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Raccoon Removal and Control

Raccoon Control, Removal, Trapping, and Prevention

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Raccoon Info

Not only can raccoons wreak havoc on your garden and sod, the ring-tailed mammals may hit closer to home by causing damage to your house as they try to gain entry. They will also raid garbage cans in search of food. In cities and suburban areas, a chimney may serve as a comfy substitute for a hollow tree as a raccoon den site. In other cases, the intelligent “coons” tear off shingles and other structural pieces to access an attic or wall space. At this point especially, the raccoon-control experts at United Wildlife control need to be called for safe and humane removal of the animal.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do raccoons Live?

Why is a raccoon in my house?

How does the raccoon get into my attic?

Will an attic raccoon do damage?

Is a raccoon in my chimney a problem?

Will a raccoon hurt my pet?

Why shouldn't I trap the raccoon myself?

When are raccoons most active?

What do raccoons eat?

Why is it important to hire United Wildlife to remove a raccoon?

Do raccoons carry diseases?

What if there's a raccoon in my yard?

How can you help me solve my raccoon Problem?

Do conenose bugs and other insects really live on a raccoon?

• What are United Wildlife's payment options for raccoon removal?

What should I do after United Wildlife removes the racoon?



Q-1. WHERE DO RACCOONS LIVE?
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A. Though raccoons (procyon lotor) are usually found in areas with water and trees, they also can live in many different regions of the western United States. They naturally make dens in anything from ground burrows to brush piles and haystacks to rock crevices. These animals will often line the den with their fur as insulation. Once a year in early spring, the animal’s dead winter hair comes out in clumps. 

Raccoons usually live solitary lives, but they will group together for food or shelter needs. A Minnesota trapper once entered an old cabin in the winter, only to find 23 raccoons staying warm inside.

Q-2. WHY IS A RACCOON IN MY HOUSE?
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A. It’s easy to assume that raccoons only live in the wild. This is untrue. They will camp out in your parked RV, under decks and patios, in new or abandoned cars, and anywhere inside your home, garage or children’s playhouse.

As humans build their homes and businesses closer and closer to natural raccoon habitat, the animals will take up residence in manmade living spaces. These locations are warm and often surrounded by food sources for both males and femals, young and old. Females, in particular, enjoy the safety of human areas. They must protect their babies from predators, including males that desire to harm them. Attics, chimneys and crawlspaces are hot spots in your home where they seek shelter. Some mothers go so far as to tuck their babies down into wall cavities. If a male enters your home when a female is already living there, you will surely hear the sounds of mating or fighting, or both.

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Q-3. I HAVE A RACCOON IN ATTIC. HOW DID IT GET THERE?
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A. Raccoons will get into any opening they can squeeze their heads through. They can rip into a roof’s overhangs, shingles, gable vents and where two roofs meet, or simply anywhere they sense a void. They can even get into the attic through crevices in the chimney.

A raccoon getting onto your roof is no trick, either. They have front paws that are hand-like with thin, long, agile fingers which allow them to climb trees and other structures. They’ll climb right up wood siding, stucco and brick. They have even been known to open latches and turn on faucets. 

Q-4. I HAVE A RACCOON IN MY ATTIC. WILL IT CAUSE ANY DAMAGE?
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Fittingly, the name “raccoon” comes from a word that means “he who scratches with his hands.” An attic that has served as a raccoon home may have shredded ductwork. They may tunnel through the insulation, rendering it less effective. Chewing on wires and tearing insulation off pipes is not uncommon. You may come home from vacation to find your home has flooded because of raccoons chewing on water lines. This kind of damage to your residence can pose a fire hazard, raise your utility bills and cause thousands of dollars in repairs.

All this damage will affect the value of your property. It is difficult to sell a home that has a raccoon infestation and actually, it’s required by law that you fix a coon problem before you sell your home. Property value can decrease between five percent and ten percent due to an infestation.

Raccoons also go to the bathroom just like any other animal. They have a habit of choosing a particular spot as their “toilet,” and this is where your insulation will become a trampled bed of fecal matter and urine. Eventually, these bathroom smells can spread into your living area, causing a very unpleasant odor. You might get used to it, but your houseguests, neighbors and prospective home-buyers will not. Raccoon droppings look quite similar in size and shape to dog poop, about 2 to 3 inches long, though you should never examine them up close.

Q-5. I HAVE A RACCOON IN A CHIMNEY. WHY IS IT THERE?
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A. There have been many cases during spring where raccoons live and sleep throughout the day in a chimney. At night they will enter the home and raid the kitchen, leaving a mess in their wake. Not only will you have to clean up after this rampage, but don’t forget the diseases and bugs they bring along. In addition, what seems to be a safe trip to the fridge for a glass of milk may turn into a confrontation with a mother protecting her babies.

Male raccoons hide out in chimneys to brave the winter weather. Females live in chimneys because they provide a good place to have and raise their babies. They can even get into the attic through crevices in the chimney.

