Between the months of October and May, many of you may begin to hear bumps and thumps in your attics. You might think you have ghosts or some sort of intruder – When in reality you may have a raccoon invading your space. Why is it important to remove a raccoon from your attic? Raccoons can pose many risks to your home and your health if they continue to find their way back inside. In this article we will discuss why you may have a raccoon, the dangers of having raccoons in your attic and who to call to remove a raccoon if one has invaded your space.
Why would a raccoon be in my attic?
Like bats and most other critters, raccoons come to your home for safety, comfort and as a possible food source. Since raccoons have gotten accustomed to living around the hustle and bustle of humans and cities, they have began to start gravitating towards more man-made structures, like homes and other buildings. Raccoons, primarily, find their food from our trash cans. In saying so, when they find that they can find a constant food source sitting out by your garage or your curb, eventually they won’t want to leave and will find a way inside your residence to keep the free meals & shelter going. In addition, attic spaces make for perfect nesting grounds to have and care for their young. Between late February and April, raccoon mothers will begin their litters and use your attic insulation to provide warmth for their young.
What’s wrong with letting raccoons stay in my home?
Although they may seem harmless and you may not see the problem with allowing a raccoon and their family to reside in your home, they can cause more of a mess than you may realize. The infectious diseases carried by raccoons can affect humans and pets. Raccoons often defecate and urinate in the same place. Overtime this creates piles known as raccoon latrines. Raccoon latrines are generally found in tree bases, stumps, garages, under decks and in attics. If anyone is around the latrine and comes in contact with the fecal matter, they run the chance of contracting raccoon ringworm. Humans can easily inhale these eggs and become infected if the fecal matter is disturbed and becomes airborne. After the eggs are swallowed, they hatch into larvae that move to different parts of the body and within a week, can cause serious illness. In addition to major health risks, raccoons can also damage electrical wires, soffits, roofing material, insulation and so much more. This can add up to many costly repairs or a potential house fire.
Who can I call to remove a raccoon or a raccoon family?
Although they can be cute to look at, raccoons can be aggressive if they feel threatened or if they feel like someone or something is going to hurt their young. To remove a raccoon, one has to be a specialist with the correct equipment, the knowledge and proper sanitation products. That is why Varmint Gone is the top choice when it comes to removing raccoons from homes or businesses. Our professional team of wildlife experts are skilled and have the knowledge necessary to safely remove a raccoon, seal up any access points, remove all soiled or ruined debris/insulation and remediate and disinfect the area to eradicate any potential health risks.
What is my next step?
Varmint Gone understands the importance of protecting your home and your family. We also have decades of experience and training to ensure that your home is cleaned and sealed correctly… the first time! Schedule an inspection online or call Varmint Gone at 888-391-3330, today. Varmint Gone is a licensed, insured, and local veteran owned wildlife removal company providing fast and reliable raccoon removal services to homeowners and commercial facilities since 1983.