Raccoon Control and Removal
My most popular how-to page appears to be my how
to get rid of raccoons page, of tips &
techniques for raccoon removal.
Info: Raccoons are easy to
recognize with their distinctive black
mask and ringed tail. The are very common
in Orlando, particularly in more urban
areas. They are well adapted for survival
in cities. They are excellent climbers,
and they have very nimble hands. They are
also strong, and they often explore,
tearing new areas open in search of food
and shelter. They like to den in trees,
but they love to den in attics. A mother
raccoon is very protective of its litter
of 3-5 young, usually born in the spring
time. Like many mammals, they are
primarily nocturnal, though some people
spot them during the day, often when in
search of food. They are omnivores, and
will eat almost anything they can get
those crafty hands on. The raccoons in
Florida are smaller than average, but I've
caught them up to 20 pounds here.
Nuisance concerns: Raccoons are probably
the most commonly dealt with nuisance animal in
Florida and much of the USA. They have adapted to
living with humans. They have learned that garbage
cans and dumpsters are excellent sources of food,
and that houses are excellent habitat. A mother
raccoon will often tear a hole in a roof to access
an attic, where they will make quite a mess and a
lot of noise. They can cause significant damage in
an attic, both by contamination from their waste
or by structural damage to insulation, beams, or
even by chewing on wires. They will search hard
for food, and are fond of tipping over trash cans,
raiding dumpsters, and stealing pet food. They
will often break into a screened-in porch to get
pet food. If there's food or shelter to be had,
raccoons will break into your house. At times,
they'll crawl under houses and up the walls, and
oftentimes there are baby raccoons are in the
walls the ceiling. They carry a number of
parasites and diseases that can affect people or
pets. They are the #1 carrier of rabies, a
potentially fatal disease. They also carry canine
distemper, which can kill your dog. Their
feces may contain raccoon roundworm, the
spores of which humans can breath in and become
seriously infected by, so it is important to
capture raccoons using human habitat. Raccoon
removal and control is our specialty. There are so
many raccoons in FL that it's no wonder!
Click the below photographs
for examples of how to properly remove raccoons:
|An Orlando raccoon in a
||I removed these juveniles
from an attic.
||Removing little raccoons
inside an attic.
||One of my first Florida
Here is a list of specific types of raccoon
removal cases that you might want to study:
Remove raccoons in a
house - This page shows a wooden gable vent
that a raccoon ripped open, and a roof trapping to
remove the raccoon from the house.
Remove raccoons in a
wall - photos of a raccoon entry in the wall
of a house, the removal of baby raccoons from
inside the wall, and setting them as bait to catch
the mother raccoon.
Raccoons in a
dumpster - photos of raccoons in a dumpster,
and then after they've been trapped.
Baby raccoons in
the wall - An interesting job showing the
removal of baby raccoons from both the walls and
ceiling of a house, and the capture of the adult
Raccoons chewing on
wires - do raccoons chew on electrical
Trap a raccoon on the roof
- a job with a roof trap set to catch a raccoon
exiting a roof dormer.
How to Get
Raccoons Out of the Attic - a job showing
the snaring of an adult raccoon to bring it out of
Raccoon nest in the
attic - one of my first jobs, when I had to
cut a nest of baby raccoons out of a ceiling.
attic contamination - photos of poop and
damage in an attic from a raccoon.
to get raccoons out of the ceiling - photos
and tactics for the removal of raccoons from the
Get rid of baby
raccoons in the attic - photos of a job
outlining the removal of baby raccoons in an
Raccoon feces photos
- photos of raccoon poop and disease information.
dangerous to cats, dogs, or other pets?
Do raccoons eat or
travel in packs?
Can raccoons open
doors or windows?
Can raccoons jump
onto houses or over fences?
identify raccoon tracks
How smart are
How big do raccoons
Do raccoons burrow or
Do raccoons eat mice
Do raccoons climb
What to do if you are
bitten by a raccoon
How to get rid of
raccoons in the attic
raccoon feces look like? Where is it found?
How to prevent a raccoon problem (or mitigate a
current one) - When raccoons start to become a
pest animal, it is often when they are invading
garbage cans and creating trouble out in the yard.
If this behavior is not reined in immediately, the
raccoons will become frequent visitors and will
eventually look to your home for a place to sleep
and raise young. To lessen the likelihood that a
raccoon is going to be a houseguest, make sure
that garbage cans are secure or stored in an area
where the bandits cannot get to them. Many people
don’t realize it, but raccoons are fond of pet
food. Leaving your dog or cat food out on the
porch is a huge setback in the war against
nuisance animals. When you look at your property,
anything that might be eaten by a raccoon needs to
be picked up and placed in a sealed container.
