It’s not easy to get rid of raccoons in the attic. There’s no magic spray or ultrasonic sound device or any gimmick that will make them leave. They need to be trapped and removed.
They are so cute, aren’t they, with their little bandit faces and their furry little striped bodies and their inquisitive eyes that just seem to look so lovingly into yours? But do you really have any idea how horribly destructive raccoons are? You might be surprised to learn that they are the single most destructive animal in all of Alpharetta and the surrounding area.
Now that you know that, simply stated, you want them out of there, right now! They are tearing up your house! Sure, your neighbors think they’re fun little animals, and so cute, and they just love to take treats, but once they find their way into your home, it is pandemonium. Raccoons cause billions of dollars’ worth of damage in any given year to homes and businesses. How do they do it? Well, they manage it by invading ductwork and vents, ripping up attic insulation, leaving droppings all over the place and spreading diseases.
The first thing, obviously, that you are going to have to do is get rid of the raccoons, right now. This means that they ae going to have to be trapped and then re-located to a place where they are not going to encounter humans. Then, you must make your property look less appealing. So, get rid of your garbage and anything else that might look like food or a source of entertainment to a raccoon.
The other thing that you need to keep in mind right from the outset is that raccoon removal is not something that you should try to do on your own – it is a job for the pros. Raccoons might look cute, but they are wild animals and they can give you a nasty bite. So, do not try to cuddle up to them – let the experts at Grade A Critter look after the job. That also goes for any wildlife nuisance removal issue you might have. These situations should always be handled by license professionals who have the knowledge, the equipment, and the technology to get the job done. Animal trapping is not a hobby – it is a profession.
At Grade A Critter in Alpharetta, we know how to remove nuisance wildlife. As experts in nuisance animal removal, we can get rid of your raccoon or whatever else is troubling you without you needing to risk your health and safety. Any type of critter removal in Alpharetta falls under our expertise, so call us at 770-713-4552 to have one of our wildlife removal service experts get in touch with you to discuss raccoon removal and trapping options. This goes beyond raccoons, too, to any other pest issue you might have.
The raccoon (Procyon lotor), also called “coon,” is a stocky mammal about 2 to 3 feet (61 to 91 cm) long, weighing 10 to 30 pounds (4.5 to 13.5 kg) (rarely 40 to 50 pounds [18 to 22.5 kg]). It is dis- tinctively marked, with a prominent black “mask” over the eyes and a heavily furred, ringed tail (Fig. 1). The animal is a grizzled salt-and-pepper gray and black above, although some individuals are strongly washed with yellow. Raccoons from the prairie areas of the western Great Plains are paler in color than those from eastern portions of the region.
The raccoon is found throughout the United States, with the exception of the higher elevations of mountainous regions and some areas of the arid Southwest. Raccoons are more common in the wooded eastern portions of the United States than in the more arid western plains.
Raccoons prefer hardwood forest areas near water. Although commonly found in association with water and trees, raccoons occur in many areas of the western United States around farmsteads and livestock watering areas, far from naturally occurring bodies of permanent water. Raccoons den in hollow trees, ground burrows, brush piles, muskrat houses, barns and abandoned buildings, dense clumps of cattail, haystacks, or rock crevices.
There are no practical means of modifying habitat to reduce raccoon depredations, other than removing any obvious sources of food or shelter which may be attracting the raccoons to the premises. Raccoons forage over wide areas, and anything other than local habitat modification to reduce raccoon numbers is not a desirable technique for reducing damage.
Raccoons sometimes will roll up freshly laid sod in search of worms or grubs. If sodded areas are not extensive, it may be possible to pin the rolls down with long wire pins, wooden stakes, or nylon netting until the grass can take root, especially if the damage is restricted to only a portion of the yard, such as a shaded area where the grass is slower to take root. In more rural areas, use of electric fences may be effective (see section on exclusion). Because the sod-turning behavior is most prevalent in mid- to late summer when family groups of raccoons are learning to forage, homeowners may be able to avoid problems by having the sod installed in spring or early summer. In most cases, however, removal of the problem raccoons is usually necessary.
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