Raccoons are commonly known as those annoying bandits often seen rifling through garbage cans and pet food bowls left outside, but there is more you should know about these creatures. From overturning your garbage cans in search of a snack to taking up residence in your attic, raccoons have the potential to cause serious damage to your home, and they pose a significant health risk to you and your family due to the diseases they are known to carry.
Though most commonly found in wooded areas, raccoons are becoming increasingly common in urbanized and residential areas due to shrinking natural habitats and a surplus of easy food sources. Spring and fall are the breeding seasons for raccoons, and each female can birth up to six babies at a time. These creatures are social in nature and tend to stay together in small groups. Something that separates raccoons from other four-legged animals is their exceptional dexterity which allows them to use their paws in a similar way that we use our hands.
Know the Signs
When it comes to raccoon problems, you should always be on the lookout for the signs of their activity. If you’re consistently finding them on your property or in your garbage at night, there is a good chance that they have infiltrated your crawlspace or attic as well. Signs of their activity include:
- Finding your insulation shredded up as it is used for nesting
- Pungent odor of urine present in the home
- Hearing the raccoons scampering around in your attic or crawlspace at night, as they are nocturnal
Help from the Professionals
When you’re faced with a raccoon infestation on your property, we always recommend enlisting the help of a professional to remove them safely. The expert technicians at Critter Control® of Waco are standing by to help. With over three decades of removal experience, we have the knowledge and tools necessary to get the raccoons out, while keeping your family and home safe. Call us today at 469.805.6267 with any questions or to schedule your consultation.