Raccoon Removal and Damage Repair
Raccoons are medium-sized carnivores that are easily recognized by their ringed tails and "masked" faces. They are very strong, very smart, and very determined. They can cause serious damage to homes when they get inside.
Raccoons are also very unfriendly and very capable of causing severe injuries to humans or domestic animals who corner them, whether accidentally or otherwise. They may look cute, but they're definitely not the kind of tenants you want living in your home.
In addition to being potentially aggressive (especially females when they are defending their young), raccoons also present serious health risks. They can cause odor problems and health hazards by way of their droppings, urine, and parasites.
Raccoons also have one of the highest rates of rabies of all animals in Missouri. If you come across a wild raccoon (especially one who's out and about during daylight hours or who seems friendly or apathetic), stay clear and report it to your local wildlife authority. There's a pretty good chance that it's sick.
Raccoons can get into any part of a house, but they're most commonly found in attics, chimneys, and crawl spaces. They also can take up residence in garages, sheds, barns, and other outbuildings. Control consists of trapping and removing the animals (along with their young, if any), repairing the damage, cleaning up the mess, and excluding them from the building. Sources of food such as garbage cans and dumpsters should also be secured.
Because of their intelligence, good dexterity, and physical strength, excluding them from a home can be more difficult than keeping other animals out. They're able to figure out many latching devices. They also are able to get past shoddy exclusion work using flimsy materials like aerosol insulation or chicken wire. Sealing raccoons out of a home is definitely a job for professionals.
Raccoon control consists of trapping and removing the raccons, repairing any damage that they did, and sealing them out of the home or building so they can't get back in. This is challenging because raccoons are very smart, very strong, and very determined. They also have excellent dexterity and are able to remove simple patches such as the type that handymen often use in their attempts to seal raccoons out of a home.