A Raccoon In The Fireplace?
When homeowners think of pest problems that can occur in their home they generally think of mice, ants and other insects, not a larger animal like a raccoon; however raccoons are quite a problem here in St. Louis and Mid-Missouri. In fact, we recently received a request for help from a St. Louis homeowner who believed there was a raccoon in the fireplace. While this may seem impossible and odd to you, it is actually a very common occurrence. So how do raccoons get inside your fireplace? Well pretty easily actually; they will enter your home through the chimney and will create a nest in the area just above your fireplace opening; they see this area as the perfect den in which to raise their young. Along with fireplaces, raccoons and their young can often be found in attics, sheds, garages, under decks and in crawl spaces.
Luckily there are many things that you can do to try and help prevent raccoons from making their way into your fireplace or other areas of your home. First, to discourage raccoons from visiting your property you should eliminate any potential food sources. To accomplish this you should:
- Secure outside trashcans with tight fitting lids.
- Refrain from building compost piles close to your home.
- Bring in pet food that is kept outside every night.
- Harvest gardens often.
- Stop feeding birds and other wildlife.
Securing the exterior of your home against raccoons (and other wildlife) is another great way to keep these pests outside where they belong. You can achieve this by:
- Installing chimney caps.
- Covering vents with screens made from durable mesh.
- Keeping garage doors and other entries closed when not in use.
- Repairing any torn shingles, holes or other openings on or near the roof.
If you came across these pest-proofing tips a bit too late and you believe raccoons and other wildlife are already inside your home, don’t worry- Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions can help! Rather than trying to get rid of a raccoon on your own (this is dangerous, as raccoons will become aggressive if threatened or cornered) our St. Louis wildlife removal experts have the tools, knowledge and experience to evict wildlife that have become a problem. After assessing the situation and identifying entry points, we’ll humanely remove the raccoon(s) and then clean up droppings, nests or any other messes they’ve made and seal off openings that would allow them to re-enter. Perhaps best of all, we’ll stand behind our wildlife exclusion work with a one year warranty!
For more information on raccoon control in St. Louis or for help with other wildlife, rodents or pests, please contact Rottler today!