The raccoon is the most common animal that we handle, probably due to its varied habits and adaptable nature. In natural environments, raccoons occupy woodlands, wetlands, meadows, and so on. They will live wherever food, water and shelter are readily available. This flexibility is the reason that raccoons are so numerous in urban locations as well. They make themselves at home in attics, crawlspaces, deserted buildings, chimneys, under stoops, decks and sheds. The abundance of den sites in populated locations leads to many disputes between humans and raccoons.
Humane Raccoon Removal in Saint Charles, Illinois
Saint Charles is a village located west of the Chicago Metropolitan Area, in DuPage County, Illinois, United States. Rich in history, this town boasts an attractive and cost-effective location to live, work and raise a family. Located along the banks of Salt Creek, Saint Charles is likewise home to raccoons. These intelligent animals will climb their way onto your home or building and raise their young. Fortunately, damage caused by raccoon infestations is usually covered under a home owner insurance policy, however the trapping and removal may not be. Raccoons will defecate and ruin insulation once they have taken up residence in your attic, chimney or wall cavity. We are your locally trusted wildlife exclusion expert. We have been successfully removing raccoons from the Saint Charles, Illinois region for over two decades. Contact us immediately or simply use our appointment scheduler if you are experiencing a raccoon intrusion in your home.
Saint Charles Raccoon Prevention Tips:
Don’t feed them.
Don’t keep your pets food outside.
Keep your garbage inside the garage until garbage day.
Install commercial chimney caps.
Install hardware cloth inside attic vent and openings.
Repair broken, weak or rotted areas on your roof, soffit and fascia.
Trim tree branches that provide animals with access to your roof.
Before hiring a specialist, verify they have a DNR permit.
Saint Charles Raccoons In Attic
Does it sound like a person is in your attic? Are you hearing loud chirping at night?
Most customers, that call, claim the animal sounds larger than it is. A mouse will sound like a squirrel, a squirrel-like a raccoon and a raccoon-like a human or” Sasquatch”.
Raccoons gain entry into attics in a variety of ways. In most cases, they will create costly damage while creating their openings. Raccoons can sense weak spots in your home and take advantage of them. They seem to learn from their parent which is the best method for them.
How to get rid of a raccoon
Raccoons are protected under state law in most cases, and are classified as furbearers, meaning a license or permit is required to trap or hunt them. Because of this, how to kill a raccoon legally will vary from state to state, and is a job best left to professionals. As with many types of nuisance animals and pests, the best way to get rid of raccoons is to not invite them in the first place. Removing their food sources and making your environment less friendly should also encourage any raccoons that are there to move along.
How to get rid of raccoon poop
Groups of raccoons pick one spot to be the communal defecation area, often referred to as a raccoon latrine. This can pose a problem if that spot happens to be located in your yard, because of the roundworm eggs often carried in raccoon poop. The roundworm’s effect on people can vary from no symptoms at all to severe issues with the eyes or nervous system. This parasite is primarily contracted when people come into contact with raccoon feces or accidentally ingest water or soil that has been contaminated by it. Raccoon feces have a strong scent, and are usually dark in color and shaped like a tube. Common latrine sites include decks and patios, attics or garages, near the base of trees and large rocks or woodpiles. A Centers for Disease Control factsheet on raccoon latrines advocates these methods for cleanup.
” Take care to avoid contaminating hands and clothes. Wear disposable gloves. Wear rubber boots that can be scrubbed or cover your shoes with disposable booties that can be thrown away, so that you do not bring eggs into your household. Wear a N95-rated respirator (available at local hardware stores) if working in a confined space to prevent accidental ingestion of eggs or other harmful materials. … [Outdoors] Feces and material contaminated with raccoon feces should be removed (using a shovel or inverted plastic bag) and burned, buried, or bagged and placed in the trash to be sent to a landfill. Most chemicals do not kill roundworm eggs, but heat will kill the eggs instantly. Treat feces-soiled decks, patios, and other surfaces with boiling water or a propane torch. ** Disinfect hard, smooth surfaces (including shovel blades) with boiling water. To help further reduce the risk of possible infection, wash your hands well with soap and warm running water. Clean/launder your clothes thoroughly using hot water and detergent.”
When Raccoon prevention fails
If preventative measures do not work, there are a number of traps available for raccoon exclusion. However, traps often require a permit, and measures must then be taken to release the animals in a safe, unpopulated area. It is usually best to call in a professional when raccoons have invaded your home. We offer control plans to help you remove them and keep them out.
Control and Safety Services
To keep the small, furry animals away from homes and property, be sure to eliminate food sources that draw them near. Placing guards on top of chimney openings and sealing up all gaps along with the exteriors of attic walls also serves to keep raccoons from gaining entry to homes.
Raccoons are protected fur-bearing animals and receive additional legal protections as game animals in most states. Live trapping and relocation may not be an option, since it is illegal in some states to transfer and release captive animals in locations other than the original capture site. Only certified specialists and licensed trappers may remove and dispose of problem raccoons outside of specified seasons.
Raccoons can be a real pain. There are dozens of reasons to remove a raccoon from your property, but most importantly is the safety of your workers or family.
We know raccoons can cause problems that make life difficult. You should contact a pest professional such as Ehrlich. We can get rid of the raccoons so they do not harm you or your property.
Raccoon removal services
As your local pest control experts, we understand the stress and frustration that can be caused by a raccoon infestation. All Saint Charles Technicians providing raccoon removal services are individually licensed to perform wildlife trapping as required by state law.
In addition to baiting and trapping services, our technicians will also make recommendations to customers on how to best prevent future raccoon infestations.