Raccoons are easily recognizable by the ‘black mask’ across their eyes, and also their bushy tails that alternate between gray and black stripes. Because of their cat-like appearance, people mistakenly assume that they’re cute creatures. They might be cute but they are one of the most notorious wildlife animals in the United States. They use their strength, agility, dexterity, and adaptability to constantly cause troubles for homeowners. Some of which include:
At Wildlife X Team Tulsa, we can help you deal with the raccoon infestation problem you’re facing.
Raccoons are primarily attracted by the presence of good food and shelter.
Raccoons are omnivores and opportunistic eaters, with their diet heavily determined by their environment. Some of the common food they eat in the wild includes plants, nuts, berries, insects, frogs, rodents, fish, and more. But in urban environments, they have developed a penchant for human food. That’s why they’ll gain access to garbage for a variety of treats.
Animals love comfort, just like we do, and the raccoon is no exception. Since raccoons are adept climbers, they love residing in elevated places. This makes chimneys and attics they’re preferred residing spots.
If you suspect you have a raccoon infestation, there are some signs you should look out for. Their footprints look like that of humans but they’re only 4 inches long. Also, check out for scratch marks and droppings at the bases of trees – this is a sign of high raccoon activity.
If you notice that your garbage cans are always toppled, then raccoons might be the culprits. You might also hear low growls and shuffling noises as raccoons run along the roof.
There’s no one strategy for dealing with all raccoon infestation problems. An effective strategy has to be crafted based on your specific needs – for instance, if the raccoon is residing in your attic versus if it is disrupting your garden. We take note of that at Wildlife X Team Tulsa and that’s why we carry out a thorough investigation and ask questions to determine the optimal course of action. But generally speaking, here’s how we go about the raccoon removal process.
The first thing you want to do is eliminate any incentives that raccoons are getting from residing on your property. This involves eliminating all food and water sources. Here are some of the things you can do.
If you suspect a raccoon infestation, you have to figure out the extent of the problem. That’s why it’s important to answer questions like: How do they get in? Are there kits also living in my attic? What is the extent of the damage caused? Are they eating my crops or stealing fish from the pond or raiding my trash cans? Are they residing in crawlspaces? And lots more. Knowing the extent of the damage caused will equip you to attack the problem more effectively.
After determining the extent of their operation, the next step is to get rid of them. Raccoon removal requires a license, therefore, you shouldn’t do it by yourself. Getting a wildlife professional like those at Wildlife X Team Tulsa will help you properly remove and relocate these nuisance critters. Here’s how we go about raccoon removal.
Live trapping is the most effective way of getting rid of raccoons, especially if it is residing in your attic. Before a raccoon is trapped, you have to ensure that no kits are residing in the space. If there are kits, they must first be picked up and placed in a sack. Thereafter, they are used to lure their mother into a cage. Then, the mother and her kits are relocated to, at least, 10 miles from the capture site.
If you have a lone raccoon living in your attic, then all entry holes except one should be sealed up. Thereafter, an exclusion device should be installed in the last hole. Once the raccoon leaves through the exclusion device, it won’t be able to get back in. Thereafter, the last hole should be sealed
There are several raccoon repellents on the market including ammonia, mothballs, and pepper. However, they are not effective. Provided there’s still access to shelter or food, raccoons will deal with minor inconveniences caused by the repellents.
Fencing is quite an expensive but effective method for preventing raccoons from gaining access to your yard. To prevent them from burrowing, the fence should be several inches deep. Since they are adept climbers, the fence should be slanted outwards to make it difficult to scale. Alternatively, an electric wire can be installed on the fence.
After getting rid of the raccoon, the infected space has to be decontaminated. This involves removing all remnants brought in by the raccoon. It also involves clearing away their droppings. Failure to clear away these materials will attract insects like cockroaches that can further the spread of diseases. Thereafter, an enzyme-based disinfectant has to be used to kill all germs and bacteria.
The final stage is repairing the damages that have been caused by the raccoon. This includes replacing irreparable insulation material, fixing damaged pipes, ducts, and wires. Repairing damaged wood will help to protect the structural integrity of the building.
Raccoons are very destructive and difficult to deal with. Coupled with the fact that they carry many zoonotic diseases, homeowners should not interact with them. By involving Wildlife X Team Tulsa, we make use of the best strategies to help you effectively deal with your raccoon problem. We have all the required licenses to trap and relocate these nasty pests. Let us help you eradicate your raccoon problem today.