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Mischievous and clever, raccoons are always on a lookout for a comfortable lodging with easy access to food—and they don’t mind if this place is already occupied. If raccoons have invited themselves to your home and became a nuisance, contact Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control today to evict these pest animals. We provide raccoon removal in Montgomery County, Howard County, Carroll County, and Anne Arundel County, as well as other counties throughout Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, DC, and Delaware. Whether you are looking for raccoon removal in Silver Spring, Potomac, Eldersburg, Westminster, Annapolis or Gaithersburg, we can help!
Raccoons are most active at night and prefer to go foraging under the cover of darkness. One way to discourage them from frequently visiting your property is to install motion lights on your front porch, next to the garage or by your back door. Fences do very little against raccoons, as they are good climbers. If you have a problem with a raccoon raiding your garden, your best option is trapping and relocation. You can try motion-activated sprayers, but there is no guarantee the raccoon won’t return. If raccoons keep knocking over your trashcans, secure the lids with bungee cords or invest in locking lids. Beware of the pet food, as well as bird seed you leave outdoors—that’s an invitation for a raccoon to come and feast at your expense.
"The technician also took photos of all the damage so we could see it for ourselves and so the photos could be e-mailed to our homeowner’s insurance company. The raccoons were gone the very next day and the technicians came back and repaired the holes where the raccoons were getting into the attic."
Samantha Reich, Silver Spring, MD
An attic is warm, safe and provides plenty of space for raccoon’s needs. While raccoons don’t have big teeth like squirrels, they have excellent use of their hands and can pry open whatever damaged piece of soffit or vent you have hanging loose. They are also incredibly strong for their size, and if a raccoon is determined to get in, it can make a hole in a wall. In Montgomery County, where there are many old homes with rotten soffits, we often see raccoons ripping them open with little effort, as this video shows.
Once they establish a way in, raccoons settle in your attic and turn it into a giant litter box. In a matter of days they can flatten and rip up your insulation, tear open air ducts, chew on wires and make your attic a biohazard zone. In most cases, there will be a mama raccoon with her 3-5 pups, so it’s essential to remove and relocate all of them at once. Pups left without a mother are helpless and won’t survive for long.
Thankfully, raccoons are rather large and loud, so it’s easy to notice their presence. If you hear loud noises in your attic, it could be a sign of raccoon infestation. The sooner you contact Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control, the less damage your nuisance raccoons will have time to cause.
Raccoons don’t have to settle in your attic to cause a disturbance. When they are not your “roommates,” they can be rather annoying neighbors. Raccoons nesting in your yard or on a nearby property can come to your doorsteps searching for food. They will knock over trash cans and rummage through trash or break into your screened porch to steal dog or cat food. Raccoons, while not aggressive by nature, can startle your pets and infect them with rabies or raccoon roundworm. In fact, in 2010 racoons were responsible for 60% of rabies cases in Maryland.
If raccoons are in your chimney, don’t light a fire—you will let them in through the damper.
A chimney might not be as favored by raccoons as your attic, but it’s the second best option. Female raccoons often settle in uncapped chimneys to give birth to their kits. If you are hearing noises above your fireplace, this could be a family of raccoons making themselves comfortable in your chimney. Don’t light a fire—you won’t smoke them out. While the momma raccoon is a good climber, babies can’t leave on their own and need to be professionally removed. If you suspect raccoons in your chimney call Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control and don’t open the damper—you could end up with an angry animal in your living room.
Racoons prefer to nest off the ground. In the wild, they live in hollow trees, and in the urban areas they would opt for an attic or a chimney. However, male raccoons and female raccoons not carrying babies have lower comfort and safety standards, and can choose to nest in your crawlspace. If you have anything important in your crawlspace, like insulation, wires or plumbing, or even some times items that you store, they may end up shredded and chewed-up. Although a crawlspace is technically underneath your home and not inside, raccoons can still cause a lot of trouble, not to mention the awful odor from their urine and feces.
Besides their destructive tendencies, raccoons can also be carriers of various diseases and parasites. We’ve mentioned earlier that rabies is common in raccoons, along with another disease—raccoon roundworm. This parasite lays thousands of microscopic eggs inside a raccoon’s body that get expelled with raccoon’s feces.
A one-time direct or indirect contact with infected feces may be enough for an average person to get the roundworm. As the ingested eggs develop into larvae and adult worms, they can cause permanent damage to your body, including blindness, developmental delays in children and even death. It’s important to understand that you don’t have to be touching raccoon’s feces to get the roundworm—the eggs can be carried in by your pets or spread by pests like mice or cockroaches. That’s why the proximity of the raccoon’s den alone can pose danger to your health.
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