Need A Raccoon Removed From In Or Around Your Michigan Home Or Business? Give Us A Call!
Raccoons are real rascals, and when they’re in or around your home, they can make your life a nightmare. As nocturnal animals, they begin all their noisy activities — like scratching, walking around the attic, and tipping and raiding the garbage cans — at night. And you wouldn’t believe the damage that one raccoon can do in your home!
So how can you be sure your troubles are raccoon-related and what can you do to eradicate the issue? When you have an animal in your attic and you haven’t actually seen it, it can be difficult to determine just what kind of animal it is. Here are some tips to help you determine whether or not you have a raccoon problem:
- Do you hear the thumping of footsteps in your attic? Squirrels and rats will scurry and scamper, but raccoons will actually walk around, so listen closely!
- Do you hear scratching noises, chirps, and growls? Sounds like a raccoon!
Are Raccoons Dangerous?
These fearless furries aren’t scared of much and can attack when they feel threatened, so don’t ever attempt to go after a raccoon or let your pets go after one. They can seriously harm and even kill cats, dogs, ornamental fish, birds, and other pets, so it’s best to keep pets away.
Additionally, raccoons are oftentimes carriers of rabies and their feces can expose you to a dangerous roundworm and the Giardia infection, both of which are potentially fatal to you and your pets.
How Can I Get Rid Of Raccoons?
Raccoons are protected against forceful eviction here in the state of Michigan, so only a certified company is approved for raccoon relocation. Additionally, it is illegal and inhumane to poison a raccoon or smoke a raccoon out of your chimney. In many cases, these raccoons have babies with them, who will not be able to crawl out of the chimney.
You can, however, attempt to trap the raccoon yourself, by setting bait (they love eggs!) and waiting for the raccoon to enter the trap. Make sure that the trap is large enough, as it is unlawful to hurt a raccoon. Once you have the raccoon in the trap, call Wildlife Control Services and have them transfer and release the animal. You’ll also want them to check the attic for baby raccoons before leaving.
Note: When you set a trap with bait, you may end up trapping an unintended animal, like your neighbor’s cat or a skunk.
Why Do Raccoons Invade Homes & Businesses?
Raccoons are food-motivated and love the suburbs, where food is plenty. They know that if they hang out near homes and businesses, they’ll never have to worry about finding food. Since they’ll eat almost anything — from pet food to eggs, meat, and anything else in your trashcan — it’s difficult to deter a raccoon.
But why attics? Well, when it’s time for a female raccoon to have babies, she wants to do so in a warm, safe, well-protected area. What better place than an attic? There’s typically very little human disturbance, and the raccoon doesn’t have to worry about the elements.
Once the babies are grown, it’ll only be a short while before they’re ready to have babies of their own, so if you don’t have the help of a wildlife control company, one raccoon in your attic can quickly turn into many.
What Kind Of Damage Can A Raccoon Do To A Home Or Office?
Aside from the mental anguish you’ll feel after nights of sleeplessness, there are other damages associated with raccoons:
- They knock over trash cans and leave garbage and waste all over your property.
- Their paws can track mud and other mess all through your home or office, should they gain access.
- They can use their claws to tear up furniture and break things.
- They oftentimes nibble on wires and cables.
- They can defecate in your vents or die in your attic, making your entire home or office smell worse than the garbage all over your lawn.
I Don’t Want To Mess With It – Can Bat Removal & Prevention Help?
Yes! We can take care of everything from raccoon trapping and the removal of babies in your attic to the sealing of entry points and full attic restoration. We use humane traps to capture the raccoon and will thoroughly inspect your attic or other inhabited space, checking for baby raccoons and damage. The last thing you want is to have baby raccoons left behind to die and stink up your house.
Should we find damage in the space previously occupied by raccoons, we can fully restore the area and seal off any entry points to avoid future problems. We also provide feces cleanup services, dead raccoon removal, and decontamination services to ensure that your home or office is clean and clear of any parasites or bacteria brought in by the raccoons.
We’re not just licensed, certified, and experienced wildlife control and removal experts, we’re also licensed builders with years of construction experience. So when you call on Bat Removal & Prevention, you can expect strong, durable, and effective attic restoration services.
What’s The Best Way To Prevent Raccoon Problems?
Prevention is key to making sure raccoon problems stay in the past and don’t pop up again in the future. In addition to sealing all entry-points around your home or business, these are some of the best ways to prevent raccoon problems:
- Avoid feeding your pets outside.
- Make sure your pets sleep indoors.
- Invest in strong garbage lids that are not easily lifted.
Do you need assistance with raccoon removal? Give us a call at 248-403-8167 or fill out our online appointment request form. We offer affordable wildlife control services to those throughout Macomb, Lansing, Brighton, Ann Arbor, Fenton, Grand Blanc, Lapeer, Rochester, Oxford, Clarkston, Bloomfield, and the greater Oakland County area, and will help eradicate your animal problems fast and humanely. Don’t put up with unwanted animals in or around your home — call Bat Removal & Prevention today!