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How to Prevent Raccoons & Get Rid of Nuisance Wildlife in Your Calabasas, CA Attic

Raccoons can be considered pests because they tend to live in human dwellings. Homeowners will complain about raccoons living in attics and chimneys, tipping over trash cans and stealing pet food or bird seed. They can also cause damage and carry diseases. These are all good reasons for homeowners to want raccoons trapped and removed from their property.

Raccoon Characteristics

Raccoons are small animals with gray fur and a bushy ringed tail. They have a black mask around their eyes that might make them look cute, but the fact remains that they are wild animals that can damage your property, your pets and you! They are nocturnal and come out at night searching for food. They are omnivores and will eat anything they can get their string, nimble little hands on. They will tear into new areas looking for food and shelter, with attics being one of their favorite places to den. Raccoons mate in the winter and will be born in the spring. They can have a litter of 3-5 young that the mother will be extremely protective of. If you discover you have a raccoon in your home, chances are it’s a female with a litter of young. A female raccoon will tear open a hole in your roof to get inside. When they get inside, they will make a huge mess and leave urine and feces behind. Professionals will need to search for the young and remove them by hand before the mother is trapped and removed.

Raccoon Diseases

Raccoons can be potentially dangerous because they carry parasites and diseases.
• Rabies. They will bite if they feel threatened and can transmit rabies.
• Lyme disease. Ticks can transmit Lyme disease when they jump from one species to the next.
• Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Also common with ticks. Can be serious and lead to death.
• Tick paralysis. Ticks can secrete a toxin when they bite.
• Typhus. Can also be transmitted when ticks bite.
• Bubonic plague. Can be transmitted through fleas. It is a painful and dangerous disease.

Raccoon Prevention Tips

Keep raccoons away by using tight fitting lids on trash cans and containers that have food in them. Keep pet food indoors because leaving it outside will just increase the chance that your pet will encounter a raccoon. Motion activated lights and sounds can be effective in keeping raccoons away. Do not feed them! Raccoons don’t need your help with food. They are one of the most commonly dealt with nuisance animal because they have done a great job adapting to living around and with humans all on their own.

Wildlife Removal Services

There is no registered or effective raccoon repellent to deal with raccoons. The most effective way of getting rid of raccoons is to trap them and then remove them. Exclusion repairs will then need to be made to keep them out in the future. Getting rid of raccoons takes and integrated approach of applying several control methods at once and keeping them away for good. Contact Ventura Pest Control & Termite if you discover you’re dealing with raccoons. We look forward to hearing from you!

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