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 Raccoons are among the most common pest critters found in both urban and rural settings. As opportunistic scroungers, raccoons seem to find their way into almost any area. While they may be cute little critters, they can pose serious health issues for humans, and that is why it is so important to get them removed quickly. Continue reading this article to find out more about the raccoon and how important raccoon removal is from your property.

Why are raccoons on my property or in my house attic?

The Woodlands Home Raccoon Removal: Raccoons love to eat almost any type of food they can find. Some of the most common reasons raccoons come onto your property is to snag an easy meal. Whether it is fruit trees you have in your yard or easy access to dog food or trash, raccoons love it. You could also have a good tree or shelter for denning mothers that are about to have young raccoon pups. These are all some reasons for them being on your property.

The Woodlands Attic Raccoon Removal: Sometimes, raccoons decide to enter your attic. More often than not, this is a pregnant mother who wants a warm place to raise her young. Raccoons will get up into your attic if there are easy access points and they will make a den.

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What problems do raccoons cause?

The Woodlands Raccoon Public Health Concerns: Raccoons cause destruction of property and can pose serious health issues. Among the health issues can be the potential for rabies from the raccoon attacking a person or a pet. Raccoon roundworm is also a serious disease that can harm people. Among these diseases is Leptospirosis, a serious viral disease that can be potentially fatal.

The Woodlands Raccoon Attic Infestation: In addition to these health concerns, there are destructive problems raccoons also cause. If they can find a way in, they will get into your attic and tear up the insulation and wiring. They will make a nest and raise their young, and could potentially find their way to a living space. There is also the potential for raccoons to die in your attic, causing terrible odors. As can be seen, it is best to remove the raccoons before the problems get serious. Learn more about attic clean up and restoration.

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Raccoons may seem like an easy animal to try to remove on your own. The issue with this lies in the fact that, more often than not, the raccoon that got into your attic was a pregnant mother who has made a nest and had her babies inside your attic. This poses a problem because, while you may be able to trap the mother and release her into the wild, the raccoon pups must be removed from the attic, or else they will suffer and die, causing terrible odors. Crawling through your attic that has been a host to raccoons is not a particularly good idea, as all kinds of diseases can be transmitted through places where the raccoons have defecated and urinated. The general consensus is to call in a professional wildlife removal service if you have raccoons on your property. We can remove the raccoon, their babies, close any attic openings, clean up and restore your attic

Professional wildlife services provide much more than just being able to remove the problem raccoons from your property. In addition to this, they will oftentimes provide the service of restoring and fixing whatever damage the raccoon has done to your attic. They will also be able to assess the damage and recommend solutions. In addition to all of this, they will be able to inform you about how you can prevent any future raccoons from making their way onto your property or into your attic. The wildlife removal professionals may even be able to perform this preventive service as well.

Above all, hiring wildlife & critter control professionals will help you sleep well at night knowing that the problem will be taken care of in its entirety. Assessment, removal, cleanup, preventive measures, and a safe and successful release into the wild are all steps in the process that you will not have to worry about. It is always a great idea to call a wildlife and raccoon removal service whether you think you can do it on your own or not, as there may also be legal ramifications, depending on your area.

At the end of the day, raccoons can cause serious health issues and can damage your property. It is important to remove raccoons and have it done right the first time. If you live in the Houston area (Harris or Montgomery County), Spring, The Woodlands consider reaching out to Quality Pest & Wildlife LLC, and put our years of experience to work for you today.

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How to get rid of Raccoons in my 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
  • 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. 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.

How to remove Raccoons living under my house?

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 bigger 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. Hire a professional so that raccoons are humanely trapped and removed from your property.

How to deal with Raccoons?

  • Never attempt to handle raccoons.
  • Never attempt to pick up raccoons or babies
  • Never Feed raccoons
  • Never let raccoons into your property
  • Never let your pets near raccoons
  • Don’t try to trap raccoons on your own. Contact a professional.
  • Don’t use over the counter repellants and substances

Houston Raccoon removal cost?

Raccoon removal cost varies 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.

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