Raccoons certainly have some charm and cuteness about them, but that’s until you find one living in your attic or in your yard. It’s one thing watching a video of a raccoon adorably stealing cat food, and it’s completely different when a raccoon attacks your cat or breaks open your porch door. But just because you saw a raccoon crossing a road, doesn’t mean you have an infestation and need to call a Maryland raccoon removal specialist. However, it’s a good idea to check for the following signs to make sure that the “neighborhood raccoon” doesn’t live in your house or back yard.
Raccoons are foragers and opportunists. If there is no easy food available (think pet food left outside or bird seed), they will start digging for worms, insects, flower bulbs and anything else remotely edible. It’s not uncommon for homeowners to find completely torn-up flower beds as they go to check the mailbox in the morning. Sometimes the roots/bulbs will be eaten, and sometimes they are just pulled out. It can get frustrating to maintain your landscaping with raccoons around.
Raccoons are not beneath digging through trash. And their strong and grippy hands are perfect for this task. They can remove trash can lids, tear open garbage bags and patiently sort through every item until they find something tasty. Stray dogs can do this too, so take note of the time of day when the trash invasion happens. If it’s over night, it’s likely raccoons.
Noises in the Attic
Warm, waterproof and secure, an attic is a perfect place for a mother raccoon to rear her young. Raccoons mate somewhere between January and May and the female makes sure she finds a nice place to make a maternity den. If a raccoon family makes a home in your attic, you should be able to tell this by the thumping and rustling noises above the ceiling at night. Raccoons are also rather vocal, so you may hear growling, hissing, yelping and other animal sounds.
Similar to cats, raccoons establish a litter box area also known as a latrine. It may or may not be inside your house, depending on where the raccoon is denning. A latrine can get very stinky, so if it’s outdoors, you may be able to recognize it by an unpleasant smell. Don’t touch it or attempt to clean it up—raccoon excrement is known to contain raccoon roundworm, a dangerous parasite that can cause severe health issues. Contact your local Maryland raccoon removal expert right away to trap the animal and disinfect the latrine.
Raccoons walk on the entire surface of their feet, not just the toes like dogs do. Their tracks resemble a hand print with 5 toes of relatively equal size. With the snow still on the ground, you can easily tell whether a particular set of tracks belongs to a raccoon. Once the snow is gone, look for paw imprints in the wet ground. Sometimes, raccoons are blamed for things they didn’t do, like rummaging through trash, and identifying the tracks is one of the best ways to tell who caused the damage. Do any of these signs sound familiar? If so, don’t delay calling Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control for raccoon removal. Whether you live in Bethesda, Annapolis, Glen Burnie or anywhere else in Maryland, we’ll be happy to come out and inspect your home for evidence of invasive wildlife.