Raccoons have a reputation to many as being fairly innocuous creatures who only rummage through dumpsters occasionally in search of a snack. Unfortunately, this isn’t necessarily true, as raccoons have been known to sneak into homes from time to time, often resulting in serious damage to the home and health risks for its occupants.
Raccoons naturally inhabit wooded forest areas, but thanks to rapid urban sprawl that has diminished their natural habitat, these critters are becoming more common in residential and commercial areas as they provide a source of easy food and water. Raccoons breed in the fall, which means that you’re more likely to run into them on your property during this time as they will be searching for a place to birth their young. Unless traveling with their family, raccoons are solitary creatures, and you are most likely to see them traveling with their young during the spring months. Something that sets raccoons apart from other critters is their exceptional dexterity. These critters can use their paws like hands, allowing them to open doors and access garbage cans easily.
Look for the Signs
Raccoons should be avoided whenever possible, and if you notice the following warning signs, it’s time to call for professional help.
- Loud thumping from above your head as they walk around inside your attic
- Foul odors caused by their urine and feces
- Higher energy costs due to ripped up attic insulation
- Garbage cans overturned with the contents strewn about your property
If you’ve noticed these signs, there’s a good chance that raccoons have taken up residence on your property. Have no fear though, with over 30 years of animal removal experience, Critter Control® of Dallas can get the raccoons out quickly and effectively. For any questions or to schedule a consultation, call us today at 817-222-1101.