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Raccoon Removal and Damage Repair in North Georgia

Young raccoon in a trap after being removed from a home in Columbus, Georgia

Young raccoon in a trap after being removed from a home in Columbus, Georgia

Raccoons are strong, stocky, medium-sized mammals with "masked" faces and ringed tails. A lot of people think they're cute -- or at least handsome. (Raccoons themselves also think they're pretty handsome: Just ask the one in our logo picture.)

Raccoons are also very intelligent animals who have excellent dexterity and are able to manipulate objects such as gate latches and trash can lids. Their ability to "outsmart" humans who are trying to keep them out of places they don't belong can be so frustrating that it's almost amusing. Trying to keep raccoons from scavenging through garbage cans and dumpsters can make a person feel like Carl Spackler battling the dancing gopher in the movie Caddyshack.

Raccoons also have a habit of "washing" their food in water, which makes them seem even more human-like and contributes to their "cute" reputation. But raccoons don't "wash" their food at all. They examine it with their hands. The water makes the special nerve endings in their fore paws more sensitive and helps them decide whether the food is safe to eat. Nonetheless, the "washing" behavior does make them look more fastidious and human-like.

But despite their cute appearance and behavior, raccoons have a not-so-nice side.

For one thing, wild raccoons aren't harmless wildlife who just happen to be mischievous. They are very strong, very unfriendly, and very dangerous -- especially when they're cornered. They will attack if they feel threatened, and they're strong enough to cause serious injuries to humans and pets if they have a mind to.

Because they're "cute" animals with a nasty streak, raccoons are especially dangerous to children. They may assume that wild raccoons are tame and try to pet them, play with them, or even bring them home. It's very important that children be taught from an early age that wild animals like raccoons are not pets and should be avoided.

In addition to the risk of being attacked, messing with a wild raccoon can result in a person being infected with rabies. Wild raccoons that seem tame or friendly, or that are wandering around in the daytime, are quite possibly rabid; and all it takes is a drop of saliva on a scratch for a human to become infected. Not all rabid raccoons show signs of being ill, however, especially in the early stages. So don't try trapping and removing raccoons yourself. Instead, contact us immediately for prompt, professional removal.

Raccoons can transmit several serious diseases. They're susceptible to rabies, as mentioned above. They can also transmit mange and many arboviral diseases vectored by their parasites. Raccoons can also harbor a parasitic intestinal roundworm, Baylisascaris procyonis, that can be deadly to humans when it gets into the person's body and migrates to his or her brain. According to the CDC, B. procyonis is a major cause of serious or fatal larval migrans diseases, especially in young children. Infection in humans causes brain damage that can include cognitive impairment ranging from mild to profound, as well as paralysis, coma, blindness, and death.

Raccoon Removal and Damage Repair

Raccoons can also cause serious damage to homes and property. The damage they cause can be very expensive to repair if the problem's not dealt with promptly. In addition, long-standing raccoon problems usually require decontamination of the attic and replacement of disease-laden insulation to protect the health of the family living in the house. That's why it's much better to seal up your home to prevent raccoons from getting into your house in the first place.

When raccoons get into buildings and nest in secluded places like attics, chimneys, soffits, crawl spaces, and other voids, they need to be humanely trapped and removed. Raccoons can do major damage to the building, as well as water damage secondary to the raccoon damage. The damage caused by raccoons can cost thousands of dollars to repair if it's not dealt with promptly. Raccoons can also cause damage when they get into garages, sheds, barns, and other outbuildings.

In addition, raccoons create a health hazard through their urine, droppings, shed fur, and parasites. Some of the germs associated with raccoons can become airborne and travel through the home through natural air currents or through forced-air heating and cooling systems.

Raccoon trapping, removal and exclusion are risky jobs that require special equipment and highly-trained wildlife-control professionals. Rid-A-Critter is Georgia's largest animal control company, and our technicians provide humane raccoon removal and raccoon damage repair throughout North Georgia.

Raccoon control consists of the following:

Remember: raccoons are very strong, powerful wild animals who are prone to rabies and can become very aggressive when they feel threatened. An attack by a raccoon -- or even a scratch or a drop of their saliva on your skin -- can be life-threatening, making raccoon control far too dangerous for untrained individuals. So be safe. Leave raccoon control to the professional animal control technicians at Rid-A-Critter.

Raccoon Control Gallery

Here are some randomly-selected pictures of raccoon removal and damage-repair jobs we've done in Georgia.

With offices throughout North-Central Georgia and our extended service area, Rid-A-Critter has the tools and personnel to handle any raccoon removal or damage repair job, so please call us today.

 

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We have an animal damage-repair crew repairing raccoon damage to the soffit panel and roof of a house in Oxford, Georgia. They'll be replacing a section of soffit panel, part of the roof sheathing, and some of the shingles.
by Webmaster
Jan 18, 2021 10:48:46 am.

In Auburn Alabama quoting exclusions for gray squirrels today.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 07, 2021 11:01:30 am.

Lots of squirrel and rat calls today. From Birmingham to Anniston.
by Chris Scott
Jan 07, 2021 09:46:52 am.

In Alpharetta, Ga this morning providing a clearance letter to a customer so their buyers can rest assured they’re purchasing a Critter Free home. Did I mention our Warranty is 100% transferable??
by Tim McDavid
Jan 05, 2021 09:29:57 am.

