Michigan Raccoon Control, Removal, & Trapping
Things You Should Know About Raccoons in Michigan
Raccoon's are great climbers
Raccoon's hibernate during colder nights
Raccoon's have their young in late March
Raccoon's will lash out when cornered.
Raccoon's cover their eyes when they are scared.
Raccoons are probably the most recognized animal in the Michigan wildlife. Black and brown, black around their eyes, and a ringed tail distinguish them from all other wildlife. Raccoon's are great climbers and are found in dumpsters, sheds, garages, factories, chimneys and house attics. They are primarily scavengers in the cities looking through dumpsters and garbage cans for food. They will also eat fish and other small wildlife.
In Michigan we offer wild animal control services such as how to get rid of raccoon's: raccoon removal, raccoon control, and raccoon damage control; including attic decontamination and insulation removal.
Have you been hearing scratching sounds, loud banging or walking around in the walls or attic of your home or business in Michigan? If so, you may have a raccoon problem!
Identifying if You Have a Raccoon Problem
Raccoons look for areas in your attic or chimney to build their dens, often times to have their young. You can identify entry points to the attic or chimney by large opening in the roof line, open canned vents, hanging soffits, or no chimney cap. Here are some signs you may have a raccoon problem.
- Loud noises in the attic
- Raccoon's are spotted on the roof
- Damage to the exterior of the home.
- Rubbing marks near an opening
- Raccoon's living under your deck
- Raccoon's getting into the garbage.
How to Identify Raccoons
Raccoons nocturnal animals and mostly active during the night. They will come out around dusk or right at dark to forage through dumpsters and garbage cans looking for food. During colder climates in Michigan the raccoons will stay close to their den. However raccoons do not hibernate and will come out during warmer winter nights. Raccoon often bread during January and February in preparation to have their young around the end of March or early April.
Common Reasons for Raccoon Removal and Control
Raccoons will enter your Michigan home or businesses in order to find an area to make their den. Raccoon nesting areas like hollowed out treas are constantly being destroyed. It really not their fault they enter your home. We can remove raccoons from your Michigan home by trapping and handling with thick gloves.
Nuisance Problems: Raccoons are loud walking around in attics. They destroy insulation and defecate all over the attic. They carry many diseases like rabies, distemper, and their feces carry eggs of round worm which can hatch and become harmful to humans. Whenever there are raccoons in the attic it is always recommended to have the attic cleaned and restored.
How to Get Rid of Raccoon's
Once raccoons are in your home they do great damage. Raccoons should be removed or controlled from your home by trapping in live traps. Raccoons are generally trapped over night or removed onsite. Trapping raccoons consist of finding the entry point and strategically setting the traps. Once we locate the entry point we can guide the raccoons into the traps with baits and lures. Once the animals are trapped we will relocate them back into their natural environment.
It's recommended to relocate the raccoon at least 20-30 miles away within the same county to prevent the spread of diseases. Raccoon's can also be removed by handling with thick gloves or by a singe pole catch nuise. Only recommended from experienced nuisance wildlife technicians.
It's not always as simple as trapping the nuisance raccoons, sometimes they have litters of babies. Litters of raccoon pups or kittens are not always easy to locate. We once removed a whole litter of baby raccoons, but a day later got a call back from a customer saying the babies were still there. When we returned we found one of the baby raccoons down in a wall cavity. The only way to remove this little guy was to allow him to bite onto a glove and pull him up through the wall.
DO NOT poison raccoon's or use antifreeze to get rid of them. In retrospect this will work to kill the raccoon and get rid of them, but it will not solve your attic raccoon problem. dead raccoon's in your attic or wall will cause a decaying animal which you may not be able to find. With dead animals come maggots which lead to flies. Not to mention it's very cruel to animals, because they die a very painful death. Not humane to say the least.
Importance of Raccoon Removal
Raccoon's will keep breading and returning with more and more numbers if not taking care of as soon as possible. Damages can be controlled if taken care of right away, but if you allow generations of raccoons to return the damages will be greater over time. If you call us to have your raccoons trapped and relocated the is the first step towards getting rid of raccoons and keeping them out. As mentioned above attic restoration and decontamination is a must when dealing with raccoons. Not only to raccoons carry all sorts of diseases, the sent of the urine and feces will keep other raccoon families to come back. Unlike most wildlife raccoons are not fearful or territorial of other raccoons in the wild. They smell the sent and join the families.
