When you think of raccoons, you probably picture the cute little critters from the Disney movie “Peter Pan.” They may be adorable, but they can also be destructive pests! They’re known for chewing through wood and insulation in attics and crawl spaces, which causes big headaches for homeowners.
If you’ve got a raccoon problem, don’t panic: There are plenty of humane ways to deal with them without hiring an exterminator—and these tips for removing them from your attic will help you get started.
What’s so bad about raccoons?
They can be a real nuisance. They have been known to carry diseases, including rabies and roundworm. They also tend to be aggressive when they feel threatened or scared, which can result in them attacking you or your pets if you’re not careful.
They are known for causing damage to homes by ripping off shingles and tearing apart roofs to get inside houses through holes they’ve made themselves or ones made by other animals, such as squirrels and woodpeckers.
If you see signs of raccoon activity around your house, such as droppings on the ground or missing items from inside that were not taken by humans (such as pet food), then it’s likely that some are living nearby!
The noise level caused by these critters can be quite high, especially when the mating season hits every springtime – this means constant chirping noises throughout each night, which may keep people up at night while trying their best not to wake up neighbours who might get annoyed if they hear too much racket coming from across town…
What makes a raccoon choose one location over another?
Raccoons are smart and choose their habitat based on food availability, safety and shelter. They need easy access to water as well. Since they are nocturnal animals, they tend to den during the day in areas that don’t have human activity nearby so they can sleep undisturbed.
Raccoon dens can be found in tree cavities or underground burrows with enough room to move around comfortably without feeling confined by walls or ceilings above them (since raccoons aren’t great climbers).
What are the dangers of living with raccoons?
Raccoons are wild animals, and as such, they can be dangerous to humans. They have been known to carry rabies and other diseases transmitted through bite wounds or scratches from their sharp claws.
Raccoons are also known for causing damage around homes by chewing on wood siding, roofing materials like shingles and fascia boards. They may also tear up insulation in attics or crawl spaces if they feel threatened by your presence in their territory (for example, when trying to trap them).
If a raccoon gets inside your home or garage, it will make quite a mess! They might urinate on items they find interesting such as bookshelves; they’ll also eat food left out on counters which will cause stains if not cleaned up right away–this is especially true if you leave pet food out overnight while trying not to attract any pests into your house!
How can I prevent problems with raccoons?
Here are some steps you can take to keep raccoons from becoming a problem in your yard:
- Keep pet food indoors. Raccoons are attracted to the smell of pet food, so keep it in a secure container and away from windows where they might see or smell it.
- Clean up garbage regularly. Raccoons love garbage and will look for any opportunity to get their paws on it! Be sure to take out your trash every day, before bedtime or early in the morning (before 5 am). If possible, put the bags into an airtight container with a top lid; otherwise, use bungee cords or twist ties at each end of each bag so that no part of it can be easily torn open by hungry critters like raccoons or skunks. The same goes for compost bins–make sure they’re tightly closed when not being accessed by humans!
- Make sure there aren’t any sources of water around where you live – this includes bird baths/fountains, which may have accumulated rainwater over time due to drainage issues caused by clogged gutters/downspouts etc., leaking pipes under houses/garages etc., pools left unattended during summer months when people travel overseas without taking care about pets being left behind…these could all attract unwanted visitors like mosquitoes but also include other pests like rats who want access back into homes through holes created by gnawing rodents looking for shelter during winter months when temperatures drop below freezing levels outside.”
It’s best to call in professionals when dealing with a raccoon problem
While it’s tempting to try and deal with the situation yourself, it’s best to call in professionals when dealing with a raccoon problem. The first reason is that you don’t want to be bitten by a raccoon — or any other wild animal. Rabies is something you want to avoid messing around with!
Another reason why hiring an animal control company is better than doing it yourself. If babies are involved (and there often are), they will be removed from the area without harming them or their mother.
Raccoon removal experts know how to handle these situations safely while getting rid of unwanted guests as quickly as possible so that everyone can get back on track and resume everyday life.
Raccoons are amazing animals and should be respected. They deserve our care, but not in our homes. If you need help with raccoons on your property or attic, contact us today for professional service!