We Will Get Those Pesky Raccoons Out! Yes, We will Be Nice to Them.
The raccoon’s hand-like paws allow it to gain access to homes and other structures in search of dens and food. Raccoons commonly den in chimneys, attics, garages, and under decks or additions. If a raccoon gains access to your attic it will be BAD NEWS. Female Raccoons will tear, chew, scratch, and squeeze into vulnerable roof, soffit, j-channel, eves, and dormers to nest while getting ready to give birth
WHAT WE DO FOR YOU
STEP 1 – Inspect your home or building to identify all existing and potential entry points and problem areas.
STEP 2 – Develop plan for humane removal and raccoon-proofing. Present you with written proposal to solve.
STEP 3 – Perform hands on removal procedure when necessary or evict via one-way door. Install wildlife-proof hardware.
STEP 4 – Final inspection and follow-up visit and more depending on the warranty plan you choose.
Raccoon Related Health Concerns
Thankfully raccoons rarely transmit diseases to people and their pets but the few they do are very serious:
Baylisascaris procyonis or raccoon roundworm is transmitted through feces. It is rare and usually infects children. There is no effective cure at present
Canine roundworm is passed from dogs to raccoons and back again.
Rabies is transmitted through blood and saliva. This disease is fatal if untreated. Ensure pets are vaccinated.
Mating season for raccoons falls generally anytime between January and June. Most females begin reproducing around the age of one. The female has a 65-day gestation period and gives birth to two to five kits, usually in the spring.
Traditionally, they live in tree cavities or burrows emerging at dusk to hunt frogs and crustaceans while keeping an eye out for predators such as coyotes and foxes. Barns have aided their northern migration, offering refuge from cold northern winters, and now, raccoons have been found as far north as Alaska. The species originally kept to the deciduous and mixed forests of North America, but its impressive ability to adapt has enabled the animal to move into a wide range of habitats, from mountainous terrains to large cities. The first urban sighting was in Cincinnati during the 1920s. Raccoon populations do very well in urban areas, primarily due to hunting and trapping restrictions, a general lack of predators, and an abundance of available human food. The size of a raccoon’s home range varies depending on habitat and food supply. In urban areas, its home range generally spans about one mile.
Breeding and Social Structure: The animal is nocturnal, mostly foraging, and feeding at night. Though previously thought to be quite solitary, there is now evidence that the species congregates in gender-specific groups. Mating season for raccoons falls generally anytime between January and June. Most females begin reproducing around the age of one. The female has a 65-day gestation period and gives birth to two to seven kits, usually in the spring. A mother usually separates from other raccoons to raise her young alone. The male does not participate in the raising of the kits. The black mask is already visible on newly-born kits. The kits stay in the den (your home, attic, basement, garage, shed with their mother until they are between 8-10 weeks old, and will stay with their mother until they reach 13-14 months of age (in your structure).
Risks: A raccoon has few predators though the animal has been known to be attacked by cougars, bobcats, and coyotes. Disease, infection, and run-ins with cars are generally the primary risks for the species. Some diseases, including roundworm, trichinosis, and rabies, place people and pets at risk.
- In the winter, the raccoon does not hibernate but can sleep in its den (Your Structure) for weeks.
- A raccoon can run at speeds of up to 15 miles per hour.
- The raccoon is a good swimmer and can stay in the water for several hours.
- The species makes a variety of vocalizations including hisses, whistles, screams, growls, and snarls.
- A series of studies in the mid-to-late-twentieth century show that a raccoon can remember solutions to tasks for up to 3 years. This means every raccoon in your home will be a potential problem for up to THREE YEARS.
When you need pest control in Charlotte, NC, the Mullis Brothers are who need to call. With our years of experience in removing nuisance animals, our team offers fast, safe, effective and humane solutions to your animal problems. Contact us via this site or call us at to get your problem resolved immediately before your annoying “neighbors” cause damage. We also assist with a wide variety of creatures including the common bat and squirrel.