Raccoons are mid-sized animals that are about 2-3 feet long. Their bodies are stocky, round and covered in salt-and-pepper colored fur. Raccoons are known best for the “black mask” of fur around their eyes, also known as a “bandit mask,” and black rings around their furry tails.
SIGNS OF INFESTATION:
- Damage to a home’s insulation, wood, shingles, electrical wiring, walls or other parts of the structure is a telltale sign that a raccoon has taken up residence inside.
- Another indication of a raccoon infestation is the presence of droppings, urine stains, or built-up materials from creating a nest.
- Raccoons often raid, and can make a mess of, contents in garbage cans while they are in search of food.
- If a homeowner notices trash dispersed on the property, raccoons could be to blame.
- Raccoon paw prints may also be visible in the yard.
- Raccoons sometimes kill poultry, destroy bird nests, and damage gardens or crops, so any signs of these types of activities can also mean there is a raccoon infestation.
- Hearing loud thuds and noises from raccoon movement can also signify a homeowner has raccoons in the home.
How to Get Rid of Raccoons
- Homeowners should regularly inspect, repair and seal any of these or other potential points of entry.
- Loose siding and shingles should also be repaired, and it’s also helpful to install a mesh cover or cap over chimneys and other exposed openings to prevent entry.
- Store trash in sealed areas, ideally as a locked shed or outhouse. Raccoons are very adept at learning how to open garbage cans, so if trash cans are kept out in the open, it’s best to use tightly fitting, animal-proof lids to avoid unwanted attention from hungry raccoons on the prowl for food.
- Birdseed, bird feeders and fountains should also be removed, as they are sources of sustenance to raccoons and other wildlife.
- Store firewood, which raccoons may use to help build a shelter, at least 20 feet from the house during the cooler months.
- If an infestation is suspected and you need additional information regarding how to get rid of raccoons, contact Top Line Pest Control to inspect the property and formulate a plan to get rids of raccoons.
- Homeowners should not attempt to address an infestation themselves, especially since these wild animals may be carrying rabies, raccoon roundworm or another disease.