Urban sprawl, deforestation, light pollution, and loss of wildlife habitat are driving animals into towns and cities. The most common of these animals is raccoons due to their adaptability and diverse habits. They typically live at ground level, for example, but can be found in attics or burrowing under porches.
The draw is primarily food, followed by water and shelter. Raccoons are omnivorous which means they will eat just about anything. Other animals, fruits and vegetables, worms, bird seed from feeders, and garbage from an easily accessible trash can provide the next meal.
Some homeowners will attempt to trap raccoons themselves to save money. This is ill-advised for a few reasons. The first is that raccoon removal is not as easy as people think.
Placing traps in the best places depends on where tracks are noticed. Bait needs to be specific to raccoons to avoid trapping skunks, coyotes, or opossums that may be passing through. A trapped raccoon must be checked for gender to determine if a litter may be nearby.
Raccoons are wild animals and can be dangerous when cornered. They may have rabies or carry diseases and can cause serious injury if not handled properly with the right protective equipment. It takes experience to know how to control raccoons so contact animal control professionals when any wildlife activity is suspected in the house or yard.
There are preventative measures homeowners can take to avoid common raccoon problems. Trash cans should have secure lids and be kept in an enclosure to make access difficult. Install electric fences around decorative koi ponds and water features. These are nocturnal animals, so fences do not have to be activated during the day.
Animal Proof the Property before an Incident
It is usually after an incident has occurred that homeowners decide to have chimney caps, screening, and necessary repairs added to keep wildlife out. This is completed on top of the costs to repair any damage done by the invaders. Installing products before damage is done will save time, money, and aggravation that accompanies a pest problem.
Have a professional come out to the house to assess vulnerable spots and make recommendations for keep animals away from the premises. This is especially wise if pets are allowed outside at night. Go to animal control specialists for details and to schedule an on-site appointment.
Be sure you, the family, and any pets are safe from potential illnesses due to bites, scratches, or contact with droppings left in or around the house and yard. Medical costs to deal with injuries or illness and the cost of repairs to fix damage will always be higher than the cost of professional animal control services.