Raccoon removal can be dangerous; take the right steps for your family’s safety.

Major Health & Safety Concerns

Although a common part of Virginia’s wildlife population, raccoons can be serious pests and pose grave health risks if they move into your home or office building. What’s more, they’re getting progressively more comfortable around humans, so the chances of contracting rabies is higher than ever before.

Raccoons can spread the rabies virus among themselves, to other animals, and infect people as well. The infection occurs if an unvaccinated animal or person is bitten by a rabid raccoon, whose saliva carries the virus, which in turn attacks the victim’s nervous system. Thankfully, a prompt vaccination will protect you from getting infected if you get scratched or bitten.

Raccoons can also carry a dangerous parasite called roundworm, which can cause disorders of the eye and central nervous system – and even lead to death in severe cases. Roundworm infections can happen when people accidentally ingest the eggs (found in raccoon droppings) because they’ve come into contact with a contaminated area – and failed to thoroughly wash their hands or other objects in their possession at the time.

Common tainted outdoor areas, where raccoons leave droppings, are at the base of trees, large rocks, woodpiles, as well as in and round barns and other outbuildings. Racoons who have nestled inside buildings may scatter droppings in attics, fireplaces and other areas of your home or business. In addition to rabies and roundworm, racoons are also susceptible to the infectious parvo and distemper viruses which can be transmitted to your pets.

What’s more, raccoons can be a costly nuisance because they’ve been known to raid garbage cans, dig up vegetable gardens, and freshly sodded areas of your lawn, and damage roofs and wall spaces.

The Problem Signs.

It’s relatively easy to determine if you have a raccoon problem, simply review the following traits of their presence:

  • Check your vegetables: if you have a garden or crops, racoons love ripe vegetables and fruit ready for picking, especially watermelons and sweet corn. If you notice partially eaten ears of corn with their husks pulled back – raccoons could be your culprit.
  • Look for tracks: Racoons have distinctive tracks – five long fingers and toes with short sharp claws. If you see this type of animal track, you might have raccoons on your premises.
  • Identify entry holes: Raccoons can work their way into your home by tearing through weak parts of your walls, roof, siding, soffit, attic vents and dormers. Once inside they can continue causing damage with their droppings (poop) soiling the insulation in your attic .
  • Listen for noises: Sometimes mother raccoons will give birth and raise their young in chimneys and attics – creating a considerable amount of noise in those areas. Raccoons are active at night, so take note if noises increase after the sun goes down. Young raccoons are very vocal and make a chattering sound.
  • Sniff out unpleasant odors: Because raccoons leave droppings where they reside, if you notice unpleasant smells coming from your attic or walls – you might have raccoons living with you.

Removing Raccoons.

When you combine the health risks, monetary damage, and noise nuisance racoons can create – ridding them from your home or office should be a priority. The only safe and humane way to remove raccoons is to trap and remove them; but remember, racoons can be dangerous, so this isn’t a task for the untrained. Your first step is to:

  1. Locate the problem.
    Note if your raccoon problem seems to be primarily in your home, outside, or both. Also try to determine if there are multiple raccoons or even a litter of babies around.
  2. Avoid contact.
    Remember, raccoons carry potentially deadly viruses if rabid, and also have very sharp claws and teeth. Avoid contamination or harm by not trying to pick them up or move them. If possible, close doors/entry ways to isolate the raccoon, or remove your children and pets to a safe, secure place.
  3. Call our team immediately.
    The only way to extricate a raccoon is to contact us so we can safely trap and remove it. One of our friendly wildlife control operators will be able to talk with you about your situation, then provide the best solution for you and your family.

We’ll then have one of our trained professionals come out to perform our raccoon removal service in Richmond. What’s more, because of our expertise, we don’t use lethal traps (which aren’t even legal in all states), so you can rest assured knowing the job will be done right – for everybody – when you work with us.

Why choose us?

We don’t just do this job without consideration for both our clients and the animals. We’re constantly learning how to improve what we do, which make us Virginia’s leading Raccoon Removal and Management Professionals. Our expertise ensures we’re able to humanely take care of your racoon problem.

Once we trap and remove the raccoons, we’ll help you implement a plan so they don’t return. Our team are also trained to search for a litter of baby racoons, which require careful removal by hand. It’s also vital you get our help to clean-up the contaminated areas, such as fireplaces and attics because roundworm eggs can survive for years and are immune to many disinfectants.

As your local team of wildlife removal specialists, we not only guarantee our customers are fully satisfied, but that they’ll be able to fully trust us, too. Don’t take on a risk you’re not trained for, give us a call at (804) 729-9103 today and leave the raccoon removal and management to our team.

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