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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 animals with "masked" faces and ringed tails. In fact, 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 forepaws 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 animals 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 are acting tame or 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 trabsmit 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.

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.

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 animal 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 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 pictures of raccoon removal and damage-repair jobs we've done in Georgia.

With offices throughout North-Central Georgia and in the Birmingham, Alabama 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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A Raccoon Hole in the Soffit of a House in Alpharetta, Georgia
by Webmaster
Apr 12, 2019 11:05:01 am.

Pile of Raccoon Scat in the Attic of a House in Alpharetta, Georgia
by Webmaster
Apr 12, 2019 11:01:24 am.

Serious Raccoon Damage to the Soffit of a House in Dacula, Georgia
by Webmaster
Apr 09, 2019 08:32:01 am.

Awesome day in Macon Ga. visiting clients. South Ga. pest control companies are referring us more and more bat jobs. I explained that now is the season. Thank you for referring us
by Jason Arruda
Apr 04, 2019 02:36:39 pm.

Serious Raccoon Damage to the Soffit of a House in Adairsville, Georgia
by Webmaster
Apr 02, 2019 12:27:03 pm.

Pesky Raccoons Damaged a Soffit at a House in Lawrenceville, Georgia
by Webmaster
Mar 29, 2019 09:16:25 am.

Well it was a great day in Alabama seeing my Pest Control clients that refer us. If you don’t know by now majority of Pest Control companies refer us for squirrels, raccoons, rats, bats, bees and more. Now it time to head back to Georgia.
by Jason Arruda
Mar 28, 2019 03:24:50 pm.

Excluding animals is a continuous task. That’s why our Warranty Division is always hard at work keeping those reoccurring, persistent, and pesky Critters out of your home. Have you let your Warranty coverage lapse?? Get caught up today !!
by Tim McDavid
Mar 28, 2019 09:29:04 am.

Here's a Raccoon Damage to a Soffit Panel in Alpharetta, Georgia
by Webmaster
Mar 27, 2019 11:25:35 am.

Pile of Raccoon Scat in the Attic of a House in Alpharetta, Georgia
by Webmaster
Mar 25, 2019 10:47:09 am.

Video of Raccoon Damage at a House in Alpharetta, Georgia
by Webmaster
Mar 19, 2019 11:12:32 am.

Pile of Raccoon Scat in an Attic in Alpharetta, Georgia
by Webmaster
Mar 15, 2019 11:22:46 am.

In Columbus Ga today meeting new clients.
by Jason Arruda
Mar 14, 2019 12:45:31 pm.

'Twas A Lucky Day for a Raccoon in Roswell, Georgia
by Webmaster
Mar 14, 2019 10:36:23 am.

Beginning of Raccoon Damage at a House in Roswell, Georgia
by Webmaster
Mar 12, 2019 12:10:13 pm.

Serious Raccoon Damage to a Soffit in Dunwoody, Georgia
by Webmaster
Mar 05, 2019 11:13:21 am.

Serious Raccoon Damage to a House in Dunwoody, Georgia
by Webmaster
Feb 28, 2019 10:41:29 am.

Here's a Raccoon Hole in a House in Dacula, Georgia
by Webmaster
Feb 26, 2019 10:58:41 am.

Visiting clients in Albany Ga. on this Presidents Day. Be safe!
by Jason Arruda
Feb 18, 2019 11:52:47 am.

It's Obvious How Raccoons Got Into this House in Young Harris, Georgia
by Webmaster
Feb 15, 2019 10:39:40 am.

This Was How a Raccoon Got Into a House in Lawrenceville, Georgia
by Webmaster
Feb 07, 2019 11:31:40 am.

Wow, this warm weather has these bat calls on the rise. Bats are gonna be out early with this warm weather and early spring.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 06, 2019 11:57:56 am.

A Raccoon Damaged the Shingles at a House in Suwanee
by Webmaster
Feb 01, 2019 12:08:28 pm.

Well it was a good Monday seeing clients in Carrollton, Dallas, Rockmart and Bremen Ga. today. Time to head home. Be safe everyone.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 28, 2019 04:25:42 pm.

Obviously, a Raccoon Needs to be Removed from an Attic in Roswell, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jan 25, 2019 10:00:11 am.

Evidence of a Raccoon Problem in the Attic of a House in Norcross, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jan 23, 2019 10:38:24 am.

Justin Found Raccoon Scat in the Attic of a House in Alpharetta
by Webmaster
Jan 22, 2019 11:09:16 am.

Nick Found Roof Damage at a Raccoon-Removal Job in Roswell,Georgia
by Webmaster
Jan 22, 2019 11:04:03 am.

As always it’s nice to visit with our clients in the Albany Ga area. Thanks to all companies and people who refer us to your friends and family for wildlife needs.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 21, 2019 02:47:07 pm.

This was How Raccoons Got Into a House in Roswell, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jan 21, 2019 11:31:28 am.

Typical Raccoon Damage to the Soffit of a House in Snellville, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jan 21, 2019 11:19:19 am.

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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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