You may hear some odd sounds or noises coming from your ceiling at night, and suspect it’s an animal living in your Houston attic. Or then again perhaps you’ve been finding your waste tossed over the garden in the morning. In the event that you haven’t just guessed, I’d 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. But Raccoons native to Harris County, Texas are often unlike other nuisance wild animals like bats, rodents, squirrels, snakes, skunks, and birds. This critter is as smart and pioneering as it is 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, these animals are subtle little fellas who can really damage your home and make a latrine out of your attic. We’ve gotten many calls 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!).
Critter Problems in the Attic
Houston raccoons just loves attics. These critters know attics are the safest places to raise young in Texas. Often, Springtime is the prime season for young kits to be born. A mature female raccoon can raise several juveniles per year.
A raccoon in the attic may cause all kinds of damage in your Houston home. 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 Houston 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 in Houston
In Texas, it’s almost always a good idea to get rid of your raccoons by trapping them, preferably through the use of a nuisance wildlife removal and control service. In any case, you do need to check Texas state laws & Harris County to make sure trapping is legal in your situation. We are fully licensed and certified in the state of Texas. Don’t just go to the hardware store and start trapping the animals with whatever you find there.
In Texas, it is important 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). Often, you want to bait your traps with something tasty. Many pet foods work, 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.
Wildlife repellents don’t really remove this critter in any meaningful way. The best Houston raccoon removal method is usually making sure that they don’t have any entry points. If you’re on this page, it is probably too late to consider raccoon repellents.
Once your critter has been trapped and removed, it is vital that you find and seal the entry hole(s) that is letting wild animals gain entry.
Here’s the Raccoon Removal Process we use with our clients in Harris County and Houston, Texas
- Set traps and bait the animal control traps
- Remove the nuisance critter living in the attic
- Remove nearby food sources
- Seal up the entry holes so the critter cannot return
- Clean the attic (Remove waste and replace insulation if needed)
- Repair any damage done to the inside and exterior of the house
Wildlife Removal and Pest Control
The last thing you want to do when trying to remove raccoons in Houston is use a local pest control service that will poison the animals. 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 inside your house. Wildlife control companies local to Houston should never use poisons. These animals move around your home and can track the poison with them, putting your family and pets at risk.
Also, many poisons meant for a rodent will make a raccoon 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 Houston wildlife control professional plans to poison the animals in your house, call someone else!
These animals don’t know how to be sanitary and use a proper bathroom. So, a whole family with kits living 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 potentially deadly disease and regularly affects kids the most if they manage to ingest the droppings while in a yard or play area.
Raccoons, like bats, 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.
The Cost of Raccoon Removal in Houston
When looking for Houston Raccoon Removal, 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 call for animal removal work. Your mileage may vary when using a wildlife control option like this
- This is also the cost you’d expect to pay for outdoor trapping from a standard animal removal expert.
- Reasonable Cost ($300-$550)
- This is for the cost of animal 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 many budget options enter this range when they need to trap inside your house
- Higher cost scenarios ($1000+)
- This situation usually means that you have big raccoon problems inside your home, 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 wild animals like your attic. Remember, wild animals (like raccoons, bats, and squirrels) want to find comfortable, dry spaces to keep their young safe. Unfortunately, when they move in, they don’t like to go outside to use the restroom, so they contaminate your space with toxic droppings.
As part of your Texas wildlife control program, it’s important to have qualified local professionals come and clean up the mess after the animal removal is complete. It’s likely that your critters have damaged or soiled the insulation, and it will need to be replaced.
Signs of a Raccoon Infestation
- The smell of dung or urine: The last thing raccoons consider when they have made a den in your attic is heading outside to defecate and urinate. Especially during the winter months in Houston when it is colder outside. The scat will fall mainly in your attic and probably inside your insulation.
- Exterior damage to your home: Sometimes a wildlife infestation can be detected before it gets out of control. These critters leave signs around your yard showing they’re around as well as evidence they’re trying to break in. If the roofline, soffits, fascia, and vents have small openings, raccoons will use their teeth and claws to try to widen them. If you look outside, you will see exterior damage around drains, roof shingles, and vents.
- Sounds coming from your attic: Raccoons are usually most active at dawn and dusk, so they are less likely to be active during the day. There may be wild animals up in the loft if you hear scratching late at night or in the early morning. Noises in the attic are most always a source of concern! Most other animals, such as squirrels, bats, or rats, make small scurrying noises, but raccoons are large enough to make you feel as if there’s a real problem up there!
- Tree Limbs too close to your roof: Raccoons are not magical creatures. Your roof can’t be reached by teleportation. They need to climb on your roof to get there. Most of the time raccoons nest on roofs because untrimmed tree limbs hang too closely to the roofline. This makes it easy for raccoons to climb that tree, walk directly onto your roof, and search for a way in.
- Trash strewn around the yard: Almost like rock stars, raccoons litter your yard and leave you to clean all the garbage they dropped after partying the night away. You can generally tell if your Houston home has a raccoon infestation because of strewn trash everywhere, missing pet food, and doors that are mysteriously ajar.
- Pets behaving strangely: If your pet starts acting strangely, running around your house while whining and trying to communicate with you, then there may be wild animals in the attic.
Wildlife Removal Damage Repair, and Entry Hole Seal up
Once your technician removes a critter inside your home, you need to make sure that new house guests can’t get in. The right fencing solution, chimney cap, or other barriers 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!
Learn more about Raccoons:
- How to Prevent Raccoon Infestations
- Dealing with Raccoons in the yard
- Raccoon Nest in Your Attic
- The best tactics for Getting rid of Raccoons
- Raccoons in your attic
- Everything you want to know about Raccoon Babies
- How to get rid of Raccoons
- The best (and worst) Raccoon Deterrents
- The telltale signs of a Raccoon Infestation
- Raccoon Trapping
- Sings of Raccoons living in your Attic