Raccoon Identification & Prevention

What are raccoons?

Raccoons are cat-sized mammals that are easily recognizable because of their unique markings. They are among the most familiar wild animals to find their way to our Cumming, Georgia, properties. They are most well-known for their black “mask” of fur that covers their eyes. In addition, raccoons have whitish patches on top of the eyes and around the nose. Their body is covered in salt and pepper-colored fur, and their tail is gray with black rings.

a raccoon

Are raccoons dangerous?

While most raccoons are unlikely to be aggressive, they can spread bacteria and disease-causing pathogens, including rabies, leptospirosis, and salmonella. They carry many parasites like fleas and ticks that they can introduce into our yards and homes. 

In addition to health risks, raccoons are destructive. Raccoons are challenging to keep out of buildings and other unwanted areas as their hand-like paws allow them to manipulate objects and dig through your lawn and gardens.

If you own dogs, having raccoons rummaging around your home and yard can drive them crazy and cause excessive, annoying barking. 

Raccoons are wildlife and pose a danger to people. Therefore, removing raccoons from your property is never something to handle on your own; always partner with a professional when dealing with these pests.

Why do I have an raccoon problem?

Raccoons have adapted to living near people and have learned that our yards and homes provide them with helpful food, water, and shelter sources. Some of their favorite places to make their dens include under decks, inside chimneys, crawl spaces, brush piles, hollow trees, and rock piles. 

Signs of a raccoon problem include scratch marks and droppings at the base of trees in your yard, overturned trashcans or compost bins, trash bags that have been torn open, and torn siding and window screens or damaged chimney caps. 

At any sign or notice of raccoons in your yard, consult with a professional and implement a wildlife control plan.

Where will I find raccoons?

Raccoons live across the country, taking up residence in many different types of habitats, including:

  • Wooded areas

  • Fields

  • Wetlands

  • Parks

  • Suburban, urban, and rural areas

Most raccoons are nocturnal. They rest during the day in their dens and emerge at night to scavenge for food and water. These animals are omnivores and have a varied diet of nuts, fruits, vegetables, insects, eggs, and other proteins. Their favorite foraging sites include dumpsters, trash cans, pet food dishes, gardens, fruit trees, and chicken coops.

How do I get rid of raccoons?

If raccoons have found their way onto your property and decided to call it home, removing them as quickly as possible is vital. Because they are carriers of rabies, these animals should only be handled by trained professionals. For help with raccoon control in Cumming, partner with the experts at BigHeart Wildlife Removal. 

We will get rid of raccoons and prevent their return with the help of our thorough inspections, effective removal process, and exclusion services. Our professionals have a good understanding of the laws associated with wildlife removal and control. We will ensure that each animal we trap and remove is treated humanely. For raccoon prevention and control, call us today.

How can I prevent raccoons in the future?

Implement the following prevention tips to help avoid raccoon issues on your Georgia property. 

  • Keep raccoons from foraging in trash cans by placing all trash bags in receptacles with locking lids.

  • Stop raccoons from tipping over trash cans by placing a heavy brick or rock in the bottoms. 

  • Regularly harvest fruits and vegetables from gardens.

  • Remove fallen or hollow trees from your yard.

  • Don’t leave pet food out at night. 

  • Repair damage to your home’s chimney, roof, windows, or exterior walls that raccoons could use as entry points.

  • If you own chickens, make sure their coop is secure.

For humane raccoon removal, call BigHeart Wildlife Removal today.

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