As with other types of wild animals that don’t mind taking up residence in human homes, how people feel about raccoons is all about context. When the furry creatures mind their own business and stay situated in the natural environment, they are appreciated as a part of nature. But when raccoons look for food in trash cans and/or enter the attic of a residence in search of a warm home for the winter, the homeowner typically wants them gone as quickly as possible.
How to Solve a Raccoon Problem
Scavenged outdoor trash cans can be one of the earliest and most obvious signs that you have a raccoon problem, but turning trash receptacles into food sources is only one of many problems that raccoons are known to cause. Additional problems include: damage to roof areas, damaged air ducts, torn pipe insulation, chewed electrical wires, trampled ceiling installation in attic spaces, and heavy collections of raccoon feces in attic spaces, which create a biohazard.
So, if you experience any of these problems that could compromise the hominess of your home, how should you solve your raccoon problem once and for all? There are four basic steps.
- Eliminate Food Sources
Raccoons typically forage for food nocturnally — and when they make their home in a residential area, food sources around residences are a primary draw. Trash cans are the most obvious source, but raccoons will also eat from bird feeders if they can reach them. The easiest ways to eliminate these food sources are to avoid placing food waste in outdoor trash containers and hang bird feeders on tree branches where raccoons would have difficulty reaching them.
- Have Raccoons Removed
If your raccoon problem is located outside the home, eliminating food sources that entice raccoons may be enough to send the animals packing. However, if raccoons are inside your home, you need to have a pest control specialist remove them. The task can often be performed in a single day, providing a fast solution for a problem that has likely lingered for months.
- Seal Points of Entry
After raccoons are removed from a residence, keeping them from reentering it depends on sealing the points of entry through which the animals gained access to the home. This is why it’s important have a pest control specialist inspect the exterior of your residence in addition to the interior. Not sealing up points of entry essentially lays out a welcome mat for more raccoons.
- Get Regular Inspections
Because it’s unfeasible to eliminate all raccoons that dwell outside of your residence, it’s a good idea to have your home inspected about twice a year to ensure that raccoons aren’t trying to enter it again. The inspections don’t cost much, but they can identify early signs of unwanted racoon activity and thus help to prevent damage to your residence that requires costly repairs.
Dealing With a Raccoon Problem?
If so, now is the time to resolve the issue. If you wait, your residence could suffer further damage, and your health could be put at risk due to growing collections of raccoon feces in your attic. If simply removing outdoor food sources hasn’t solved your raccoon problem, it’s time to contact the experienced raccoon removal specialists at Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions.
We’ll perform a free inspection of your residence, suggest the most economical, efficacious solution, and jump into action after you give us the green light. In addition to physically removing raccoons from your home, we will seal up the holes through which they entered the residence and perform regular inspections to help ensure that your home is safe from future invasions.
To schedule a free inspection, call us at (314) 732-1413, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to using our services to help you enjoy more peace of mind in your home!