Do you hear loud chirping sounds at night coming from your chimney or attic? Does it sound like a growl or a scream? Raccoons can find their way into attics and chimneys through attic fans or roof vents, and sometimes they find weak spots on a building and tear up a hole to create an opening for themselves.
For instance, a mother raccoon looking for the ideal secluded place to hide away her babies while nursing them will most likely tear up anything in her path in search of shelter. Mother raccoons prefer to make their nests in attics or chimneys and if there is a litter of raccoons living in your building, you’ll likely hear some strange sounds at night.
Adult raccoons are great climbers, and they climb a lot of trees in the wild. This innate climbing skill enables them to easily climb buildings to seek shelter, and they commonly like to live in chimney flues.
The smoke shelf in chimneys also serves as a great spot for mother raccoons to hide their babies plus the temperature of chimneys is almost similar to that of trees, therefore, making it ideal for these mammals.
Raccoons will go out in search of food at night and return just before sunset, so after sunset and before sunrise are the most common times you’ll hear them chirping or growling.
Dangers of having raccoons on your property
Raccoons have become adapted to life in towns and cities, and we now have more raccoons living in urban areas than in forests. These animals have learned to find food and shelter in homes.
And since they have become comfortable living among humans, raccoons are no longer afraid of humans, and they don’t hesitate to tear their way into buildings in search of a conducive environment for living and breeding.
However, raccoons in your home are still bad news for a number of reasons.
- Raccoons will cause structural damage to a building by tearing up holes to create the perfect entry and exit point in a building for themselves.
- They can ruin clay tiles and dislodge mortar just by repeatedly climbing in and out to forage and rest.
- They raid garbage cans in search of food and scatter the trash in the process.
- They can dig up holes on the lawn and leave tracks of poop around your property, even in the swimming pool.
- Raccoons act as hosts to a number of pathogens and can spread diseases such as rabies and roundworm to both pets and humans.
Raccoon trapping and removal
The best way to completely remove raccoons from your property is by trapping and relocation. However, wildlife trapping and removal is subject to state laws, and only individuals with the appropriate training and licenses are allowed to exclude nuisance wildlife.
Raccoons are a nuisance and our wildlife control team at Norcal Wildlife Removal will help you get rid of them from your building safely and efficiently. We trap and remove raccoons using the following methods.
- Carefully search the building to find out the number of raccoons we’re up against and how established they are, this helps us determine the best removal method to employ.
- We establish the best strategy for tackling the problem and set live traps at strategic locations for the animals, and with the correct baits to lure them out and into the traps.
- Monitor the traps daily to ensure the raccoons are removed immediately when they are trapped, it’s unfair and inhumane to keep animals trapped for too long.
- After the removal and relocation of the raccoons, we proceed with the thorough cleanup, sanitization, and deodorization of the affected areas of your home.
- We also carry out repairs of any damages caused by the animal and offer solutions for animal-proofing to prevent future infestations.
Wildlife trapping and removal is an art and requires training and years of hands-on experience, it’s not a great hobby or DIY project for anyone. You can sustain very serious injuries by trying to exclude wild animals yourself; a nasty fall or a dangerous bite from the animal you’re trying to catch.
These animals are “wild” for a reason, and not just because they live in the wild, these animals can be erratic and cannot be reasoned with, especially by someone who knows nothing about their habits and behavior. Your best bet for safe and efficient wildlife removal is a professional wildlife removal company like ours, give us a call today to schedule an appointment.
The damage that raccoons do to your property
Raccoons are one of the most destructive animal pests you can have on your property. They are notorious for causing incredible amounts of damage to any attic or building they get into. Raccoons are very messy animals and will always leave large amounts of fecal matter.
They are also prone to tearing apart the attic and roof shingles, these animals have a destructive nature. You can see this by watching a hungry raccoon topple and ravage garbage cans, leaving the contents littered around the lawn and driveway. If these creatures, unfortunately, find their way into your house, be very wary of them because they can do untold damage.
Damages caused by raccoons alone can cost you thousands of dollars to fix. And if not repaired, these damages can cause even more serious problems like water, fire, or health hazards. Here are some of the damages raccoons cause to homes and buildings.
Raccoons will damage attic insulation
When raccoons get into an attic, the insulation is at risk of damage. The average weight of a raccoon is about 30 lbs.; this weight is enough to flatten insulation just by constantly walking around in the attic. Raccoons also deposit large amounts of poop which will quickly mess up the entire attic.
If a mother raccoon gets into an attic, she will tear down the drywall and insulation in order to make a nest for her babies. And if this happens, expect to spend some thousands of dollars on attic repair and restoration. An attic with raccoons running about will certainly have much more than damage to insulation.
Raccoons cause electrical damage
These animals simply don’t know when to stop, they will scratch and chew up electrical wire in the attic or around the house. A mother raccoon in the attic can chew up electrical wires to use as nesting material for her babies. The problem with this is that exposed wires can spark and lead to a fire hazard.
Raccoons will also tear down weak spots under the eaves on the roof, shingles, or vents. They will take advantage of weak spots and create holes to enable them to get into the attic, and also to come and go as they please. Raccoons seem to be smart animals and when they want something, they sure do know how to get it.
Raccoons deposit large amounts of urine and feces
Raccoons on your property is bad news for so many reasons, if these animals move into your property, they make sure to come with their smelly and filthy habits. These furry animals have the habit of establishing a latrine in their environment.
A raccoon latrine is basically where these animals go to deposit feces and urine, they will constantly deposit feces and urine on a particular spot until it forms a smelly and gross pile of raccoon feces.
And if there is more than one raccoon on your property, or maybe it’s a mother raccoon and her babies, then expect the buildup of raccoon poop to happen even faster and this has some very serious health implications.
Raccoons can spread diseases
Besides the damages to property, another major problem with having these destructive animals in your house is their ability to spread certain diseases. Raccoon urine and feces contain the eggs of roundworms which can infect humans and pets.
One raccoon can excrete millions of roundworm eggs in a day, and within 2 to 4 weeks, these eggs will develop into larvae which can infect a person or other animals. When raccoons leave feces anywhere within your building or around your property, they are also leaving millions of roundworm eggs which are infectious.
One of the greatest health risks from raccoons is the Baylisascaris infection caused by the roundworm in raccoons, and symptoms include nausea, tiredness, liver enlargement, loss of coordination, disorientation, loss of muscle control, blindness, and coma.
If not treated earlier enough, this disease can be fatal or have some serious neurological outcomes. Raccoons are also one of the primary carriers of the rabies virus in North America.
Raccoons will damage your lawn and garden
Raccoons can still be a nuisance even without getting into your house. They will dig up holes around your lawn and garden in search of earthworms and grubs. As omnivorous animals, they will also help themselves to any fruits and vegetables they find palatable in your garden.
If you have a raccoon problem, call Norcal Wildlife Removal today, and we’ll take care of it. We are available to residents and businesses across towns and cities in Santa Clara County, San Francisco County, and San Mateo County.
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