Raccoons… And ‘possums… And squirrels… Oh, my!!
Yes, these critters are quite cute!... BUT, do you really want them abiding in your home?! Some of them find their way into your attics when the weather turns cold in early winter and you may not even know they are there. You are probably thinking those little paw-steps are very large mice. Raccoons and possums can be very quiet during their winter semi-hibernation. These animals may make their way into these spaces as they are seeking safe nesting sites for the birthing and raising of their young. It is truly astounding how a tiny hole in siding, soffits, facia or roofing can be opened up by those little paws to make a grander entrance to your home – attics, walls, ceilings, crawl-spaces, etc. And oh, what a mess they make!!
So, if they have come to live with you, what can you do about this? If you know when they leave to get outside for feeding, you can take that time to patch in their entrance/exit sites while they are away. Upon their return, it is not unheard of them working hard enough to break into your well-planned attempts to keep them out. The best way to solve the issue permanently is to trap them. Professional disclaimer time: you will probably not want to do this yourself! You will want to find a licensed wildlife removal service. If this service does humane trapping and release, please make certain they release your houseguests many miles from their current habitat. You don’t want them returning to your house – or your neighbors’.
The mess they leave behind – also referred to as “raccoon latrines” – can cause serious health concerns. Things to consider are parasites – especially roundworms –, viruses, bacteria, and other microbial elements. Each one of these needs to be attended in order to return your home to a healthy, human-inhabitable condition, as many of these cross species to humans. Our staff is fully trained and certified to clean up after your critter houseguests.
If this is a disaster that has occurred in your home or commercial building, we can make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us. We can help you find someone to remove these “cuties,” talk with your insurance company about the restoration work needed and get your home back to full health.