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The Trick To Keeping Raccoons Away From Your Houston Property

September 10, 2021 - Raccoons

Raccoons are mammals with a highly recognizable appearance with their black "mask" face and tail with black and gray rings. They generally have round and stout bodies that are usually slightly larger than that of a domestic cat. Raccoons often live within wooded areas with access to sufficient water such as forests; however, today they are also seen in urban and suburban settings.

Raccoons will nest in crevices that are above or below ground. They have a tremendous appetite and consume most types of food including fruit, corn, insects, eggs, and smaller rodents.  Raccoons are reasonably intelligent, have good coordination of their paws, and are fairly good at climbing, which allows them to access outdoor trash cans and compost piles.

Raccoons are most active during the night but sometimes are also seen during the day. They have longer rear legs that make them appear "hunched over" when walking.

Are Raccoons Dangerous?

It is highly unlikely that a raccoon would attack a human, but they could be aggressive if they feel “cornered”. Raccoons are among the leading hosts of rabies in the U.S. Some of the symptoms often exhibited by rabid raccoons include confusion, difficulty walking, aggressive behavior, and foam in the mouth area. Raccoons also may carry fleas, lice, and other pests that spread disease.

Aside from health concerns, raccoons sometimes will create property damage by rummaging through gardens, tearing off loose shingles, and piercing through screens. Sometimes they will find their way into an attic and destroy or contaminate layers of insulation. Although they are unlikely to challenge a dog, many canines will chase them and create potentially dangerous altercations.

Best Practices For Preventing Raccoons

Looking to keep raccoons from invading your property? Here are a few tips:

  • Exterior trash cans should be closed tightly, as often raccoons will wedge open a loosely placed lid.
  • Prevent raccoons from accessing areas that might serve as nesting sites by placing wire or mesh along the base of elevated decks, patios, or similar structures.
  • Keep tree branches trimmed away from the home because raccoons can climb trees and access entry points on upper floors.
  • Construct a sturdy fence around vegetable gardens to reduce the likelihood that they will gain access.
  • Avoid storing pet food or bird food in exterior areas.

Why Should I Contact A Professional Pest Controller?

Some home and business owners make the mistake of trying to take matters into their own hands by trying do-it-yourself treatment options sold by online retailers or in local home improvement stores. Many of these products generate very mediocre results and might contain harsh chemicals. Property owners that are facing a problem involving pests are encouraged to promptly speak with a local pest control professional with the knowledge and equipment to get the job done.

Our technicians will conduct a detailed interior and exterior inspection of the property to identify the problems. We then propose the best treatment option for efficiently and effectively eliminating the problem. During our assessment process, we might notice any existing conditions that make the property susceptible to future pest intrusions.

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The seasoned team of professionals with Caraway Pest Control offers solutions for home and business owners in Houston that are struggling with a variety of pest-related concerns. This includes mosquitoes, rodents, termites, and a host of other bothersome and potentially dangerous pests. Much of our success is attributed to an ongoing commitment to delivering the highest levels of customer service and always standing behind the quality of our work with a satisfaction guarantee.

Contact us today to speak with a friendly staff member regarding an inspection and estimate. Remember to ask about our mosquito fogging service and year-round pest prevention plans that involve monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly visits. We offer both residential pest control as well as commercial pest management services.

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