Have you ever wondered what that sound is late at night? Sounds of animal chattering and large animal walking to and fro. Too big for a rodent, you might think. Maybe a squirrel? Nope. Just sounds too big for any squirrel. Raccoon you might think. Well, it is time to remove this Raccoon problem. Use this as a blueprint on how to control Raccoons and get rid of your Raccoon problem from your home. This can also be used as a guide on how to hire a pest company such as ours at All Friendly.
How did they get in you might ask yourself? Well, a Raccoon must enter and exit through your home at some area. Use the pictures below as a guide on how to control Raccoons from entering your home.
Raccoons look for easy entry areas around the foundation of the home. These areas can be easily noted around utility penetrations or the not so easy areas around decks or patios. Raccoons will enter these areas to gain access underneath crawl spaces or the basement of the home. Once Raccoons gain access through these areas they are able to access almost any area of the home, even the attic!
Most of these type of vents have very little if any screening at all. Quite often installed with bug screening. It is easy entry for any Raccoon to access these areas.
These areas are easily overlooked. The power vent pictured on the left has a small mesh screening underneath the aluminum dome. The Raccoons simply push the mesh aside and gain clearance into the attic. The typical clearance between the roof shingles and this vent is only 4-6 inches. Raccoons can squeeze into this tight opening no problem!
The flue pictured currently harbors a chimney swift, but Raccoons love them! Especially during the Spring of the year when female Raccoons raise their young. It is amazing that Raccoons can climb this 9 inch by 9 inch flue.
SAFETY CONCERNS AND RACCOON DAMAGE?
How much damage can Raccoons do? What safety considerations should you be aware of?
If left unresolved, Raccoons can do hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage to your home. The picture on the left resembles a HVAC vent that was torn up by Raccoons in St. Joseph Missouri. Fortunately for this homeowner, All Friendly was able to spot this damage and repairs were made in order to save a costly expense in heating and cooling costs.
Raccoons also pose a safety hazard. Raccoons can create latrines in the attic area which should be professionally removed. Raccoon feces have been known to carry Baylisascaris, or commonly referred to as”Raccoon Roundworm”. We typically recommend that these wastes be professionally removed by a company such as ours at All Friendly.
WHAT ABOUT REPAIRS?
Repairs should always be made after a successful removal program has ended. We suggest following your local city, state, and federal guidelines on how to remove a Raccoon from your home. Your home may need a variety of different repairs. It is important that the materials you use are high quality considering the strength that Raccoons possess. Your home may need: chimney cap, roof vent cover, louver vent/gable vent screen, and underground porch/deck wiring.
HIRE A PROFESSIONAL
This just might be one of the easiest ways a homeowner can solve a Raccoon problem. A pest professional such as ours at All Friendly should be able to: identify and diagnose if a Raccoon problem exists to the home, initiate a humane removal program, professionally clean up and sanitize feces or waste deposits, and follow-up with a permanent repair that even Raccoons won’t be able to penetrate.
All Friendly services the greater metropolitan area of St. Joseph Missouri, St Joseph Mo, Saint Joseph Mo, and surrounding communities in Northwest Missouri. All Friendly can be reached at 816-279-MOLE (6653) or visit on the web at www.allfriendly.net