Reports of a raccoon in the attic or elsewhere in the home are quite common in St. Louis, especially as the weather cools.  If you are experiencing a raccoon problem or have in the past then you understand just how frustrating these animals can be.  Not only are they a nuisance by making noises and disturbing your sleep, a raccoon in the attic is a serious problem and should not be ignored.  To ignore a raccoon problem could be detrimental to the health of your home, your family or if you are a business owner/manager, your company.  Along with our words of warning, we’d like to discuss what can be done to keep these pests from entering your property in the first place and what you can do if you already have a raccoon problem.

First, Why Are They Invading?

As the world gets more and more populated, environments that had previously been home to many different types of wildlife are starting to disappear. That means that the natural habitats of animals like raccoonssquirrels and skunks are becoming fewer and these creatures are looking for new places to make their homes. This can include your attic, the crawl space under your home and any outbuildings on your property. These places often provide warmth and safety as well as nearby access to food and water. If there is a way for these wild animals to get inside, you can be sure they will find it!

Next, The Dangers Of Wildlife

Having these animals inside your home may seem like a bad idea for obvious reasons; who wants noisy raccoons living inside the house? But they can also be incredibly dangerous to the health of your family and your pets and they can pose a serious threat to the structure of your home or outbuilding. Raccoons can carry many different infectious diseases that can be contracted through contact with these animals or with their waste. They can spread rabies, Giardiasis, Leptospirosis, Salmonella, E.Coli and roundworm. The structural damages that they cause can be extensive as well, as they will chew holes in siding, sheetrock, soffits, insulation, wiring and even the roof. Female raccoons are well known for taking up residence inside a home to give birth to their babies, usually in the early spring. This makes them a force to be reckoned with, as they are ferociously protective when baby raccoons (also called “kits”) are involved. And all raccoons, when threatened or cornered, may become aggressive, so it is never safe to let these wildlife pests roam around your home or business. 

Lastly, The Prevention Tips To Keep Raccoons Out

It can be quite difficult to get rid of a raccoon once it decides to make your home its own, which is why it’s important to start raccoon prevention before you even have a wildlife problem. There are things you can do around your property to make it less attractive to raccoons and other wildlife. These prevention techniques include:

  • Repairing any holes on the exterior of the home and installing chimney caps.

  • Keeping pet food and water bowls stored inside during nighttime hours and securing pet doors.

  • Making sure trashcans have tight fitting lids.

  • Installing hardwire mesh behind foundation vents.

  • Using wooden latticework to block possible entry points under decking. Before doing this, make certain there are no wild animals under there already!

  • Harvesting fruit and vegetable gardens as soon as they are ready and pick up fallen fruits promptly.

Following all of these prevention tips can help to deter raccoons from finding your home a ‘wildlife friendly’ zone. If it’s too late and you are lying awake at night listening to the sound of raccoons in your attic, contact Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions for unsurpassed wildlife removal in St. Louis and Mid-Missouri. Our wildlife management professionals will locate the areas in which raccoons have entered your property and help eliminate these pests quickly and effectively. For more information on our St. Louis wildlife removal services, please give us a yell.

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