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How we get rid of raccoons varies based on where the problem is occurring. The solution to a raccoon in the attic is very different from the solution to a raccoon in the yard. Raccoons are dangerous animals and have a particularly bad attitude when trapped, so please do not try to trap raccoons on your own. It is not a secret that raccoons can carry rabies, but a less known disease, raccoon roundworm, can be just as deadly and more easily contracted.
We can often simply trap and remove a raccoon in your yard or pooping in your pool. However, a larger outdoor problem may require a long-term or recurring trapping service. Even though the trapping process is often straightforward, the job is only half-finished when the animal is trapped. State laws determine what must be done with trapped raccoons. Our professionals have the resources to properly and legally deal with trapped animals in the safest and most humane way possible. Please note, it is very important to be cautious and careful when dealing with a raccoon, especially a mother raccoon when she had cubs. They can be aggressive and carry zoonotic diseases like rabies, parvoviralenteritis, canine distemper, pseudorabies, and more.
Removing raccoons from your attic space is a complex and dangerous process. Locating a raccoon entry point is usually easier than many other attic invaders due to the size of the animal. Also due to their size, raccoon problems do not often go unnoticed as long as some other attic pests. However, being larger and stronger allows them to do more damage in a shorter time period. Resolving a problem with raccoons in the attic is a four step process:
Every pest control problem, regardless of the size of the pest, must start with a thorough inspection. In order to resolve a raccoon problem, we have to learn where they are, where they came from, and why they are there. Once we have answered these questions, we will put together a solution tailored specifically to your problem.
The removal process for raccoons is not usually as simple as trapping a raccoon. Often times there are cubs (baby raccoons) or food sources in the attic. In either case, that issue must also be addressed to prevent future problems.
Our critter eviction service provides control by securing the weak points in your home that allowed raccoon entry in the first place. Usually, due to their rather large size for an attic invader, raccoons do quite a bit of damage upon entering a structure. Our professionals are experts in repairing raccoon damage. We offer a warranty on all our raccoon critter eviction exclusions.
Raccoons also do significant damage to attic space in a short time period. Due to their low, wide stance, raccoons trample insulation at a much higher rate than other attic invaders. Additionally, raccoons relieve themselves in the same location time and again. As a result of this behavior, their droppings pile up and make a large mess quickly. Attic restoration is sometimes optional with other invaders but is almost always necessary after a raccoon has been in your attic.
Raccoons are wild animals that may look cute on the pictures you see on your social media feeds, but unfortunately in real life can cause a lot of trouble. These mammals often seek shelter in our homes, especially attics. They cause damage while searching for entry points to your home – but that is still nothing compared with what they can do once they settle inside your attic or another place in your house.
A properly insulated attic is crucial. However, having a raccoon getting comfortable in your attic pretty much means that your insulation will be heavily damaged. Raccoons usually weigh around 8-15 lbs (but can sometimes be double that!) so they can trample the attic’s insulation just by walking around. It may not sound very threatening, but with damaged insulation caused by raccoons, your heating and cooling bills will go through the roof!
Raccoons tend to chew on the wires and scratch them, sometimes even ripping them apart and turning into nesting material. It is a damage that is often very costly to fix, may require replacement, and can cause much more serious issues. Exposed wires are a serious fire hazard – using damaged wires or overloading them may lead to causing sparks that start a fire.
Unfortunately, raccoons can use your attic not only for nesting but also as a big litter box. Urine and feces left by only one raccoon can lead to serious health concerns, not to mention the situation when your attic becomes a home for baby raccoons.
Raccoon excrement carries the risk of disease such as roundworm eggs, which can lead to an infection called Baylisascaris. This infection can cause damage to the human nervous system and even lead to death if left untreated. It can also infect other animals such as dogs.
