You may have seen some sound at night or around evening time originating from above. Or then again perhaps you’ve been finding your waste tossed over the garden in the first part of the day. In the event that you haven’t just speculated, id bet good money that you’ve got a happy raccoon family living with you.
You might think they are cute with their little bandit masks and adorable waddles. Sadly, raccoons are as smart and pioneering as they are messy and rude. They know a decent home when they see one and will always come back unless you take every step possible to keep them out.
Also, raccoons are subtle little fellas who can really damage your home and make a latrine out of your attic. I can’t tell you the number of calls we’ve gotten about raccoons trashing an attic, chewing through plumbing, or even jealous male raccoons taking out their anger on some young juveniles (not a pretty sight!).
Raccoons in the Attic
Mother raccoon just love attics. They are the safest places to raise young. Springtime is the prime season for young kits to be born. A female raccoon can raise several juveniles per year.
A raccoon in the attic may cause all kinds of damage in the attic. They love to chew electrical wiring as well as harm the roof and other structures. They also take up residence under sheds, in hot tubs and outbuildings. There are no truly effective repellents to be used for raccoons, so don’t waste your time. A shed is normally elevated off the ground and is perfect for raising a family. If there is shelter they will seek it!
How to Get Rid of Raccoons
It’s almost always a good idea to get rid of your raccoons by trapping them, preferably through the use of a trapping service. In any case, you do need to check state laws to make sure trapping is legal. We are fully licensed and certified in the state of Texas. Don’t just go to the hardware store and start trapping raccoons with whatever you find there.
We make sure to use humane traps, because the last thing you want is the smell of dead trapped raccoons wafting down from the attic.
Humane traps usually come in two forms
- One way trap doors
- Two way trap doors
One way traps do a decent job, but you do a much better job when you run with a two way door (because you double your chances of a catch). You want to bait your traps with something tasty. Pet food works, but you might consider a marshmallow too, since it smells delicious to a mother raccoon and its bright white color really stands out in a low light attic.
Raccoon repellents don’t really exist in any meaningful way. The best prevention method is usually making sure you don’t have any entry points. If you’re on this page, it is probably too late to consider racoon repellents.
Once your raccoons have been trapped and removed, it is vital that you find and seal the entry hole that let those critters in in the first place!
Here’s the Raccoon Removal Process we use with our clients
- Set traps and bait traps
- Catch the Raccoons living in the attic
- Remove nearby food sources
- Seal up the entry holes so they cannot return
- Clean the attic (Remove waste and replace insulation if needed)
- Repair any damage done to the interior and exterior
Raccoon Pest Control
The last thing you want to do when trying to remove raccoons is use a pest control service that will poison your Raccoons. This could be very bad news for you. Poisoning animals in your home carries a number of risks, chief among them being that you’ve now got a dangerous substance in your house. These animals move around your home and can track the poison with them, putting your family and pets at risk.
Also, most poisons make your Raccoons desperate for water, which could lead to them destroying plumbing in order to get a drink. If you don’t like seeing water spots on your ceiling, consider a different removal style. If your pest control professional plans to poison the Raccoons in your attic, call someone else!
Raccoons don’t know how to visit the toilet. So, a whole family with kits living in in an attic crawlspace will poo and pee up there and absolutely destroy your insulation. These droppings can be contaminated with raccoon roundworm and present a significant health risk to anybody contacting them.
Roundworm transmitted by Raccoons is a frequently deadly disease and regularly affects kids the most if they manage to ingest the droppings while in a yard or play area.
Raccoons can also give you rabies (this is why DIY is a bad idea! No cost savings is worth that!) as well as distemper and mange.
Raccoon Removal Cost
When looking for removal information, it’s important to understand pricing. The average cost for raccoon control in Texas runs as follows:
- Cheapest Cost ($150-300)
- This is usually the lowest end guys you’ll find doing removal work. Your mileage may vary
- This is also the cost you’d expect to pay for outdoor trapping
- Reasonable Cost ($300-$550)
- This is for the cost for removal for more serious wild animal control professionals. At this price, you can expect the job to be done right and to walk away satisfied.
- You’ll also see budget options enter this range when they need to trap in your attic
- Higher cost scenarios ($1000+)
- This situation usually means that you have a big raccoon infestation, or it will price in more serious raccoon damage repair, decontamination and waste cleanup, plus re-insulation.
Attic Cleanup and Re-insulation
Nothing says safety, security, and comfort to a wild Raccoon family like your attic. Remember, a racoon is a wild animal that wants to find comfortable, dry spaces to keep its young safe. Unfortunately, when they move in, they don’t like to go outside to use the restroom, so they contaminate the space with toxic droppings.
As part of your control program, it’s important to have qualified professionals come and clean up the mess after the raccoon removal is complete. It’s likely that your raccoons have damaged or soiled the insulation, and it will need to be replaced.
Damage Repair, and Seal Entry Holes
Once your technician removes a raccoon, you need to make sure that new house guests can’t get in. The right fencing solution, chimney cap, or other barrier will keep this problem from happening again.
Our friendly AAAC Wildlife Removal specialists are qualified to make damage repairs and seal these entry points so you don’t have to worry about your furry friends making a repeat visit!