While they may look cute and cuddly, a raccoon infestation is a serious problem, especially if left untreated. From causing property damage, leaving tiny droppings, and potentially carrying disease, raccoons are the last creatures you want as a roommate. Below are the steps you should take if you discover your home is infested with these pesky vermin.
Inspect the Infested Area
The first step is to discover if and how much of a problem you may have. Signs of raccoon infestation include;
- Property damage
- Overturned or open garbage containers
- Fecal droppings
- Noise (such as movement in the attic or roof)
Also note which area of your home seems to be housing the raccoons, as they may only infest a certain area, such as an attic or basement.
Exclusion and Habitat Modification
The easiest way to reduce and prevent raccoon infestation is to prevent them from getting access to your home. You can do this through exclusion, where you seal off any entry points into your house.
To do this, make sure to seal spots that raccoons can access, including crawl spaces, chimneys, holes, under decks, garages, and more. Make sure all vents are heavy duty and animal proof, and install caps on any chimney or roof vents. Furthermore, make sure there are at least 6 to 8 inches between trees and your home to ensure raccoons cannot enter that way. Finally, make sure to keep all windows and doors closed, and any outside garbage containers locked and animal-proof.
Reduce Water and Food Sources
Raccoons are attracted to areas with an abundant food supply, such as easy-to-access garbage bins or compost. Likewise, they also gravitate to areas with water access, including small ponds and swimming pools.
Limiting their access to food and water is key. If possible, keep trash bins indoors overnight and make sure they are locked with tight fitting lids and cover compost piles. Never leave food outside, especially dog or cat food. Don’t grow fruits or vegetables and quit using bird feeders. Furthermore, use mesh wire or other coverings to cover small ponds and swimming pools. Ensure that downspouts move water away from the property.
Use Racoon Traps and Repellents
Raccoon repellents may help to deter further invasion, but it is most likely not enough to resolve an entire infestation. Likewise, you can choose to use non-lethal traps to trap and then remove raccoons living in your home. However, both of these options require caution and knowledge, so as not to risk the lives of you or the raccoons. Thus, if your infestation requires the use of repellents and traps, it may be time to call in the professionals.
Call in the Professionals
Using a professional company to get rid of your raccoon infestation will ensure the job is done the right way. They will begin by capturing the racoons by hand, using baited cage traps that cause no harm to the vermin, and then performing a complete decontamination.
Decontamination will ensure your entire home is clean and pest-free as well as fix any property damage caused by the infestation, including patching holes and cleaning up feces. The professionals will also block out and reinforce any potential entry points to prevent future infestation.
If you have a raccoon infestation, contact Elite Decontamination today for a free estimate and to begin the process necessary to ensure your home is raccoon-free.