Raccoons are a common subject of wildlife exclusion requests. Wildlife exclusion refers to the process of preventing or excluding animals from entering certain areas, such as homes, buildings, or properties, where they can cause damage or pose a nuisance. Raccoons are skilled and adaptable creatures that are known to enter human habitats in search of food, shelter, and nesting sites. Some reasons why raccoons often require exclusion efforts include:
Property Damage: Raccoons can cause significant damage to homes, attics, roofs, and other structures while seeking shelter. They might tear apart roofing materials, insulation, and even damage electrical wiring.
Nuisance Behavior: Raccoons are known to rummage through trash cans and dumpsters in search of food, which can lead to messes and unsightly scenes. Their activities can also disturb the peace and quiet of residential areas.
Health Risks: Raccoons can carry diseases such as rabies and can transmit parasites like ticks and fleas. Their feces can also pose health risks, as they may contain harmful bacteria.
Nesting: Raccoons might choose attics, chimneys, or other secluded areas to nest and raise their young. This can lead to noise, odor, and further property damage.
Potential Aggression: While raccoons are generally not aggressive towards humans, they can become defensive if they feel threatened, potentially leading to confrontations.
It's important to note that handling wildlife exclusion and removal often requires expertise to ensure that it's done humanely and effectively, while also adhering to local regulations and laws surrounding wildlife control. If you're dealing with raccoon issues, contact Secured Environments.