Raccoons are generally associated with streams, rivers and the beach. However, in certain circumstances they will invade homes for shelter or to give birth. Female raccoons normally give birth in the spring, but may give birth at other times. If chirping sounds are heard in an attic or crawlspace, this may indicate the presence of baby raccoons. Raccoons may leave claw marks along a soffit or fascia when entering a structure. Paw prints on downspouts of gutters can indicate the presence of raccoons. Raccoons may also access rooftops from overhanging vegetation. Raccoons have become extremely comfortable around humans. They will readily feed on pet foods left for domestic animals. This makes raccoons dangerous to pets as they are susceptible to rabies and distemper, common fatal diseases in both cats and dogs. Raccoons may also carry parasites which are deadly to pets. Do not feed pets outdoors, as this may allow pets to come into contact with sick raccoons. Household garbage should be kept in an appropriate container so as not to attract raccoons. If a raccoon is seen in the day time it may be a result of high population density or the animal may be sick. If you see a raccoon behaving strangely, call us immediately as we are a 24 hour service.
How Do I Get Rid Of Raccoons?
Raccoons carry rabies and a neurological disease called distemper. The only real means of getting rid of any critter is through trapping, removal, or "proofing". If it's just critters outside causing trouble, they can be trapped and removed, but beware, they'll often dig and grab anything within a few inches of the trap.If you have raccoons in your attic, it's important that a wildlife expert search for a litter of baby raccoons before removal. We mainly speak of raccoons but the following goes for any animal that has made your attic there nest. When in attics raccoons, squirrels, rat, mice and the occasional opossums cause all types of damage. They carry many types of parasites and insects (fleas mites worms ect). Also using your insulation as there personal restroom, wires as there chew toys and ultimately contaminating your attic space. Don't worry it happens more then you'd like to know and we can reverse the damage we have all the means to rid you of critters and what they have left behind. We do sanitation, disinfection, insulation removal/replacement and work with a great pest control company for all the creepy crawlies. As for animal proofing to ensure they cannot return we will locate all possible entry points vents, gaps, gullies, eaves, ect.Where to look for gaps and holes outside your home. In the roof among the rafters, gables, and eaves Around windows. Around doors. Between the foundation of your house and the ground. Attic vents and crawl space vents. Under doors. Around holes for electrical, plumbing, and gas lines.
Many consider raccoons to be cute and cuddly. This is a dangerous assumption. Raccoons are the primary vector species for rabies in the Southeast. Even when another animal is infected, the disease is often of the raccoon strain.
Raccoons often have their young (called kits) in attics. Females have a strong maternal instinct and can become quite vicious when protecting their young in and around human dwellings. Though some small bachelor groups have been observed, raccoons are not pack animals. Most groups of raccoons seen together are a mother and her young.
Male raccoons tend to stay near females during breeding season, but move off on their own long before the young arrive. Two popular myths are that raccoons always wash their food and that raccoons lack salivary glands. Raccoons often wet their food—this helps with tactile sensation more than to clean their food. Raccoons do, in fact, have salivary glands. Remember that to transmit rabies their saliva has to come in contact with a bite or other break in the skin.
If you hear noises in the attic at night or have raccoons raiding your trash cans, call us immediately in West Palm Beach, FL. We can diagnose your raccoon removal problem, trap the offending individuals, and provide the necessary repairs to cover all holes and construction gaps.