Houston raccoon removal

How to Get Rid of Raccoons?

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Are Raccoons in your yard?

The first thing that you will need to do to get rid of raccoons in your yard is to rid your yard of any trash or debris and make sure that it is clean.  Raccoons can’t resist trash.  Raccoons run, swim, jump, climb, and are very clever. That makes it easy for them to get into trash cans. Raccoons are usually active at night , which is when they feed.  Raccoons are not very choosy, therefore they will eat anything. If you have fallen fruit , a garden with fruits and vegetables, fish ponds, pet food, bird food, grubs,  a bird bath or anything that would be considered edible or drinkable, it is susceptible to being feasted on by a raccoon.  

 

Signs that a raccoon is visiting your garden and yard are: Empty, or destroyed bird feeders in the mornings, missing fish from a water fountain or garden, trash strewn about or garbage can lids open, holes in mulch and lawn, droppings on logs and wood piles, and near the bottom of trees, and half eaten corn stalks and produce. You can get rid of raccoons in your yard by  cleaning up, adding a fence, removing  food, and ensuring pets are not left out and sealing pet doors if you have one,  and  making sure trash is protected. 

 

Remove wood piles, thin out overgrown shrubbery, trim tree branches to reduce access to your roof. If you can, try to cut overhanging branches so that there is a 5-foot gap between your roof and the tree. You might also consider getting rid of trellises and arbors that offer easier access to your roof. Although these steps will help to get rid of raccoons in your yard, the best step to properly ensure that raccoons are removed is to call a professional.  We use traps to capture raccoons and release them to the proper environment

Clean up messy yard to get rid of raccoons

Are Raccoons living under your house?

When trying to get rid of Raccoons living under your house you need to exercise caution. Raccoons may be cute and look harmless, but they can definitely cause damage to your home, property, or both. Don’t underestimate raccoons because they are cute.  They carry diseases, such as roundworm and rabies, and they quickly lose their fear of people. Raccoons can be vicious and will fight ferociously when cornered. 

 

If these pests have set up a house in the space beneath your home, you’ll want to hire a professional immediately. If raccoons can gain access to get under your house, they will use their strength to pry away loose wood and even tear large holes through the lattice.  Once they gain access they create damage, make noises, leave tubular droppings, and set up  nests. Steps that you will need to  take to rid raccoons living under your house are: check to see if the raccoons have babies living under your house.  If raccoons have a litter of babies you need to back away and contact a professional for the proper steps. 

 

There are also local/state laws that need to be properly followed.  Remove pet food, trash, fruits and vegetables, and anything that would attract raccoons. Cover areas of access when raccoons exit. Chimneys are a favorite nesting spot of raccoons, which is why it’s a good idea to cover yours with a spark arrestor or chimney cap. Make sure the cap is tightly secured upon installation to prevent raccoons from pulling it loose. You also want to make sure there are no animals inside the chimney before covering the opening.Hire a professional so that raccoons are humanely trapped and removed from your property. 

 

 

There are things that you don’t want to do when dealing with raccoons. Never attempt to handle raccoons. Don’t attempt to pick up raccoons or babies, don’t feed raccoons, never let raccoons into your property, never let your pets near raccoons, don’t try to trap raccoons on your own, don’t use over the counter repellents and substances. It is best to contact a professional. They can properly remove raccoons and keep you and your family safe.

Raccoon removal costs vary depending on the location of the infestation, the number of pests there, and the methods used for removal. On average, raccoon pest control costs range from $300 to $550 with most homeowners paying $450 to set traps, relocate the raccoons, and clean up and repair the affected area on your property. The cost may go as high as $1,500 to trap and relocate a family of raccoons —the mother and babies— and assist with structural repairs. Contact us for more information  and quotes.
We service Houston, Spring, The Woodlands, Tomball and Cypress.

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