Raccoon Removal

January 19, 2016

Bandit-masked raccoons are a fairly common sight around New England.  These nocturnal animals will eat just about anything they can find and have the paw dexterity to open trash barrels even if they are securely locked, rip open garbage bags and find their way into pet food or bird seed stored outdoors.  They loved to feast on just about anything to build up fat for the long winter.  During winter in cold northern climates, raccoons sleep for extended periods, although they don’t actually hibernate so you may still see them foraging around your home.  But what if they find their way into your attic, chimney, basement, shed or garage?  Let’s look at the problem of raccoon removal if one such bandit finds its way into your home.

Raccoons are an extremely common problem across our area since they need to find a safe place to find food, water and shelter in order to survive our harsh winters. With their nimble hands and excellent climbing ability, raccoons can get into tight places easily and sometimes without being discovered for some time. Once you have identified that there may be a critter problem either due to the presence of feces, debris or noises the racoons may be making, you will want to be aware of the dangers.  Some of the dangers include:

  • Raccoons are a common carrier of rabies, a potentially fatal disease.
  • They also carry canine distemper, which can kill your dog.
  • Their feces may contain raccoon roundworm, the spores of which humans can breath in and become seriously infected by, so it is important to capture raccoons using human habitat.

Getting rid of raccoons whether it is one or an entire group can be tricky.  It is our strong suggestion to contact a professional company to trap and release the animals in a way that does not put your family at risk.  Contact Pest-End for more information.  It is also our strong suggestion that a professional cleanup team be hired to remove waste from these critters as they will still contain spores that could lead to disease for you or your family members.

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