The Villages' Complete Guide To Effective Raccoon Control
September 10, 2021 - Raccoons
Raccoons are mammals with four legs that reside in both urban and rural areas that are known for being scavengers. Raccoons are largely nocturnal, typically weigh between 10 and 30 pounds, and measure two to three feet in length. They have a very distinctive appearance with thick black, brown, grey, and white fur and a black “mask-like” face.
When they walk, raccoons often appear hunched over because their front and rear legs are different lengths. They spend much of the daytime hours inside crevices in trees or rocks or the former homes of burrowing animals. They are omnivorous and very opportunistic, and they can adeptly use their paws to rummage through gardens, trash cans, and dumpsters. The Villages property owners may notice signs of an intrusion by a raccoon, including torn screens or damages to roof shingles, wires, or insulation. They may also be heard rummaging through walls.
The Dangers And Health Risks Associated With Raccoons
Individuals are discouraged from attempting to approach a raccoon, as they might behave aggressively. Those who feed their house cats out in exterior areas such as decks, patios, or garages should be aware that raccoons may challenge their pet for the food dish. Raccoons are well-known carriers of rabies and also fleas, ticks, and other sources of disease. Raccoon roundworm (Baylisascaris) is another concern that exists in their feces. Along with rats, skunks, and other rodents, raccoons may spread leptospirosis, which is a bacterial condition.
Tips For Preventing Raccoons
Our team has come up with several suggestions to help you keep raccoons from making themselves at home on your property:
- Place a durable mesh around decks and elevated patios to keep them from potentially nesting beneath them.
- Replace damaged or loose window screens that might allow them access.
- Garbage cans placed outdoors should always have a tightly fitting lid.
- Trim back any excessive vegetation away from the property, remove any piles of unnecessary debris, and move firewood storage areas away from the structure's base.
- Remove bird feeders and birdbaths, which are likely to attract raccoons.
The Importance Of Consulting With A Pest Extermination Company
Some property owners attempt to try do-it-yourself treatments sold in local home improvement stores and online retailers. Specifically for raccoons, these may include repellants, traps, and various other products marketed as a quick and easy solution. In many cases, these options prove to be ineffective and result in further frustration.
The best way of responding to intrusions from pests is to consult with a licensed pest controller to get the job done right. The technicians with Bertram Pest Solutions have the latest training and equipment for expelling raccoons and other forms of wildlife in a manner that is humane, such as by employing methods of trapping and relocation. At the same time, we are now equipped with many of the latest eco-friendly treatment options that protect our local environment.
Leading Pest Control Company
Did you know that the team of experienced professionals with Bertram Pest Solutions has been assisting both home and business owners in The Villages' structure's region that has been struggling with pest-related concerns for more than 20 years now? Part of our formula for sustained success involves a dedication to providing the highest-quality customer service. This commitment is further reinforced by our A rating with the Better Business Bureau (BBB), and many referrals from our existing customers further supports this.
In addition to rodents, our experts will safely and efficiently banish infiltrations involving termites, bed bugs, cockroaches, and many other troublesome pests that might pose health risks. Contact us today for an onsite inspection and estimate. Remember to ask about our quarterly pest control plans that have proven very effective at keeping properties free of pests all year long.