Raccoons in Fairfax, Alexandria and Arlington, VA

Raccoons in Fairfax, Alexandria and Arlington, VA

DO YOU HAVE A RACCOON NUISANCE CONCERN?

Raccoons have adapted to living in an urban environment and learned to coexist in human settings. They are one of the most commonly dealt with nuisance animals and won’t hesitate to take up residence in attics, chimneys, crawl spaces, barns, etc. The warmth and shelter offer them superior protection.

Once attracted, a raccoon will pry a hole in your home to find a den. They have learned that houses are excellent habitats and that garbage cans and dumpsters are great sources of food. Inside an attic, raccoons can cause substantial damage in very little time. They often rip open ducts, chew on electrical wiring, contaminate, tear and even destroy insulation. Raccoons are strong animals and a mother raccoon will become very combative if she feels that her babies are in danger.

HOW DO I GET RID OF RACCOONS?

Anyone working in attics, flues, or any den site where raccoon feces is present should use a protective respirator with HEPA filters, wear gloves, and follow safety practices to avoid accidental ingestion or inhalation of raccoon roundworm spores found in most feces. Clean-up of raccoon feces presents a safety concern and should be done using methods that prevent creating dust or contaminating living areas. Be sure to check your local trapping laws and legal requirements as they may differ from county to county. In some locations, trapping and relocation may not be an option. The safest method of removal is to contact a qualified professional to take care of the raccoon problem. Wildlife control specialists are trained to humanely catch and remove the troublesome raccoon from homes and attics.

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WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON DISEASES SPREAD BY RACCOONS?

Diseases spread by raccoons in the attic or home are rabies, raccoon roundworm, giardia, and leptospirosis. Raccoons are also a host for parasites like ticks, fleas, and mites which can transmit a number of diseases as well.

HOW DO WE GET RID OF RACCOONS?

Raccoons are protected fur-bearing animals and receive additional legal protections as game animals in most states. Live trapping and relocation is not an option in certain situations since it is illegal in some states to transfer and release captive animals in locations other than the original capture site. Only certified wildlife specialists and licensed trappers may remove and dispose of problem raccoons outside of specified seasons.

WHAT ARE SOME PREVENTATIVE MEASUREMENTS I CAN TAKE?

  • Do not feed wildlife
  • Seal garbage cans
  • Get your home inspected by a wildlife control specialist
  • Seal entry points (be sure that all wildlife is gone)
  • Get professional grade repairs done
  • Install raccoon guard
  • Install vent, ridge, or roof guards

WHAT ARE THE FEES ASSOCIATED WITH RACCOON REMOVAL?

The fees are variable depending on what is happening and if there are babies involved. Contact us for a free, no-obligation quote.

WHY SHOULD I ADDRESS THE PROBLEM?

Raccoons are one of the most destructive wildlife animals. The sooner the problem is addressed the less it is going to cost. A raccoon poses many problems to your home: They carry a number of parasites and diseases that can affect people or pets. They will search hard for food, and are fond of tipping over trash cans, raiding dumpsters, and stealing food. They will often break into a screened-in porch to get pet food.

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