Raccoons may seem harmless with their round, furry bodies, ringed tails, and skittish behavior, but don’t let them fool you. True to the bandit mask-like markings on their faces, these scavengers won’t hesitate to rob you of your peace of mind. Common Florida raccoon issues include damage to your garden or yard, garbage raids, or even invading your home. Learn more about these pesky animals and how you can safeguard your property against them with McCall Service.
Why do I have raccoons?Raccoons often rely on humans for food and shelter. From rifling through trash to hiding out in sheds and garages, they’re drawn to accessible food sources and dark, quiet places where they can raise their young. Raccoons are adept at knocking over trash cans and opening the lids unless you use a heavy-duty, tightly sealed trash can. As far as invading your attic, garage, or shed is concerned, raccoons get inside by gnawing and scratching at a small gap until it’s big enough for them to squeeze through.
Are raccoons dangerous?The main threat that raccoons pose is that of property damage, such as shredded insulation and spilled trash. However, they also pose several health and safety risks to Florida homeowners. Raccoons carry fleas, ticks, lice, and other pests, and can easily bring them into your house. Additionally, their waste contains a parasite called raccoon roundworm. Unless they’re actually inside your home, you may be tempted to ignore raccoons’ occasional garbage dive. Don’t accept your new ring-tailed neighbors so quickly: raccoons also carry rabies and can transmit this dangerous disease through bites or scratches.
How do I get rid of a raccoon problem?Like any wild animal, raccoons will bite and scratch in self-defense when they feel threatened. Additionally, breathing in their waste or touching dead raccoons creates the possibility of contracting parasites. Rather than deal with raccoons on your own, contact McCall Service’s professional wildlife specialists. We have the experience, knowledge, and equipment necessary to safely and effectively remove raccoons from your property.
How can I prevent raccoons in the future?The best way to get rid of raccoons is to enlist the assistance of trained wildlife control professionals. Whether raccoons are sniffing around your trash or you suspect some have found their way into your attic, McCall Service can help. Even if you’re not currently dealing with raccoons, we offer preventative services to prevent these critters from climbing indoors. Our raccoon control and prevention services include:
- Humane animal trapping
- Animal relocation
- Exclusion (pest-proofing)
- Damage control
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