The idea of having a cute family of raccoons nearby may seem cute, until you stumble into your attic one day and the reality of potential damage scurries in your brain much like the scurrying of the critter. Sometimes, when you come across a real life wild creature, it may do you more harm than good. As far as raccoons, the damage you inspect may add up until you irrationally feel as if they have a personal vendetta to both your home and your belongings. Raccoons are creatures that are opportunistic scavengers whose environment is determined by their diet. Therefore, wherever there is food, that is where their immediate shelter will be. The catch is, humans eat as well and we often leave traces that bring in the critters!
When unintentionally inviting a raccoon into our homes, we must take responsibility to remedy the risks of having a wild animal in our premises. It’s true that creatures have to live, but let’s not let that negatively affect our lifestyles. Let’s solve how we can avoid and remedy potential raccoon damage to our homes.
If they live in the wild and that is their natural habitat, can a raccoon get in your house?
Yes, they are agile creatures and if there is a source of food and shelter nearby, they will settle into it. The plus is that your home is a natural barrier to predators, unless you have a dog, then that’s a different story.
What problems do raccoons cause?
- Odor From Animal Feces
- Health Issues (Diseases Rabies, Roundworms, Leptospirosis, etcetera)
- Structural Damages
What are signs of raccoons being in your home?
Unfortunately, the signs of a raccoon being present often go hand and hand with the visible damages that you see. Although you may find them wandering curiously through your doggy door, sometimes the visual clues are less cute and more stressful, such as:
- Raccoon tracks, rub marks, stains or droppings visible
- Shingles torn away from vents
- Flashing or vent damages
- Chewed fascia boards
- Torn soffits
- Ripped apart flexible ducts in attic
- Chewed wiring
- Flattened insulation
Now that we’ve taken a walk through the sadness, how do we make strides to fix the damages and gear towards raccoon removal?
Here’s a better question, is raccoon damage covered by homeowners insurance?
Typically standard homeowners insurance will cover the cost of any structural damages to your home (i.e. your roof, attic, etcetera.) However, any personal items you may have are not covered (such as clothing or your potted plant that’s creatively named Leafy.) As most raccoons can cause roof damage, be sure to contact your insurance and/or local repair service to assist you with any fixtures.
How do you keep raccoons away from your house?
The main issue that arises with raccoons being lured into the confines of your home is a readily available food source.
- Some preventative measures you can take to avoid the scenario of raccoon removal are as follows.
- Be sure to securely lid your trash bins with pressure straps and avoid plastic lids that can be chewed.
- Move any outdoor pet food in at night.
- If you have a bird feeder, place a tray mid way to catch any strays and avoid bowl shaped baffles.
- Seal off your chimney and potential entry points.
- Applying metal flashing on house corners or beams near the home as they can prevent easy access to climbing.
- Make sure any trees, overhanging branches or poles are several feet away from your home.
If the problem has escalated and chances are that they are already in your home, how do you get rid raccoons?
It is highly recommended that you contact a raccoon removal service or reach out to trained wildlife professionals to take over the task. Raccoons can be dangerous if not handled properly, improper exposure may run the risk of contracting infections that are detrimental to your health. Additionally, if aggravated upsetting the creature/creatures may increase structural damages to your home. The benefit of a specialist handling the situation would be that they are able to properly lure and handle the coop with training and safety in mind. They would be able to inspect and repair damage, trap and remove animals as well as deodorize and clean your home.
Please don’t be brave, when researching into this particular topic, you may come across many methods on the trapping and luring of a raccoon as if this scenario was simply a whimsical Tom & Jerry episode. If you feel the fool-hardy adrenaline induced urge to trap a raccoon, just know that it is illegal to do so in certain states. Some things, like plumbing, are better to just call up a professional in the likely case that it gets worse. In conclusion, if you’re up in your attic one day to and out of the corner of your eye, see a scurrying shadow dart across your wall, most likely it’s not your post horror-movie watching paranoia.
If you suspect any nefarious activity, be sure to call (817) 606-7607 or (972) 954-9244 today for any questions or to schedule a raccoon removal in Arlington and Fort Worth, TX Stay safe out there people!