Even one raccoon in your chimney can make a lot of noise. They regularly whimper, scream, purr and whine. Babies will squeal or chatter—this may be what the bird sound is in your chimney.

Q-6. WILL A RACCOON HURT MY HOUSE PET?
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A. Very possibly. Because of illnesses and due to its territorial nature, a raccoon lurking on your property can pose a danger to house pets. If Fido and the raccoon engage in a battle, one of them will have to win. They have been known to kill cats, and they will tear up a dog if it’s equal enough competition, too.

Q-7. I WANT TO LEARN HOW TO TRAP THE RACCOON MYSELF. IS THAT OK?
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A. We understand the desire to take care of a raccoon problem yourself. It may be tempting to take matters into your own hands, but in the long run you could put yourself, your family and your home at risk of damage, distress and disease. Raccoons have been known to attack humans; particularly aggressive are mother raccoons that are trying to defend their babies.

A homeowner may successfully trap and kill an adult raccoon only to smell the nasty odor of five baby carcasses rotting in the wall. It can take between one and two years, depending on the size, for a body to decompose, and also for the odor to dissipate. Along with decomposing bodies come maggots and other bugs, including fly larvae.

United Wildlife raccoon control has the proper safety gear to protect employees from airborne diseases found in fecal matter, so that you don’t have to be exposed while trying to do it yourself.

When a raccoon is in the chimney, some homeowners try to smoke or burn out the raccoon. Not only is this highly inhumane, but it’s impossible to know if the “smoke-job” has successfully gotten rid of all the raccoons. United Wildlife’s trappers have special cameras to make sure all the animals are out of a chimney after trapping techniques have been used.

Q-8. WHEN IS A RACCOON MOST ACTIVE?
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A. Raccoons are nocturnal, so you won’t see or hear much from them during the day. A raccoon in your home may make thumping noises as it heads out for dinner at about 10 p.m. You may hear it again when it returns at dawn.

Raccoons don’t hibernate, but they do become inactive during harsh winter weather.

Males tend to cover more ground than females, who are usually tending to their litter of 2-6 young ones, which they have about once a year. Mating season is in the winter, and females have the litter in early spring. At about 2 months old, babies will set out with mom to learn how to find food and climb objects. The babies will play, chatter and raise a ruckus at night while their mother is out. They will start to chirp in hopes that she will return.

As the young get more independent, they pose a greater risk if they have grown accustomed to your home, simply because there are more animals that can cause more damage.

Raccoons usually live for about six years in the wild, and if they find a comfortable place in your attic, walls or crawlspace, they will keep returning over those years unless you call raccoon trappers to remove them and keep them out.  

Q-9. WHAT DO RACCOONS EAT?

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A. When a raccoon is living in your attic, he may also be looking for food. Popular food sources are trash cans and pet-food containers. They are omnivorous, eating both plants and animals. A popular tale is that the animals wash their food before eating. Whether this is true or not, they do often play with their food in water.

Raccoons will hunt down rats and squirrels that may already be living in the attic, and then feed on the rodents' existing food supply. United Wildlife’s raccoon pest control also gets complaints from residents whose pond fish are being eaten by these animals. They'll really eat just about anything.

Q-10. WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO HIRE US TO REMOVE A RACCOON?
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A. Once a raccoon gets cozy in your attic or walls, it can make a mess and cause a lot of damage that can cost thousands of dollars to fix. They'll also return year after year, using your attic as a home base — they have no problem living alongside humans. Holes used as entry will become a great place for leaks to form and a passageway for rodents, birds and insects.

They are not pleasant roommates. Adults are stocky and weigh between 10 to 30 pounds, and even up to 50 pounds. (Northern species are typically larger than southern ones.) Imagine noises from all the scratching, walking, mating, fighting, playing, growling and the crying of their babies.

Q-11. I HEARD A RACCOON CAN CARRY DISEASES. IS THAT TRUE?
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A. Raccoon waste can carry roundworm, a parasite that's eggs can cause health problems in humans who inhale or ingest them. Roundworms can live in human intestines for up to two years and cause abdominal pain, diarrhea, lung problems and, in severe cases, they can block the intestines. Since attics are commonly used as storage areas, roundworm can be a real threat when items such as Christmas decorations and baby booster seats are brought into the home after having contact with raccoon droppings.

Two other illnesses spread by raccoons are canine distemper and rabies. Distemper is a disease in dogs that is contagious, incurable and can be fatal. Domesticated dogs catch the virus when they come into contact with the bodily secretions of a sick raccoon.

Rabies, another virus, progressively paralyzes and can kill any mammal, including humans. Raccoons have recently been identified as the country’s major wildlife rabies host. Though humans should avoid contact with any raccoons, if the animal seems especially fearless around humans or is very active during the day, it could be infected. Call United Wildlife immediately at 1-888-488-1415.

Q-12. HAVE A RACCOON IN MY YARD. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
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A. Raccoons are top on the list of wildlife that destroys vegetable gardens. They'll also throw garbage around from your cans in search of food. They enjoy grubs, so will often tear apart sod to find them. Even if the raccoon hasn’t found a way into your home yet, but is acclimated to your area, it can do significant damage.

