Mating Season For Raccoons Is Upon Us

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.

Raccoon Damage
Trapping Repairs

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.

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The Truth about Feeding Birds & Other Wildlife on Your Property

From backyard birdfeeders to stray cats and curious squirrels, people often can’t resist the urge to feed the wildlife they encounter in backyards, parks and even workplaces.

Unfortunately, many fail to realize that when they set out the buffet for their favorites, they’re is-suing an open invitation to others, whose company can be far less charming.

Many problematic – and destructive – species are opportunistic feeders more than happy to make a meal of wild birdfeed or other snacks.

As more than a few backyard birdwatchers and gardeners have experienced firsthand, squirrels will empty birdfeeders, and rabbits, deer and more squirrels have a habit of making off with your hard-earned produce. But it gets worse: rats and mice also love bird seed along with the animals that prey on them. Want snakes under your bird feeder?

Prevent Winter Wildlife Conflicts

Those are just the best-known of the uninvited diners, and relatively minor consequences. A wide variety of stealthier and less welcome critters are attracted to birdseed, cat and dog food and just about any other available food source, including skunks, possum, raccoons, bears, mice, rats, and voles, especially as winter approaches.

As temperatures fall, your reputation for hospitality can start to get around, and some of these animals may decide that your property looks like a good place to stay over.

With more than two decades of experience as a licensed and certified wildlife control expert, it’s a message RAC owner Rusty Fields has had to deliver many times to homeowners, property managers and office workers – animal conflicts are not limited to raccoons in the attic.

“When you’re feeding wild animals, you’re creating problems and safety issues for yourself, your families and neighbors, your co-workers and employees,” Fields says. “Birds may be nice, but your bird feeder can also attract rodents and other pests.”

Best Practice for Feeding the Wildlife Include: Don’t

If you are landlord, building owner or proper manager, education is a key, if often overlooked, component of your wildlife control strategies. You might be surprised at some of the places that wildlife feeding takes place.

Not long ago, RAC was called out to an office building where employees had been hand-feeding a squirrel. A building tenant called RAC after an employee was bitten. RAC was able to trap the squirrel which, luckily, wasn’t rabid.

Your tenants may find them adorable, but squirrels do not make good office mates and have been known to get very aggressive.

While other rodents, like mice and rats, are less likely to be getting a deliberate handout, they have an excellent sense of where to find the unintentional kind.

Education & Experienced Help for Wildlife Removal

Education can begin with posting flyers in office and apartment building common areas. Best practices also include paying attention to the location and type of bird feeders on your property.

While you can install various devices on bird feeders to deter squirrels, even the best practices won’t entirely solve the pest problem, says Fields. As Montana wildlife control expert Stephen Vantassel wrote on his blog: “Bird feeders that feed animals other than birds are one of the surest ways to ensure that hiring a wildlife control operator is in your future.”

Animals are creative and, when they’re hungry, they’ll do whatever they can to get food.

Properties with outdoor amenities for tenants should also take care to prevent inadvertently inviting problems. Pools, fountains and garbage cans can all attract hungry and thirsty wildlife that can pose a danger to residents or employees.

RAC was called to an office building where it was believed a raccoon was getting into the garbage. It turned out there were seven raccoons, all trapped and removed from the premises by RAC.

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Contact us to learn more about ways to protect your property, your tenants or your family members from dangerous, destructive and unhealthy wildlife conflicts. For help with an active wildlife conflict or if you suspect that wildlife has taken up residence in your home, workplace or other commercial building, give us a call right away.

RAC is licensed, certified and experienced in the safe and humane management, prevention and mitigation of wildlife conflicts for commercial, industrial and residential properties.

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