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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.

Large hole in the roof of a house, caused by raccoons in Georgia

Large gap in a roof found at a raccoon removal job.

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.

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.

Raccoon Removal and Damage Repair

Raccoon hole near the ground going through into a house

Raccoon damage found at a raccoon removal job.

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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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.

News Flash: Our new company blog is live!
by Webmaster
Jan 18, 2019 05:52:35 pm.

Had a good day visiting some of my clients in the Gainesville Ga. area today.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 17, 2019 02:38:57 pm.

Squirrels, squirrels, and rats. Just left a house in Vestavia Hills. We are sealing that one today for squirrels and rats. On my way to pehlam for gray squirrels. Then back up to Birmingham for more gray squirrels. Then to Irondale.
by Chris Scott
Jan 17, 2019 11:14:15 am.

Here's a Raccoon Hole in the Soffit of a House in Alpharetta
by Webmaster
Jan 11, 2019 10:58:22 am.

Chris Found Raccoon Droppings in the Attic of a House in Alpharetta
by Webmaster
Jan 11, 2019 10:53:33 am.

Safety training in Jasper Georgia today. Couldn’t ask for a better view.
by Dean Scott
Jan 11, 2019 10:33:18 am.

It’s was a great day in Birmingham Alabama today. I got to see a lot of friendly faces again. Our relationship with the pest control industry has been and is amazing. Thanks to all the Pest Control companies that refer us for wildlife.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 10, 2019 03:08:08 pm.

Picture of Raccoon Damage at a House in Cumming
by Webmaster
Jan 09, 2019 11:17:36 am.

Good morning team. I’m headed to Albany Ga. today to see some clients. Hope you all have a great day.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 09, 2019 08:05:26 am.

Its finally a beautiful day in the south! The sun is shining and the temperatures are nice. Our techs are out in the filed removing attic critters and excluding them from homes. If you have rats, mice or other varmints in your home call us.
by Richard Adcock
Jan 05, 2019 12:02:27 pm.

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by Webmaster
Dec 31, 2018 11:26:02 am.

Getting more and more calls for raccoons in attics or on roofs in the last couple of weeks. We are inspecting homes for raccoons in Macon, Birmingham and Atlanta areas. If you hear or see raccoons in your roof call Ridacritter for help.
by Richard Adcock
Dec 29, 2018 08:21:52 am.

Seeing clients in and around Griffin Ga today.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 28, 2018 01:07:45 pm.

New Google+ Post: Merry Christmas!
by Webmaster
Dec 24, 2018 10:43:21 am.

Spent the day with clients in South Georgia from Albany to Valdosta. Time to head back to Pike county.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 17, 2018 05:06:48 pm.

Good luck 🍀 to all students taking their midterm exams this week.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 17, 2018 04:25:14 pm.

Video of a Sleepy Raccoon Removal Job in North Georgia
by Webmaster
Dec 12, 2018 11:07:54 am.

Video of Carl Correcting Another Animal-Removal Company's Work
by Webmaster
Dec 11, 2018 09:55:45 am.

Wow, it’s been a lot of wet and cold weather here in Ga. and has the phones ringing. Make sure your home is secured against all the wildlife looking for warmth and shelter.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 10, 2018 04:42:47 pm.

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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