Wild Animal Control

RATCOONS

 

Although raccoons are round, fuzzy creatures with bushy tails and

a black mask of fur that covers their eyes and they look like a cute

and cuddly animal, they should only be viewed from a distance

because they can be quite fearsome when approached. 

Raccoons are very adaptable and capable to coexist with us

humans. Typically will make their homes, called dens, in trees or

caves, although they will make homes in the attics of our homes,

in barns, abandoned vehicles and other man-made locations. 

They are a nuisance pest animal because they will damage gardens,

raid garbage cans, feed heavily on agricultural crops and sometimes kill poultry by raiding chicken coops. Many raccoon problems can be controlled using preventive measures. For example, to deter raccoons from raiding garbage cans, several modifications can be made. Snaps can be attached to the lid and the handle can be secured to a stake driven into the ground to prevent opening and tip-over. Placing cans in wooden bins will aid greatly in preventing them from tipping over the trash. Some people have had success with placing ammonia directly in the can to repel raccoons.

 

Pet or food should not be left outside where it is available to raccoons. Bird feeders should be placed away from trees or other structures that can be climbed by the raccoons. Predator guards can be purchased or made and installed on the feeder poles to prevent climbing.

 

Raccoons can easily access roofs by climbing trees, downspouts, vines, or a trellis located near the house. Therefore, to prevent raccoons from entering houses, the roof line and chimneys should be well-maintained. Repair any holes near the eaves of the roof and securely place a chimney cap over the chimney. Limiting the access to the roof by trimming trees and shrubs may also be helpful.

Raccoons that have already gained access into attics, flues, or storage buildings are often females seeking safe den sites to give birth and raise their young. they have a lengthy breeding season that runs from late March-May into June-July. Some denning females with young may be able to be tolerated until the young are old enough to leave the den at around 8 weeks of age. When raccoons cannot be tolerated you will need to hire a wild animal control specialist like Omega Pest Management to evict the raccoons. After confirming that the raccoons have departed, it is important to seal and remove tall entry access's to prevent recurring problems.

Its important to be able to identify the symptoms may indicate the presence of rabies, distemper or other diseases in raccoons or other mammals.  The things to be aware of are unprovoked aggression, impaired movement, paralysis or lack of coordination, unusually friendly behavior, and disorientation. Just because a nocturnal animal, like the raccoon, is active during daylight hours doesn’t necessarily mean that it is sick. Raccoons often adjust their feeding schedules, especially in the spring when rearing their young. Contact with any wild or stray animal should be avoided, especially if it is behaving abnormally. Report sick or strange-acting animals to your local police department or the animal control officer.

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