January marked the beginning of mating season for raccoons and now through April, after completing their 63 day gestation period, they will be giving birth. On average, a raccoon litter will have three to six “kits”. It is very common for raccoons to give birth in homes whether it be the attic, crawlspace, or even in between your walls as they look for a safe place for their young.
Seemingly minor offenses like having an unsecured trash can or leaving out pet food and bird feeders can result in your property becoming the perfect place for raccoons to raise a litter.
Signs Of A Raccoon Problem On Your Property
Damage to your home can signal a raccoon problem. Raccoons can be exceptionally destructive creatures when trying to enter your home, only needing a 4-inch hole to enter a space. They will often pull apart vents, soffits, chimney caps or even parts of your roof to find a safe place for their young to be born. Once a raccoon is in your home, it can damage insulation, wiring and contaminate the space it chooses to occupy with urine and feces.
While strewn trash in the yard, toppled garbage cans or feces on your roof can be a sign of raccoons, your own animals may often try to inform you as well. Your pets may act strange when there is a raccoon in your home by constantly looking at the wall or ceiling as they may hear them before you do.
Health Risks Of Nesting Raccoons
Raccoon feces could potentially expose you to microscopic raccoon roundworm eggs. Raccoon roundworm is a parasitic worm that can cause blindness, brain damage and even death. Due to these health risks, it is important to hire a professional service like Rusty’s Animal Control for the removal of the raccoons, cleanup and repairs.
Did You Know Your Raccoon Damage Could Potentially Be Covered By Insurance?
When raccoons cause damage to your home, it is important to have your property inspected. After an inspection and determining the damage has been done by raccoons, we typically recommend reaching out to your homeowner’s insurance to see if your policy covers the roof, attic, and other damaged areas of your home. However, insurance companies often do not cover the damage done to your personal property within the home.
Damage done by a raccoon who entered an attic & the repairs done by RAC after trapping
Expert Help For Raccoon Problems This Mating Season
When removing a raccoon during mating season, it is especially important to make sure their young are removed from the area as well. After trapping a raccoon, we determine if it is male or female. If the raccoon is female, we ensure that she does not have any kits left in the space and then we help you make informed decisions on what to do next.
If you suspect that raccoons or other forms of wildlife have taken up residence at your home, office or commercial space, don’t wait—contact the experts at Rusty’s Animal Control (RAC). We can help solve your wildlife problems with exclusion, trapping, cleanup and prevention.
We are a licensed and certified wildlife control company with decades of experience in providing safe, effective and humane solutions to your wildlife conflicts. Contact us for help solving your raccoon and other animal control problems today.