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I contacted this animal control company, and they responded quickly. Raccoons were making noises in my attic, which I discovered after I peeked into the attic. The technicians were really efficient, explaining everything they were going to do and then doing it. I got a call from their customer service rep just a few days after the raccoon was removed to make sure everything was fine. Excellent customer service and a well-done job. I highly recommend their services!– Norma M. in St. Petersburg, FL Oren Smith & Wildout Animal & Pest Removal treated our small job as his most important job of the day. He squeezed us into his busy schedule and resolved our issue early in the morning. He came to our house and discovered there was no animal issue and there was no charge. I would definitely recommend his service.– Rick B. in Bradenton, FL Thank you so much, Oren and Mike! I called Wildout and in a matter of a few hours, they came and removed the deceased cat from underneath my house. Very friendly and professional and respectful of the dead animal. I was referred to Wildout by another Wildlife removal company that was unavailable. I will definitely call them again if I ever have the need.– Susan F. in Bradenton, FL We had a dead feral cat in our backyard. We called the county and were told that they would forward it to a contractor. Three days passed and we HAD to get rid of the smelly dead cat. Wildout gave us a decent price to remove it, was very professional, and we will definitely call them again if we ever have another dead feral cat although we pray we won’t.– Sally G. in Bradenton, FL Joe Figueroa is professional, pleasant, and calming! He communicates about his arrival times & if his schedule is altered (due to helping other customers). He educates about the situation & helps to find the best solutions for creatures and humans. (We were dealing with snakes & other rodents.) He cares about the details of his work and looks for ways to help save money. He’s a gem!– Kat C. in Orlando, FL Chris was pleasant, kind, and very knowledgeable about what I needed to have done in the house. He made sure that everything got done according to the needs of my home, and he got rid of the rats for me. I appreciate your professional attitude and how well he knew his job. Thank you for a job well done.– Laura W. in Orlando, FL Free inspection. Honest assessment of the situation. No current infestation. Blocked one potential access point. Fee for that a little higher than expected, but reasonable considering the free inspection and no false claims of infestation.– Allan B. in Orlando, FL Wildout excellently gets the job done! Needed emergency service for a double nest of yellow jackets stinging both me and my dogs. Wild out responded immediately, Sent a tech in under an hour, and solved the problem perfectly. Highly recommend this elite Band of Brothers to round up all your wild intruders.– G. Gibson in Tampa, FL Thank you Chris for an excellent job. You got rid of 6 raccoons that were tearing up my backyard. You were always here when you said you would be, courteous, and always keep in touch with me. Great job and again thank you.– Margaret C. in Tampa, FL Very professional company with a lightning sense of humor! Got the job done quick and smooth! Definitely would recommended it! Showed up promptly, assessed the problem, and safely removed a snake that snuck into my house!– Chris B. in Tampa, FL. Can’t say enough about Chris and Matt. Had a pretty challenging rodent issue at the house. Kept us up at night for many nights with scratching and chewing. Chris and Matt kept at it until we found the issue and took care of it, at least all indications are that it is taken care of (fingers still crossed). Even after I expressed quite a bit of frustration due to lack of sleep, they kept on it. Very satisfied. They went above and beyond to help us out.– Jay T. in St. Petersburg, FL I received a free estimate, FREE, for real! Susan in their office was such a help and great to speak with. She set me up with Tech Ryan who looked at my attic thoroughly as well as other areas I thought may be point of entries. No current activity found…PHEW! He did advise me on deterrence if needed. He was well mannered, respectful and kept a mask on during the whole visit. I highly recommend just on estimate alone!– MariAnne O’Neill Oren was Awesome! He let me know upfront each step that they would need to do to take care of our Opossum problem. He also let me know upfront the costs, and there were no surprises. Oren was caring and found a nice new home for the captured Opossums. He was even able to seal up their entry point where they were getting into the attic. I hope to not have to use their service again; however, wouldn’t hesitate to give them a call if I have any animal issues in the future. I would highly recommend their services.– Rick O. in St. Petersburg, FL Quick response and excellent service. Had sparrows and other birds nesting in several areas around 2 story home. Bird deterrent gel was placed inactive areas, and then they returned a couple of days later to chalk and seal all the way around the house. Also repaired damage to trim and touched up the paint. A+++ Highly recommend. Thank you so much!– Jen D. in Lakeland, FL Called this company on a Friday regarding a squirrel that kept chewing the wood on my carport. They were at my house, treating the wood, early Monday. Superfast. Super friendly. Super responsive. Thanks, Chris and Alex!!! Will recommend this company.– T Greiner. in Lakeland, FL I am a Realtor and Property Manager. One of my tenants reported a possible rodent issue. I reached out to Wildout. Meghan was VERY responsive and professional! She was quick to get the estimate completed, get the job scheduled, and resolve the issue! I could not be more pleased with her services. This will be my new go-to vendor for rodent or wildlife issues! Thanks again, Meghan!!! Highly recommend.– Jeri P. in Lakeland, FL Oren was great! He came out the same day I called his company to take care of my bird issue. I had two birds that would come and try to nest on the ledge above my front door. Previously, another company had put up a bird deterrent composed of spikes. Oren fixed the spikes to make them more effective at deterring birds and added a bird deterrent substance on the ledge. I am so thankful for his help. I highly recommend his services.– Yema E. in Sarasota, FL I called Oren with Wildout because I had a dead animal in my AC unit. He offered to do a free inspection before quoting me a price. Upon inspection, he wisely suggested that I call the AC company to verify they would not void my warranty. He then removed the lid from the AC, removed the dead rat, and disinfected the whole area in the unit. Very prompt service, very professional and completed at a fair price.– Lisa D. in Sarasota, FL This company is amazing. We have a rat in our garage and are absolutely not experts at all in animal control. We called this service a random internet find which ended up being a hidden gem. They came out the same day that we called and we talked about the situation. Oren was so thorough in the evaluation checking every area and explaining what he was doing and tips and tricks. I will be saving his number for future and recommend them to anyone who asks.– Valerie D. in Sarasota, FL I contacted this animal control company, and they responded quickly. Raccoons were making noises in my attic, which I discovered after I peeked into the attic. The technicians were really efficient, explaining everything they were going to do and then doing it. I got a call from their customer service rep just a few days after the raccoon was removed to make sure everything was fine. Excellent customer service and a well-done job. I highly recommend their services!– Norma Meyer Can’t say enough about Chris and Matt. Had a pretty challenging rodent issue at the house. Kept us up at night for many nights with scratching and chewing. Chris and Matt kept at it until we found the issue and took care of it, at least all indications are that it is taken care of (fingers still crossed). Even after I expressed quite a bit of frustration due to lack of sleep, they kept on it. Very satisfied. They went above and beyond to help us out.– Jay Thompson
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