Lots of squirrel calls today. It appears gray and flying squirrels are attempting to take over every attic in the Birmingham and surrounding areas.
by Chris Scott
Jan 04, 2021 05:58:27 pm.

New Blog Post: Happy New Year!
by Webmaster
Dec 31, 2020 10:41:11 am.

Our North Georgia office has a technician on the way to remove a raccoon from the attic of a house in Dawsonville, Georgia. We set a trap up there yesterday afternoon, and the raccoon was caught overnight.
by Webmaster
Dec 31, 2020 10:16:11 am.

New Blog Post: Merry Christmas!
by Webmaster
Dec 24, 2020 11:23:46 am.

This afternoon we'll be replacing several sections of missing soffit panel that allowed raccoons into the attic of a house in Woodstock, Georgia. We'll also trap and remove any raccoons that are still in the attic.
by Webmaster
Dec 14, 2020 11:17:06 am.

Finishing up on a exclusion in Cordele Ga and headed to Valdosta Ga for some trap checking. Good times. Happy Monday.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 07, 2020 10:46:24 am.

Today we'll be repairing a raccoon-damaged section of soffit panel on the corner of the roof of a house in Dunwoody, Georgia. The raccoons were climbing up a downspout and getting into the attic through a hole they made in the soffit.
by Webmaster
Dec 03, 2020 11:03:35 am.

We have a technician replacing the garage door weather seal at a Roswell, Georgia mouse-control job. The mice gnawed through the old seal to get into the garage. We're non-chemically treating the mouse problem and mouse-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Dec 02, 2020 10:23:01 am.

We'll be Repairing Raccoon Damage at a House in Canton, Georgia
by Webmaster
Nov 25, 2020 10:43:00 am.

Fresh Raccoon Damage to a Soffit Panel at a House in Cumming, Georgia
by Webmaster
Oct 09, 2020 09:47:46 am.

We have a technician building a new crawl space door to replace an old, warped one that was letting mice into the crawl space of a house in Temple, Georgia. We'll also seal any other gaps we find to make the house mouse-proof.
by Webmaster
Oct 08, 2020 10:22:24 am.

Evidence that This Dunwoody, Georgia Home Needs Raccoons Removed from the Attic
by Webmaster
Sep 23, 2020 09:31:04 am.

We have a technician on his way to set traps to remove raccoons from the attic of a house in Dunwoody, Georgia.
by Webmaster
Sep 15, 2020 08:35:34 am.

Headed down south today to Albany Ga to give a quote for a bat exclusion. Animals in the attic scratching and bats are keeping the customers up at night. Time for us to step in.
by Jason Arruda
Sep 10, 2020 09:42:30 am.

We have a technician on his way to set traps to remove raccoons from the attic of a house in Roswell, Georgia. This is the time of year when young male raccoons start looking for places of their own to spend their first winters.
by Webmaster
Aug 18, 2020 10:38:45 am.

One of our animal-control technicians just trapped and removed the last of the raccoons from the attic of a house in Woodstock, Georgia. Now we'll repair the damage and replace the contaminated insulation.
by Webmaster
Jul 28, 2020 11:42:56 am.

Video of Baby Raccoons Climbing a Tree
by Webmaster
Jul 13, 2020 09:56:45 am.

Chubby Raccoons Knocked Out a Soffit Panel at this House in Villa Rica, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jul 07, 2020 10:25:26 am.

Serious Raccoon Damage to the Soffit Panel of a House in Villa Rica, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jul 02, 2020 11:03:54 am.

Video of Bats Sealed Out of a House in Blairsville, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jul 02, 2020 10:24:35 am.

One of our crews is replacing an old, rotted crawl space door to keep Norway rats out of a house in Colbert, Georgia. Once the rats are sealed out, we'll set traps to remove the rats that are already in the house.
by Webmaster
Jun 26, 2020 11:41:21 am.

Jason and Justin Deodorizing an Attic After Animal Removal
by Webmaster
Jun 24, 2020 10:10:29 am.

Video of Jason A Releasing an Opossum Removed from a House in Griffin, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jun 05, 2020 05:51:46 am.

Video of Serious Rat Damage at a Warehouse in Suwanee, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jun 04, 2020 10:54:35 am.

News: CDC Warns that COVID-19 Lockdowns are Making Rats and Mice More Desperate
by Webmaster
May 27, 2020 09:43:37 am.

A rat-control crew from our North Georgia office is on its was to seal Norway rats out of a brick house in Dalton, Georgia.
by Webmaster
May 18, 2020 10:34:55 am.

Significant Raccoon Damage to the Roof of a House in Roswell, Georgia
by Webmaster
May 13, 2020 11:04:32 am.

Serious Raccoon Damage to the Roof of a House in Dunwoody, Georgia
by Webmaster
May 08, 2020 10:34:06 am.

Rid-A-Critter provides humane raccoon removal and control in all of North Georgia, including Athens, Atlanta, Alpharetta, Canton, Carrollton, Cartersville, Cumming, Dacula, Doraville, Dunwoody, Ellijay, Flowery Branch, Gainesville, Kennesaw, Jasper, Lawrenceville, Loganville, Macon, Milton, Norcross, Rome, Roswell, Suwanee, Villa Rica, Winston, Woodstock, and everywhere in between.

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