Extremely adaptable to a variety of food sources and habitats, raccoons living in Miami can be found in both urban and suburban neighborhoods. These pests are becoming a more frequent sight locally and are easily recognized thanks to their distinctive ringed tail and mask-like markings. Growing up to three feet long and weighing up to 30 pounds, raccoons are well known for knocking over garbage cans, stealing pet food, and occasionally denning inside chimneys and attics.
Problems Raccoons Cause
Aside from their usual raucous nighttime activities, raccoons can transmit several dangerous diseases to both humans and pets. For instance, they are known carriers of the rabies virus as well as baylisascaris procyonis, better known as raccoon roundworm. Raccoons make communal latrines near areas they infest, including attics. Roundworms are shed in their feces and can be accidentally inhaled when these latrines are cleaned incorrectly.
Raccoon Dangers to People
Cornered or frightened raccoons claw and bite, which makes trapping them without qualified assistance a dangerous task. Please leave raccoon removal to a Critter Control specialist who will use a humane trap to capture the animal for you.
In addition to rabies and roundworm, the pests may spread salmonella, leptospirosis, and numerous parasites such as fleas and ticks. Cornered or frightened raccoons also claw and bite, which makes trapping them without qualified assistance a dangerous task. In order to properly achieve safe and successful raccoon removal, Miami residents should contact the trained wildlife professionals at Critter Control.
Raccoon Damage to Houses
Raccoons are fairly industrious when it comes to finding a way into your home. When possible, raccoons will exploit an existing hole. Despite the fairly large size of raccoons, the hole doesn’t have to be big. An adult raccoon can fit into a hole the size of a softball (3-4”).
In the worst-case scenario, a raccoon will create or expand holes, tear off roof shingles, or destroy vents. Raccoons are powerful creatures for their size, and they have tough paws and sharp claws to help bypass obstacles that other animals would have trouble with. Here are a few examples that Critter Control technicians have encountered in the field.
Raccoons in Attic
Attics are one of the most common places we find raccoon problems. Homeowners usually recongize a raccoon in the attic
from the noises. Raccoons in the attic sound like rustling, scurrying, thumping, or bumping. Raccoon noises also can be purring, chittering, growling, snalring, hissing, or whimpering.
Raccoon in Attic Removal .
Raccoon trapping is the most effective and humane way to get rid of a raccoon. Direct capture is not commonly used because raccoons are a rabies vector species. If legal, a healthy trapped raccoon will be relocated with written permission. When babies are removed from an attic, our wildlife specialists seek help from a local wildlife rehabilitation center.
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