A raccoon in a tree.

Raccoons are nocturnal omnivores that become active during late evenings and night times. These creatures often stay to themselves and away from humans but can become very problematic to urban dwellers. Raccoons, like most other small wildlife critters, tend to make themselves comfortable in your homes and can often be found in chimneys, attics and other areas where they can find protection from the weather and dangerous creatures. If a raccoon has found its way into your private living space, raccoon removal is essential.

Raccoons, like most other animals, travel in groups and they will infest your home if one should ever find its way inside. If you find that these pesky little creatures are sharing your personal space, you will first need to have them evacuated from the premises and then, you will need to seal their entrance.

While this process may sound simple in itself, raccoons are not easy to capture or chase away and you will need to hire the help of a professional raccoon removal Texas company. But not just any company, our company, Critter Ridder. We specialize in humane raccoon removal by omitting the use of traps and poisons. Instead, we use a special hormone that is designed to prompt the evacuation of raccoons from your space off their own regard. This hormone is also specially formulated to prompt mother raccoons to take their babies with them as well.

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At Critter Ridder, we also offer our 100% exclusion service. This means that we will return to your premise at a later date if there is any foul odor, which may indicate that a young one was left behind and died. We will also locate the entrance and seal it off for you as well; to prevent future invasions.

Raccoons release a pathogen known as baylisascaris procyonis, which can be harmful to your health. It is therefore recommended that you seek our help as soon as the infestation is noticed to prevent harm to you and your family.

Critter Ridder is a company built by professionals and our exclusion service comes with a 1-year warranty. We also offer a same day service in the Austin, Texas area, which means that you should not hesitate to seek our professional help and assistance on raccoon removal.

Signs That You Have Raccoons In Your Attic Or Home

Raccoons are one of the largest critters that inhabit homes in the Austin area — and because of their large size, raccoons are relatively easy to notice. As nocturnal animals, raccoons will typically move around the attic and garage areas at night scratching and clawing, often loudly enough to wake the homeowners. Raccoons that are living comfortably in your home may even be bold enough to move around your home during daylight hours which means you may catch them snooping around your house even in the middle of the day.

A raccoon on a roof.

Why Are Raccoons In Your Attic?

Raccoons, like many other animals, like to find warm, dry, and safe areas to call home. An attic provides a sheltered area for raccoons to sleep comfortably protected from the elements. Female raccoons in particular will seek out areas like attics when they are pregnant, in hopes of having and raising their babies in peace. Additionally, raccoons enjoy feasting on human’s leftover food, so a home near the garage and garbage cans is ideal.

What To Do If A Raccoon Is Inside

Raccoons should be treated with extreme caution. Raccoons are aggressive towards humans and pets and can carry diseases. If there is a raccoon stuck inside your home follow these steps to ensure that both you and the animal remain safe.

  • Remove any pets from the situation. Put your pets in a different room or place them outside. Raccoons will become aggressive if pets approach them, and can severely injure your animals.
  • Open up doors to create a safe way for the animal to escape.
  • Close blinds on windows to remove any light distractions. Animals do not know the difference between a closed window and will consider the opening as a possible escape route
  • Give the animal space. Leave the room the animal is in and give it an opportunity to escape on its own. Staying in the same room as the raccoon will stress it out and be cautious about its movement.
  • Do not approach the animal if you are not comfortable. Raccoons can bite and attack if you are not careful about how you approach them. If you are uncomfortable removing the animal, do not risk harming yourself or the animal and contact Critter Ridder for help.

Why Remove Them?

 

1. Damage To Your Home

The longer the raccoons stay in your home or attic, the more damage they are likely to cause. Raccoons are strong and have nimble paws that can scratch through walls, metal, wood, and insulation. Raccoons also have a tendency to chew, which cause serious problems should they choose to chew through wiring and piping (like air conditioning ducts.)

2. A Health Risk

Raccoons can cary a variety of diseases that are potentially harmful to humans and pets, the most common of which is Rabies. Rabies is a serious disease that can be fatal to pets and can even cause health problems in humans. In addition to diseases carried by the raccoons, there are even more health risks because of raccoon droppings and urine. Worms, parasites, and spores found in raccoon excrement can affect humans, especially if the contaminants are in the attic and get into the air conditioning and heating ducts.

When Should You Remove Them?

The short answer to this question is: as soon as possible. The longer you wait to remove raccoons from the attic, the more damage they can do to insulation, roofing, drywall, wiring, and ducts. If you wait, your attic will also accumulate more raccoon urine and feces which as previously mentioned can be dangerous.

Can Critter Ridder Clean and Fix The Damage To My Attic?

Yes! In addition to trapping and removing the raccoons, our animal control technicians are skilled in attic cleanup and restoration. To learn more about our full service attic restoration services, visit our attic cleanup page.

Ruthie Robinson8/6/2016

“Excellent work getting rid of my raccoon. Raccoons and I are not friends,lol. Brad and his team, shout out to Greg, do great work!”
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Jessie L.12/23/2016

“Critter Ridder did a great job of getting rid of the Raccoon in my loft!”
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Gary B.12/2/2016

“Probably the best customer service I’ve experienced. I was informed of the schedule every step of the way. They did high quality work and ridded my attic of raccoons and rats and repaired the extensive damage. Their price was reasonable and it met State Farm’s approval. They came back promptly when I saw a raccoon in the back yard. Brad and Cheryl were/are outstanding. I highly recommend this company for your critter needs.”
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