RACCOON PEST CONTROL
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Raccoons have 40 teeth including four long and sharp canine teeth at the front of their mouth.
A racoon's average life span in the wild is 2 to 3 years, however, they can live up to 20 years in captivity.
A raccoon can run at speeds of up to 15 miles per hour.
The raccoon has the ability to rotate their hind feet a full 180 degrees to allow for their ability to climb down from trees head first.
Most everyone is familiar with this mischievous pest and their signature masked eyes and ringed tails. Though they are obviously not meant to be domesticated creatures, over time, raccoons have adapted to urban and developed areas in Southern California.
In natural settings, raccoons prefer to live in hollowed out trees and logs near bodies of waters such as lakes, ponds, and streams.
In the wild their diet cycles through seasons preferring insects and fish in spring and summer, and fruits, nuts, and grains in late summer or fall.
Raccoons will seek out conditions that most closely resemble natural settings in our developed and urban areas, but they know how to survive without them.
It is common for raccoons to make themselves at home in houses and residential buildings. Raccoons are known to build their dens, harborage and living spaces, beneath porches, outbuildings, attics, subareas and chimneys.
They are opportunistic feeders eating just about anything they can get their paws on. In an urban or developed area, raccoons are known to eat pet food, eggs, cereals, bread, earthworms, snails, insects, frogs, mice and other small animals.
Typically, their number one source of food around residential areas are trash cans or garbage areas. Perhaps raccoons’ second preferred food source in developed areas are those areas where excessive or pooled water is present allowing them to hunt for worms, insects, and grubs on which to feed.
They pose certain risks and threats to your home when they invade your spaces. When raccoons grub for worms and insects, they are known to roll back sod and cause landscaping damage.
They are also known to be carriers and transmitters of fleas and can also acquire and transmit rabies. For the most part, they avoid interacting with humans or other large animals, but can develop territorial tendencies (especially when they perceive their young to be in danger) and have been known to display signs of aggression towards people and their pets.
Raccoon pest control requires expert knowledge and a comprehensive plan built on the principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in order to produce long lasting results while maintaining responsible environmental practices.
Accurate Termite and Pest Control has licensed and experienced technicians that can provide a comprehensive and responsible raccoon pest control program customized for your home. The first step with setting up any effective raccoon pest control program is inspection and assessment.
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The purpose of a raccoon pest control inspection of your home is not necessarily to find the raccoons themselves as it is not likely to see or find raccoons during the day given their nocturnal nature.
The purpose of a raccoon inspection of your home is mainly to:
(1) confirm the presence of raccoons
(2) deduce possible patterns of traffic and their food source(s)
(3) find possible points of entry into your home
(4) assess the level of the infestation as much as possible
Information you provide your technician can be very helpful in guiding them in the right direction to help them find what they are looking for to provide the best raccoon pest control possible.
Let your technician know about anything you suspect may be evidence of raccoons including fecal matter, landscaping damage (grubbing), overturned trash cans, signs of raiding in garbage areas, and confirmed or suspected raccoon sightings in the area.
Your technician will use the information you provide as well as any evidence of den making, damage to your home, raccoon tracks, or scat (raccoon fecal matter) to deduce possible traffic, routes and assess the level of infestation.
In general, raccoon exclusion is the best and most effective long-term approach to ridding your home of a raccoon infestation. Raccoon exclusion refers to the act of eliminating or restricting raccoons’ access to areas of your home they are used to trafficking. That could include sealing areas under home or porches, closing holes or gaps in walls, or creating enclosed spaces for trash and garbage storage.
If raccoons have already made a den somewhere within your home such as in your crawl spaces or attics, trapping may be necessary in order to first remove the raccoons before performing exclusion work. Trapping requires a special license from the California Department of Fish & Wildlife and must be performed by a professional. Your Accurate Termite and Pest Control technician will recommend the methods and products that will be effective at ridding your home of a raccoon infestation.
PREVENTION & FOLLOW-UP
The best way to prevent a raccoon infestation from happening in your home is to make sure that your home does not offer raccoons any easily accessible food sources. Start by making sure that garbage in your trash cans is not in the open and accessible to animals.
Do not put your trash out in bags alone; rather, be sure that your trash bags are contained within plastic, metal, or other hard material trash cans. Be sure that your trash cans are tied to a support to prevent an accidental fall or tip-over of the trash can. Trash cans should always have tight fitting lids or straps in order to keep the trash fully enclosed and inaccessible.
Keep raccoons from entering your home by performing exclusion work in areas known to be accessed by raccoons. Raccoons are known to enter homes in search of shelter and often make use of gaps, crawl space access doors, chimneys, gable ends, under-eave areas, areas under decks and garage door openings to gain access into homes.
You can restrict a raccoon’s access into your chimney by installing a commercial spark arrestor cap and installing screen wire over chimney entry points. Raccoons can use other holes of about 5 inches in diameter to gain access into your home. Be sure to inspect your home for any holes of approximately 5 inches especially around siding, roofs, gables, and under soffits or eaves.
In order to prevent raccoons’ access from trees onto your roof, be sure to keep your trees trimmed and that there is at least a 5 foot space between your tree branches and your building. If you have water features with fish in your home’s exterior, use netting or mesh to cover the pond and restrict access to your fish.
Do not let water sit in your lawn and landscaping as this can attract raccoons looking for grubs. Be sure that low spots in your lawn are filled to prevent pooling, drained or excess water. Be sure that the downspouts from your gutters direct water away from your house and other areas of the property so that water does not collect.