Raccoons like to hide in attics, chimneys, and crawl spaces. They use their strong hands to pull apart rotting wood or loose shingles so they can live in your warm attic. Since attics make great nesting sites for raccoons, you could eventually have a whole litter of raccoons calling your attic home. Raccoons can ruin your insulation and air ducts, and they’ll chew on wires. Not only will your attic smell bad, but it will become hazardous to you and your family. Constant loud noises are an indicator of a raccoon presence in your attic. If you’re hearing loud noises from above the fireplace instead, that means the raccoons are in the chimney. Raccoons prefer to give birth in chimneys. Baby raccoons will need to be professionally removed because they can’t climb out by themselves. Even raccoons hiding in your outside crawl spaces can be a nuisance. They leave a stench and can destroy property.
Raccoons Feast on Trash
Hungry raccoons will visit your property if they think they have a good chance of being fed. Often, homeowners will leave bird food, pet food, or trash outside. For a hungry raccoon, this is an invitation to dinner. Raccoons knock over unsecured trash cans and spill garbage all over the ground while foraging for food. Not only does this create an unsightly mess for you to clean up in the morning, but it might even attract other pests like skunks and cockroaches. This could mean you may need skunk removal services in addition to raccoon removal services. Even screened porches aren’t safe from raccoons. Leftovers and pet food on a screened porch can be feasted on by raccoons after they tear through the screen and break-in. Since raccoons are always looking for a safe, warm home with plentiful food, trash foraging could be a preliminary step to them moving into your house permanently. Dogs and cats on the property might also get into confrontations with raccoons.
Raccoons Can Be Disease Carriers
Raccoons are known carriers of rabies. Your pets can become infected from contact with a rabid raccoon. Raccoons also spread a parasitic disease known as roundworm. Roundworm comes from eggs expelled with the raccoon’s feces. In humans, they can grow and develop from eggs to larvae and then to adult worms. People can catch roundworms from only one encounter with raccoon feces or indirectly if pets, mice, or cockroaches come into contact with the eggs and become carriers. Roundworm is known to cause death and developmental disabilities in small children as well as permanent disabilities such as blindness. That’s why hosting raccoons in your attic can be hazardous to the health of the entire household. Call wildlife control immediately to rid your home of raccoons if you have small children who may be harmed.
Our Raccoons in Attics Removal Services
We provide raccoon removal services in Maryland that residents can depend on. Once we’ve trapped and removed the live raccoons in your attic, we’ll search your home for dead animals and provide dead animal removal services if necessary. All of our trapping and removal techniques are humane. Some of the methods we use include barriers and fluid treatment. If you had raccoons in your attic or crawl space, we’ll clean it out and restore it to its previous condition. Once your home is raccoon-free, we’ll start preventive measures to keep raccoons away. This could mean installing vent covers or chimney caps. Animal-proof trash containers will also keep raccoons away from your garbage. You can still do your part to stop raccoons from coming back after their removal. Install motion lights, and don’t leave pet food outside. Despite all your best efforts, raccoons might still come back. If they do, call Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control at 866.784.8058, and we’ll be there to assist with raccoon in attic removal.