To children, raccoons are the cute, mask-eyed critter that often plays the bandit in cartoons. Adults know that raccoons can be beautiful creatures–when not burrowing into your trash or nesting in your attic. The truth is that raccoons can damage your home and contaminate your living area with excrement that can make you and your family sick.
Raccoons prefer heavily wooded areas but can be found anywhere food and water is available, particularly since their natural habitats are being urbanized. Female raccoons breed in the spring and fall, giving birth to up to six babies at a time. As a social species, raccoons usually live in groups of five or six. Unlike other four-legged critters, raccoons have very good dexterity and can open doors or latches easily.
Signs of a Raccoon Problem
The obvious sign of a raccoon infestation is visually observing raccoons near your home on a regular basis. If you leave trash near your home, some of the sightings might be innocent enough, but you should still take notice.
Some of the signs that you might have raccoons living in your attic or in a crawlspace include
- Unexplained noises, particularly early in the morning or late evening, coming from your attic or under the floor
- Scraping or thudding sounds, the sounds of a larger animal walking
- Urine smell that is persistent in certain parts of the home
If you have a problem with raccoons living in your attic or crawlspace, don’t try to remove them yourself. Call on the experts at Critter Control Ft. Lauderdale. We have the tools and expertise to rid your home of these pests and repair the damage left behind.