It’s often not enough that the animal can’t see
it; if the food is still giving off an aroma the
raccoons will be tempted to get to it. Of all the
nuisance animals, raccoons are the most ingenious
when it comes to opening containers. The next step
for getting rid of raccoons has to do with home
repair. You need to make sure there are no
exterior openings for raccoons to enter the house
through. Pay close attention to large vents, like
roof or gable vents. Vinyl soffits and
dormer corners are a favorite point of entry into
the attic. If you have a raccoon living in the
building, you need to have it trapped and removed.
Due to the aggressive nature of these animals when
cornered and their likelihood of carrying rabies,
most states require professionals to handle a
24/7 Wildlife Removal operates in the Greater
Orlando area of central Florida. This is a
specialty wildlife removal business. Wild animal
control is all I do - I do not spray poison for
insect control. I provide raccoon trapping and
removal for raccoon control. I do not run an
exterminating business or a pest control business,
I run a nuisance wildlife business. I do not
provide extermination of raccoons, but humane
trapping and relocation. If you want to get rid of
your raccoon problem or get rid of raccoons in the
attic once and for all, give me a call!
If you don't live in Florida click my Nationwide
Directory of Wildlife Professionals serving
almost every town, in all 50 states.
The Raccoon is the largest mammal in the procyonid
family and ranges from eight to twenty pounds in
weight. It is easily recognized by its distinctive
‘bandit-like mask’ and paws that resemble hands
and fingers. It is even speculated that the dark
hairs that make up the ‘mask’ may aid them in
night vision by blocking out lights. They have a
greyish coat that is covered with down hairs, or
ground hairs, which work to insulate them against
weather conditions. Raccoons are usually
nocturnal, although they are seen during daylight
hours as well. They are omnivorous, meaning they
eat both plant and animals. Raccoon Raccoons are
intelligent and have been recorded as remembering
solutions to problems for up to three years. They
usually prefer land; however, they are decent
swimmers and can stay in the water for several
hours. Although they usually walk on all four
legs, they will stand on their hind legs to reach
with their hands for foods and to remove obstacles
in their path. Raccoons like trees and are the
only procynoid – that is so large - to go down
trees head first by rotating their back paws for
better grip. Thought to be colorblind, raccoons
use their sense of touch for everything. Their
claws tell them what they are grasping before
their eye sight can register it.
Raccoons love vegetation and therefore choose
their homes around bushes and trees where they
have easier access to foods. They also like to be
around humans because of the easy food sources
available to them. They are mostly common in North
America, but introduction into other areas has
them making their homes across Europe as well.
Raccoons like to live around trees and other
structures so that they can climb up and away from
predators or when they feel threatened.
Raccoons usually mate between January and the
middle of March. Male raccoons roam the areas
looking for females. Females may mate with one or
more males depending upon the males and the
season. Female gestation period averages about 65
days and their litters of ‘kits’ range from two to
five babies. The kits are born both deaf and
blind. The males do not take part in raising the
young and usually take off to find other places to
live while the mother raises her young in the den.
After about twenty weeks, the kits are able to see
and hear. The kits begin exploring outside their
den and begin eating solid foods for the first
time while their mother weans them from her milk.
In the fall the kits have become juveniles and
begin splitting up to find and create their own
dens. Raccoons live, on average, about two or
three years in the wild; however, they can and do
live much longer in captivity, sometimes up to
Raccoons and Diseases
Rabies is perhaps one of the most serious of
diseases that raccoons carry. Rabies can be deadly
and it isn’t always apparent that an animal has
the disease. Raccoons also carry distemper, which
does not affect humans but can affect family pets.
Some of the diseases they carry that can affect
humans are Leptospirosis, which causes jaundice
and other liver problems; listeriosis, which is
rare and usually present in infants and the
elderly, causes upset stomach and other problems
and in rare cases can lead to meningitis; tetanus,
also known as lockjaw and tularemia, a very
serious and contagious infection.
As more and more habitats for raccoons are being
taken up by urban expansion and making more room
for humans, raccoons are forced to find other
places to make their homes and find their food.
Urban areas are excellent places for raccoons as
there is an almost unlimited supply of food
sources for them. Aside from diseases that
raccoons carry, they can be very destructive to
property and vegetation. Raccoons will eat most
anything and oftentimes feed off of pet food
that’s been left out, left overs and trash in the
garbage cans and other food sources. They dump
over trash cans causing huge messes and potential
for spreading diseases and they can tear up walls
and attics as they make human homes into their
own. Their strong, sharp claws and hands have no
difficulty ripping off lose wood and other
materials to get inside attics.