Why Raccoons Make Terrible Houseguests In San Antonio 

Have you ever sat in your backyard and taken in the scene? If you have any kind of natural setting, such as trees, rocks, branches, leaves and bushes, it is likely that you saw lots of life out there. You probably saw birds flying from branch to branch or scaling trees in search of ants to nibble on. You probably saw a few squirrels bounding across your lawn and exploring every shrub. You may have even caught a glimpse of a woodchuck waddling through your grass. All of these animals are common backyard guests and they are typically active in the day. Raccoons prefer to come out at night. You usually won't see a raccoon. You'll see something a raccoon did, such as knock your trash cans over and spread trash around your lawn or find your bird feeders destroyed. But, every once in awhile, in the early morning or early evening, you can catch those furry bandits with their black bandit masks, striped black tails, and black feet, doing something nefarious in your yard.

raccoons looking for shelter

Raccoons In The Yard

When a raccoon comes into your yard, you may find yourself entertained and you might not have too much to worry about. As long as you don't corner a raccoon and as long as it doesn't have rabies, they aren't likely to attack. You may even be inclined to put up with them because they are so much fun to watch. But keep in mind that:

  • Raccoons can bring ticks and fleas into your yard.
  • They can get into your vegetable garden and eat your veggies.
  • Having frequent visits from raccoons can increase your chances of an infestation.
  • Raccoons can do damage to your home. They rip holes in screens. They scratch through building materials to get into attic spaces. A raccoon can also use its shoulder to push up on a roof soffit intersection and make a very large hole to get in through.

Raccoons Inside Your Home

Once a raccoon makes a hole to get into your home, the damage doesn't stop. There are many ways they can do damage inside and outside when they infest your home.

  • As they go in and out, they can damage your shingles, your soffits, your fascia and more.
  • As they explore your attic spaces they can do damage to your home insulation, your air ducts, electrical wires, and pipe insulation.
  • If you have items stored in your attic, raccoons can damage them or contaminate them with their urine and feces.
  • The urine and feces left by raccoons can be a disease threat. One example of many is a raccoon infected with roundworm. If a dog, cat or child comes in contact with the excrement of a raccoon that is infected with roundworm, it can lead to serious illness.
  • Raccoons bring ticks and fleas in with them. These ectoparasites have a long list of very dangerous diseases they are able to transmit.
  • If you go up into your attic and accidentally corner a raccoon or come face to face with a raccoon with baby raccoons, you could be in trouble. While raccoons prefer to run away, they are more than capable of doing significant harm.

Raccoon Management

There are many ways to prevent a raccoon infestation. The experts here at Family Pest Control recommend:

  • Trimming your tree branches away from your roofline.
  • Keeping trash in sealed receptacles and making sure your receptacles can't be knocked over.
  • eeping natural food sources in your yard protected, such as gardens and berry bushes.
  • Use motion sensors and bright flashing lights to scare raccoons away when they get too close.

If they have already moved in and you want to know how to remove raccoons from your home, the best solution is to contact Family Pest Control. Our wildlife control service is effective and comprehensive. When your wildlife specialist is done, you won't have to wonder if the problem was taken care of appropriately. You can rest easy. Our service professionals have the training, experience and professionalism to do the job right. And you don't have to worry about the safety of those raccoons. Our traps are 100% humane. We're just going to relocate those accidental intruders.

For more information about wildlife control in San Antonio or to schedule a service visit, reach out to us today. We can help you solve your wildlife problem.

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