Although a wild animal, raccoons can adapt very well to human environments. They have been known for breaking and entering into homes even in suburban areas. For many, the threat of raccoons stops at them getting into your trash at night but some St. Louis residents are finding these wildlife pests take it one step or several further.
If they find an entry point, raccoons may enter your home on a search for food, water and shelter. Especially as the weather continues to cool down and the winter season arrives, many wildlife, including raccoons are on a search for a place to spend these cold months of the year. Even worse, some females are seeking a safe place to have their babies, which can lead to not just one, but many raccoons in your home.
Unfortunately raccoons are a threat to you and your family once they have invaded your space. They can find small openings in areas like the chimney, roof or soffits, which makes it hard to control them. Once inside, raccoons will hide out in places that are secluded and well hidden such as the attic. Here are a few of the reasons why raccoons do not make good winter house guests:
They carry diseases including rabies which is dangerous for your family and pets.
Their urine and feces can contaminate the insulation of the attic and cause damages to building materials.
Raccoons, especially mothers, may be aggressive when they encounter a human and can bite.
They are known to introduce other pest problems into the home like fleas and mites.
So, now that you know the dangers of raccoons in St. Louis, it is important that you are on the lookout for these pests on your property and especially inside of your home. If you believe that you may have raccoons living inside then it is important to contact Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions right away. A raccoon infestation is not a matter that you should deal with on your own as they can become quite aggressive when attempting to remove them.
How can you help? There are few things that you can do to help prevent raccoons from getting into your home:
Trim back trees and bushes so that raccoons can not gain access to the roof or soffits.
Apply a screen to the chimney and any utility openings around the exterior of the home.
Keep trash bins closed tightly and maybe even keep the bins stored in the garage.
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