What if Raccoon's are in My Attic?
Are you kept up during the night because of loud thumping? You probably have a raccoon or raccoons living in your attic. The most common problem we come across for raccoon problems is raccoons damaging the attic. You may hear scratching, scampering, or walking noises above you at night and sometimes even during the day. It's not always known for sure there is a raccoon living in the attic, but most of the noises explained are ultimately signs of raccoon's. Most of the time we receive calls the first instinct someone on the other end has is raccoons. When there is a raccoon in your attic it will be the loudest of sounds compared to all other nuisance wildlife. Rodents, birds, bats, and other nocturnal wildlife sounds will be much different than that of a raccoon.
Raccoon's Are Destructive and Cause Damage
Once the raccoons have made their way into your attic the damage really begins. The worst thing about having raccoons in your attic is the destruction they cause. Raccoon will roll up or push aside insulation through out your attic to make a bedding that is comfortable to them and often their litter. During March and April raccoon's will have a litter of usually 3-6 pups. Raccoons also use your attic for a toilet. They know no better on where and where not to go. Urine and raccoon feces will flood your attic making an awful odor throughout your home. Raccoon feces contain the egg of a ring worm which can be harmful to humans. Attic restoration is very import after having raccoons or any critters for that matter in your attic. Keep in mind most homeowners insurance companies will help cover your restoration cost which can sometimes be very expensive.
Raccoon Damage: Damage Control and Prevention
Just like any wildlife in you home or attic they will cause damage. Whether that is chewing on wires, ripping up insulation, or feces and urine through out the attic this can all be prevented and repaired. Trimming back trees at least 3 feet from the house will keep animals from getting onto your roof. Flashing around poles, chimney caps, and roof vent caps will all prevent raccoon entry. If you are unfortunate to have raccoons enter your Michigan home and damages occur, We can decontaminate your attic by removing the droppings and damaged insulation.
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If you find raccoon on your property that are causing you problems. You can reach out to us online and we will provide a raccoon removal and trapping quote.
Raccoon Removal in These Areas
Common areas we serve throughout our service area are: Bay City, Dewitt, Eagle, Elsie, Fowler, Maple Rapids, Ovid, St. Johns, Westphalia,Bellevue, Charlotte, Dimondale, Eaton Rapids, Grand Ledge, Mulliken, Olivet, Potterville, Sunfield, Vermontville, Waverly, Burton, Clio, Davison, Fenton, Flint, Flushing, Goodrich, Grand Blanc, Linden, Montrose, Mount Morris, Ottisville, Swartz Creek,Dansville, East Lansing, Lansing, Leslie, Mason, Okemos, Stockbridge, Webberville, Williamston, Jackson, Grass Lake, Almont, Attica, Clifford,Columbiaville, Dryden, Imlay City, Lapeer, Metamora, North Branch, Otter Lake, Argentine, Brighton, Fowlerville, Hartland, Howell, Pinckney, Whitmore Lake, Armada, Center Line, Chesterfield, Clinton, Eastpointe, Memphis, Mount Clemons, New Baltimore, New Haven, Romeo, Saint Claire Shores, Shelby, Sterling Heights, Utica, Warren, Midland, Carleton, Dundee, Estral Beach, Luna Pier, Maybee, Monroe, Petersburg, South Rockwood, Auburn Hills, Berkley, Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Clarkston, Clawson, Commerce Twp., Farmington, Farmington Hills, Ferndale, Franklin, Holly, Lake Orion, Madison Heights, Milford, Novi, Oak Park, Ortonville, Oxford, Pontiac, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Royal Oak, South Lyon, Southfield, Troy, Walled lake, Wixom, West Bloomfield, Wolverine Lake, Birch Run, Chesaning, Frankenmuth, Merrill, Oakley, Saginaw, St. Charles, Zilwaukee, Bancroft, Byron, Corunna, Durand, Lainsburg, Lennon, Morrice, New Lothrop, Owosso, Perry, Vernon, Akron, Caro, Cass City, Fairgrove, Gagetown, Kingston, Millingston, Reese, Unionville, Vassar, Ann Arbor, Barton Hills, Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester, Milan, Saline, Ypsilanti, Canton, Livonia, Northville, Plymouth, Wayne, Westland