Raccoon Removal Los Angeles

Raccoon Removal

If you’ve ever come face to face with a gnarly raccoon on your property, you know how not-fun it can be! And you probably want to get rid of the animal in question as swiftly as possible, which is why you’ve come to us.

At Animoval a Humane Wildlife Solution, we have over 20 years of experience in humanely and securely dealing with intrusive wildlife. In our time, we’ve seen more than our fair share of raccoons, rats, squirrels, and pretty much anything else you can think of. In other words, we know what we have to do to keep your property raccoon-free.

In the lines below, we’ll tell you all about it, and put your raccoon-rattled mind at ease.

 First, a word about raccoons…

In order to better understand the situation we’re in, it pays to talk a bit about the animal we’re dealing with. What exactly is a raccoon and what are its habits?

Biology and Appearance of Raccoons

The raccoon is a fairly small mammal usually found in North America. It’s usually covered by a thick coat of gray fur (to protect it against cold weather), and is easily distinguishable by its white face “mask”.

The raccoon usually measures around 16 to 28 inches in length (or roughly, 40 to 70 cm). It’s not too heavy, most specimens weighing between 10 and roughly 50 pounds (or 5 to 30 kg, in extreme cases).

Many people will recognize the raccoon by its highly dexterous paws, and its unmistakable habit of grabbing things.

Behavior

The raccoon is also known for its high levels of intelligence, studies have shown its ability to solve complex problems, and remember those solutions for a long time. The raccoon is omnivorous and largely nocturnal. While it’s common to assume that the raccoon is a solitary creature, they can form little groups, especially around mating season. The males usually come together in small groups of 3 or 4 to ward off other male newcomers.

When raccoons come to your property, it’s usually because they’re looking for one of two things (sometimes, both): food and shelter. Human homes offer a lot more sources of food than we might realize. Exposed pet food bowls, easily accessible trash cans, and leftovers out in the open all make excellent food sources for a hungry raccoon. And once they’ve discovered what a great self-service your home is, they’re just going to keep coming back.

Diet

As mentioned earlier, raccoons are omnivores, meaning that they’ll eat just about anything. In the wild, their diet is made up of bird eggs, crayfish, and other easily accessible prey. They only rarely actively hunt smaller creatures when out in the wild. A good part of their diet is also made up of plants, and other such food sources.

Like most animals, raccoons aren’t overly picky, and if they see readily available food (like the one on your property), they’ll gladly flock to it.

Reproduction

As with many animals, raccoons’ mating habits are directly influenced by the sun and the weather. Most raccoons prefer mating somewhere between January and March, as daylight gradually increases. However, this may differ from area to area.

Raccoon gestation usually lasts between 55 to 70 days, after which a litter of some 2 to 5 raccoons is born. The cubs are born blind and deaf and cared for by their mother until they bulk up. After about 6 weeks, they begin venturing out on their own, and towards the autumn, they are mature enough to leave the den altogether.

And now, let’s talk about the issue weighing on your mind right now – the raccoon currently living on your property, and how we’ll get rid of it. Most likely, the raccoon(s) will be hiding out in your attic. It’s also common to discover them in your basement, in a trash can, or sometimes, even stuck inside a wall.

Depending on the particulars of the situation, we’ll figure out the best removal method for you. Most likely, we’ll use some type of live trapping to capture the raccoon safely. We may also resort to intimidation through noise and bright lights if we feel it’s necessary.

Once the raccoon has been safely captured, we will proceed to relocate it to a safe area where it doesn’t bother anyone.

At Animoval a Humane Wildlife Solution, we do not believe in poison or lethal traps, as they are often inefficient and inhumane. Instead, we do our best to remove the animal without bringing any harm to it.

Once the animal is safely off your property, we will begin repairing the damage caused by the raccoon. This will include sanitizing and fixing destroyed structures, in some cases. We will also identify the raccoon’s entry point, and seal it to avoid future invasions.

Lastly, we will advise you on prevention, and what you can do to keep your home safe from animal intruders, in the future.

