold North American weather. Raccoons are known for their intellect and memory, and they can even solve puzzles. They don’t have opposable thumbs, but that doesn’t stop them from opening things with their paws and strong claws, which gives them their mischievous reputation. They’ve been known to twist open a number of doorknobs and handles, as well as hack into trash cans.

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Raccoons In The Attic

Raccoon removal from your attic is not a simple task. It necessitates awareness, experience, physical strength, and a sense of personal safety. Raccoon removal devices, techniques, and DIY guides abound on the market, but they can only partially and temporarily solve your problem. It’s best to enlist the services of a wildlife expert to find a permanent solution to your dilemma.

The female raccoon may be about to give birth, which is why she may have made your attic her new home. Raccoons need a safe and dry atmosphere in which to raise their young, and your attic is ideal. This is most common between the months of February and May when raccoon activity is at its peak. If a nursing mother is present, the babies must be removed with the mother to ensure their well-being.

Raccoons are filthy creatures that use your attic as a latrine. Their feces and urine can be stacked in one place, but they are generally scattered all over the place. Raccoon droppings are not only gross, but they are also hazardous to your and your pet’s wellbeing, as well as a source of flea and mite infestations. The area will need to be decontaminated and cleaned thoroughly.

Raccoon Damage

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With a weight of 25-30 lbs. (11-14 kg), a raccoon can easily trample and compress attic insulation just by walking around. Female raccoons that are pregnant will compact and clear large areas of the attic to rest and nurse their young. All of this operation degrades and reduces the effectiveness of your insulation. In order to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer, you need a well-insulated attic. Damage from raccoons will result in higher heating and cooling bills.

Raccoons also harm ventilation and electrical systems that run through attics, in addition to insulation. These damages, if not repaired, can result in fire, water damage, and even mold.

Diseases Spread By Raccoons

Although not all raccoons carry rabies, they are a major rabies host in the United States. Just because a raccoon is around throughout the day does not mean it is infected with rabies. There are, however, several signs that a raccoon is infected with the rabies virus. Confusion and disorientation, leg paralysis or trouble walking, damp and tangled fur, significant violence, and the development of very loud, unusual noises are all signs of a rabid raccoon. Rabid raccoons can also have watery eyes and foam at the mouth.

Raccoon Preferred Habitats

North and Central America, Europe, and Japan are also home to raccoons. They can thrive in a wide variety of climates and environments due to their adaptability. They normally create dens in trees or caves, but they often build dens in barns, abandoned cars, and other man-made structures.

Raccoons are happy to make human areas their home, but they can be aggressive if humans come in close contact with them. Raccoons are known to carry rabies, roundworms, and leptospirosis, so humans should be careful when approaching them.

Diet Of Raccoons

Raccoons are omnivores, meaning they consume both plants and meat. Cherries, apples, acorns, persimmons, bananas, peaches, citrus fruits, plums, wild grapes, figs, watermelons, beech nuts, corn, and walnuts are among the plants they eat. Frogs, fish, crayfish, birds, mice, and bird eggs are among the raccoon’s favorite animal treats. Raccoons aren’t beyond scavenging human garbage or eating roadkill when food is scarce.

Raccoon Offspring & Reproduction

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Kits or cubs are the names for young raccoons that are born in the early summer. After a 60 to 73-day gestation period, females have one to seven offspring. A nursery refers to a group of mother and baby raccoons.

Babies spend the first two months of their lives in their den and are weaned between the ages of seven and sixteen weeks. They will begin to wander away from their mothers for whole nights at a time at the age of 12 weeks. At the age of 8 to 12 months, they are fully self-sufficient. In the wild, raccoons live for around two to three years.

Raccoon trapping must be performed in compliance with state law. You’ll have someone who is licensed and trained to manage the many challenges that come with wildlife removal if you hire a reputable business. We’ll make sure to put in place the appropriate precautions, such as a trap or other forms of protection. Traps can be tracked and positioned in the required locations, free of obstruction. Once the animals have been captured, they will be carefully removed from the property and taken away. Please contact us if you have any concerns about raccoon removal in San Antonio, TX.

Preventing Infestations

Female raccoons are enticed to nest by the proximity of food sources to possible den sites. One reason raccoon populations can develop quickly and become very large in urban and suburban areas is the availability of food sources. The first step in preventing raccoons is to remove food sources. All garbage, pet food, and bird feed should be secured and put away.

Raccoon Removal Process

Raccoon removal from your attic is a tricky and dangerous process. Because of the animal’s size, finding a raccoon entry point is usually easier than finding other attic invaders. Raccoon problems do not go unnoticed for as long as other attic pests do, owing to their size. On the other hand, these animals are bigger and stronger, allowing them to do more damage in less time. There are four steps to getting rid of raccoons in the attic:

Raccoon Inspection

Wild animal removal specialists are dispatched to conduct a detailed inspection of the property and identify entry points, signs of damage, and the size of the raccoon infestation.

Trapping & Exclusion

Raccoon removal isn’t always as straightforward as trapping a raccoon. Each removal situation requires different trapping practices. The most common removal method is sealing all entry points except one. The last entry point is equipped with a trap that will capture the critters on the way out.

Attic Restoration & Clean-Up

Once all animals are removed, the final entry point is sealed, and decontamination can begin. Clean-up is a necessary step because raccoon droppings and urine carry diseases that may spread to residents of the home.

Preventative Maintenance

Repairs current weak points in the home will go a long way in preventing future wildlife infestations in the attic. A Bailey’s Critter Removal technician will identify and fix issues that could allow other critters to enter your home.

Get the Help You Need

Our team at Bailey’s Critter Removal is dedicated to ensuring that your property is well-maintained and free of animal intrusion. You can expect healthy and humane raccoon removal in San Antonio, TX, if you work carefully. Call (210) 679-1487 to meet with us and set up an appointment. We’re here to help you get the resources you need to keep your property in good condition.