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Raccoons frequent yards for food.
Raccoons will use attic spaces, crawl spaces and chimneys to live and have babies.
Raccoons also will use the underskirting of mobile home sub-flooring to live or have their babies. This also causes damage to insulation.
You want to avoid raccoons living under your house, in attics and in chimneys.
The most common complaints in Ohio with raccoons is their ability to get into attics, chimneys and crawl spaces. Raccoons, which are nocturnal animals, can make loud noises at night when entering and exiting a structure. Raccoons living in attic spaces create damage to roof tops by tearing open holes in roofing materials, roof vent and eaves. Once in the attic they can destroy attic insulation, wiring and other components of the attic space. Contamination of attics is common due to the relative frequency of a raccoon to urinate and deficate in the attic area. Many times, large piles of raccoon droppings must be removed and attic insulation restored. Homeowners should look for any loose or torn vent screens, holes in roof tops or eaves, or loose boards behind gutters. These all lead to attic dwelling animals, like raccoons.
The best methods for getting rid of raccoons really begins with the second question "How can people prevent future raccoon problems?" so let's start there.
Prevention also extends to how we live our lives in the raccoons domain. If you self feed your cat or dog outside, you will eventually realized that you are feeding some freeloading raccoons and opossums as well as some local feral cats. Feed your pets a limited amount of food at a specific time each day and pick up any food not eaten. The birds love the bird seed you put out and it is a major source of high energy food for raccoons and squirrels. Protect the feeders from these unwanted seed eaters. By the way they also love the suet block, especially when it is one containing peanut butter.
Other attractive food sources include poorly managed compost heaps, garbage containers that are not tightly covered. Lastly, never get in the habit of feeding wild raccoons. They are wild animals and they are dangerous if they bcome too familiar with human beings.
Hearing noises in the attic or crawl space at night? It could be a raccoon. Scratching, slow lumbering sounds, sometime chattering that is almost bird like, these are all signs of possible raccoon activity. Raccoons are nocturnal so most all activities are going to be associated at night. You may on occasion hear some scratching sounds in the day as the raccoon turns in their bedding, not much activity is usually heard during the day unless young are present. A quick inspection of your roof vents and foundation vents can yield entry points of the night time invaders. Missing screens from your foundation vents and louvers bowed with staining is a good indicator of animals present.
Critter Control has been in the business of removing raccoons for over 25 years; it's our forte. We can successfully remove the raccoons and seal up entry's to give you a long term relief. We can also clean up your attic and replace damage insulation to return your attic back to normal and reduce the hazards left behind. Raccoons can carry parasites and diseases such as ring worm or round worm, which can be very harmful to you and your family. If you are hearing noises call your local Critter Control office and schedule a inspection. We can identify and control your animal invasion with quick and cost effective results.
- Mike Rossi
Critter Control of Greater Nashville