For a raccoon making trouble outside your home, trapping is not the answer. There are simply too many of them out there. United Wildlife technicians can draw from their storehouse of information on how to deter a raccoon from your crops, lawn and garbage, an action which may also prevent entry into your attic in the future.  

Q-13. HOW CAN UNITED WILDLIFE CONTROL HELP ME SOLVE MY RACCOON PROBLEM?
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A. United Wildlife’s specialty is the removal of raccoons from attics, chimneys, walls and other hard-to-reach locations through special trapping techniques and use of fiber-optic and infrared cameras. Depending on city, county, federal and state laws, the animal will either be relocated or euthanized once it is taken away. No matter the course of action, the raccoon will be treated in a humane manner.

United Wildlife’s trappers use a variety of live traps, kill traps, body-gripping traps and snaring, depending on the kind of infestation and federal, county and state laws.

If a raccoon has already died in your attic or other living space, we have dead-animal removal services and can also help clear odors caused by decomposition.

We’re professional raccoon trappers who will travel any distance to get the animals out, and we can do professional phone and Internet coaching for those who live in remote areas, but who want to perform pest control for raccoons by using digital pictures sent by e-mail. We can also ship traps and equipment to help you trap raccoons yourself the right way.  Either way, we will work with you to solve your invasion. There is not a problem that can’t be solved with United Wildlife’s professional trapping service. Call 1-888-488-1415.

Q-14. DO CONENOSE BUGS AND OTHER INSECTS REALLY LIVE ON A RACOON?
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A. Little critters can get a ride on a raccoon’s back and the closer you are to a raccoon, the more chance you have of coming into contact with mites, ticks, fleas, lice, conenose bugs and other nibbling insects.

Conenose bugs are bloodsucking parasites that can feed off humans. Bites from conenose bugs sometimes produce allergic reactions, which can be cause for concern in certain individuals. A bite may produce itchy welts or swelling of the tongue, larynx and trachea.

Several cases of mites biting humans indoors have been reported.

Ticks are very mobile and have been known to crawl down into buildings that raccoons are living in, and travel great distances to attach themselves to people.

If a raccoon brings fleas near your home, most likely the biting bug will hop onto your house pet’s back. Once inside, large flea populations can build up quickly. Fleas live on the outside of their hosts’ bodies and need to feed on blood in order to produce eggs.

A raccoon bug living in your attic can become an infestation in your pantry or carpet in no time. One or two mites may stray from the den and crawl along your kitchen table. But if the animal abandons its den for any reason, the whole caboodle of bugs will enter your home, looking for a new host. This is why it’s especially important to have our raccoon control experts remove nest garbage after all the raccoons have been trapped.

Raccoons are a liability for businesses and restaurants. Diseases and bugs may infect your employees, guests or food. There are documented cases of illnesses occurring in these situations, and the plaintiff successfully sued the owner of the business. Also, if you are an employer and your workers’ environment is being contaminated by raccoons, you will see a drop in productivity due to illness.

Q-15. WHAT ARE UNITED WILDLIFE CONTROL’S PAYMENT OPTIONS FOR RACCOON REMOVAL?
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A. Call United Wildlife’s trapping specialists and we’ll give you our rates. We charge incrementally per animal, number of service calls, and time spent on project. Prices will vary depending on severity of the problem. Depending on the amount of animals and where they are living, you may be able to assist us with the problem as we are dealing with it. There is no free government service that takes care of raccoon control. The good news is, insurance companies will often pay for some, if not all, of the costs incurred to get rid of raccoons.

United Wildlife accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express. We also take purchase orders and cash.

Q-16. WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER UNITED WILDLIFE REMOVES THE RACCOON?
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After our experts have taken care of the problem it is best to contain or properly secure any food sources the raccoons may have been enjoying such as garbage cans, dumpsters, bird feeders and pet food dishes. Don’t entice other raccoons to return. We will also help you make sure the building is in proper repair to deter any future furry friends from entering.

Cleaning up droppings and urine is crucial in the raccoon prevention process. If you leave any raccoon waste behind, it will entice other raccoons to come make a home in your attic or crawlspace and the mess will provide a breeding ground for raccoon disease and raccoon bugs. United Wildlife raccoon cleanup can help with attic decontamination and raccoon odor control needs.

A great way to prevent a problem is to eradicate any small-rodent, bird or insect infestations you may have. United Wildlife’s rodent-, bird- and insect-extermination experts can help you install a rodent-, bird- and insect-control system to keep mice, birds or insects away so that raccoons will not be tempted by them as a food source.

Remember that raccoons are wild and unpredictable. Though we have years of experience in the field, a particular animal situation may require that we return more than once to get the job done right and to prevent raccoons in your house in the future.

Our mission at United Wildlife raccoon control is to help identify your unique situation. We will remove the existing pest and develop a custom wildlife solution to stop or control the problem from occurring again.

In the end, if you’re happy with our experienced, professional trappers, any referrals are always appreciated.


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