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Raccoon Removal

Raccoon on house's roof.
Raccoon on house’s roof.

If a raccoon moves into your home or professional building, we will go about the process of removing them and keeping them out in much the same manner as we would any other wildlife nuisance abatement.

We begin with an inspection to establish where the raccoons are coming in and out with the understanding that there is often more than one spot on a structure.

Even worse, if we take away one opening, most raccoons will be persistent enough to attempt to break back in through another weak spot.

Therefore, we must strengthen ALL weak areas in your building to have confidence in our work to offer our customers a warranty.

We will go about this by setting traps over any major openings which were discovered upon the inspection.

As we go around the structure sealing all openings and strengthening weak spots, any animals remaining inside will be forced through the traps when they attempt to leave to obtain food. We will leave the traps over the opening for several days, checking them on a daily basis when they are set to capture until we are certain that no animals remain inside.

Occasionally, if the weather forecast is particularly ominous or a religious holiday needs to be observed, we will leave traps on a building or around a property but wire them in such a way that makes them inoperable for a day or two, thereby making it IMPOSSIBLE to trap an animal.

That way, if checking the traps will be impossible during those few days, no animals will be left in traps unlawfully. This often works in favor of our trapping program as well, because animals on the grounds will become accustomed to being able to enter and exit the traps, therefore believing those traps to be harmless after they are re-set and baited.

Once we are sure no raccoons are remaining inside a structure, we’ll remove the traps, seal up those openings, and protect your home and family with a warranty against raccoons breaking back into the structure.

Some important issues typically occur with invasive raccoons that homeowners should be aware of:

First, raccoons can be very wary animals. Sometimes just having our presence inside an attic for inspection or during the homeowner’s investigation, the human scent that is left behind is enough to convince raccoons to leave.

But beware, this “voluntary vacating” is typically short-lived and most often the same raccoon family will end up back in your attic within a month. This is just another reason to properly animal-proof your home the first time the animals make their way in they will continue to cause expensive damage until they discover that your home is inaccessible, once and for all.

Another issue with raccoons is their notoriously stubborn nature. It is not uncommon to have a suspicious mother raccoon refuse to go into a trap. Unfortunately, we have experienced raccoons staying in an attic for over two weeks rather than try to attempt to leave through an opening that has had a trap put over it.

These intelligent animals will even sometimes find a way to escape without being trapped! For example, we’ve experienced instances of raccoons picking up and shaking the trap, setting it off, and then leaving through the opening.

It’s not uncommon to NOT make a catch during a raccoon job. But just because that raccoon has left your attic, for now, many times they will return eventually. The key is to do a complete and thorough seal-up the first time because you can be sure that raccoons will come back to test the integrity of the work.

If, for example, a raccoon has gotten into your attic through the gable vent and left on its own, sealing just the gable vent will not be enough to keep that animal out in the future.

Remember, the animals think your attic is their house. If you don’t seal the whole house, that raccoon may very well come back and tear another part of your home apart in order to break back in, especially if you inadvertently sealed their babies inside while the mother raccoon was out gathering their dinner. Consider it money well spent to have a professional trapping program and proper seal-out of the entire house for your family’s well-being.

When sealing for raccoons, homeowners should be aware that sometimes the process goes very quickly but sometimes the animals will sulk in the attic, making the trapping and removal process extremely challenging. But rest assured as Fischer Wildlife Control & Repairs will see it through and make sure they don’t come back ever again.

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