Raccoon Damage

Now, let us talk a bit about the types of damage to your property you can expect from a raccoon visitor. Usually, the longer the raccoon stays inside the home, the more damage it will do, so you’ll want to invest in raccoon removal as swiftly as possible.

Damaged Insulation. Raccoons are hefty animals, as we’ve seen, and so will trample the insulation in your attic without meaning to. In the long term, this can end up costing you hundreds and thousands of dollars in repairs.

Waste. Another big concern with raccoons is their waste. As you probably know, raccoon feces is a real breeding ground for various disease pathogens. This exposes you, your family, and pets to potentially life-threatening diseases. Raccoon waste is also highly destructive and in time, it will cause serious damage to the insulation, wiring, and wood structures inside your home.

Wires. As we’ve seen, raccoons are very handsy, so it’s not uncommon for them to grab your electrical wires, and play around with them. This poses a very serious risk of fire or explosion.

So do yourself a favor and call for professional raccoon removal today.

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How To Protect Your Home From Raccoons

Finding some animals in your yard or around your home can be exciting or enjoyable, but usually only when the animal is your pet. Finding other animals or critters in or around your home that are not creatures you invited into your space can be jarring and frightening. They are wild animals after all and can be unpredictable. Many of us may not be clear on how we should interact with wild animals that make their way into or around our space. Here is a great resource to learn how to get rid of raccoons at wildlifeanimalcontrol.com.

Finding an animal around your yard may not seem like a reason to panic, and it is not, but seeing an animal around your yard means that they were probably attracted to your space somehow. If they were attracted to your yard, whatever reason it may be, they may decide to stick around. If your home has weak spots or an area that they could maneuver their way into, they may stick around even longer as they have found a reliable and easily accessible shelter from inclement weather or temperature. If this has happened, you may have a more involved animal removal process on your hands. Animoval a Humane Wildlife Solution can assist you with those. However, if you have merely seen animals around the yard or area and have no signs of them entering the space, you may have a chance to ward them off and prevent additional animals from being attracted to the space. 

 

 

Food, Fruit Trees, Trash

The key factor in preventing raccoons from making its way to or around your home is to make your yard and land as unattractive to the animals as possible. The biggest attractor to a yard or space is typically a food source. Animals need food just as we do. Raccoons in particular are not picky with what they eat. That is why, if you have trash bins or cans that are outside and not secured shut, raccoons may make your throwaways their source of food. Make sure your bins and cans of trash are as inaccessible as possible. If you have fruit trees in your yard, be sure to keep up with picking the ripe fruit and collecting any fruit that falls to the ground — even if it is rotten. Pet food is another source of nourishment that animals may find attractive. This should be kept inside and away from the yard, so your uninvited guests do not also make it their own food source. 

Keep Clean and Maintain Your Yard and Home

Maintain your yard and home. For your yard, make sure the animals do not have a place to hide. Keep shrubs, trees, and outdoor furniture well maintained and clean. Repair any holes or damage that has been done to your patio or deck. Animals may decide to make the underpart of your deck their home. In order to keep the animals out of the inside of your home, be sure to have a professional come and look around the perimeter of your home to see if there are any weak areas that need to be repaired. If your home has any weak areas, the raccoons could make their way through and decide to take up residence in your attic or basement. Animoval a Humane Wildlife Solution can assist you in assessing your space for any weak or areas of your yard that may be attractive to wild animals.

Repel or Scare Away

If you have seen raccoons near or around your yard recently, you should know that they are typically afraid of bright lights and noise. You can set up a motion sensor alarm or motion sensor lights that will go off when any figure passes by them. These lights and loud noises could scare the animals away and keep them from returning to your yard. 

Repellents are also a helpful way to prevent animals from taking up residence in your home or yard. There are both natural home repellents that you can make from items in your closet or pantry and chemical repellents that are specifically created for warding off raccoons and other animals. Animoval can advise you on the best, safest, and most effective methods of repellents.

If you need assistance or guidance when deciding how to prevent raccoons from invading your space, Animoval a Humane Wildlife Solution has the knowledge and experience to help you through the process and decide what is best for your specific situation.