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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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by Jason Arruda
Oct 10, 2019 02:29:13 pm.

Having a blast down here in Tifton Ga at the GPCA Fall Conference meeting new clients. Glad to be in great relationships with the pest control industry.
by Jason Arruda
Oct 10, 2019 10:45:32 am.

A Raccoon Collapsed a Soffit Panel at a House in Jasper, Georgia
by Webmaster
Oct 08, 2019 11:06:39 am.

Been a busy day in South Georgia today with attic noises and scratching noises in walls. Squirrels are here.
by Jason Arruda
Sep 19, 2019 02:34:56 pm.

Squirrel calls are coming in. Is your home protected? Call us for a free quote today.
by Jason Arruda
Sep 04, 2019 12:40:03 pm.

Out seeing clients today in Birmingham, Anniston, Leeds and Center Point Alabama. Having issues with Nuisance animals in your home or business call us for a free quote.
by Jason Arruda
Aug 29, 2019 12:14:08 pm.

Headed south to Vidalia,Ga for a bat exclusion quote. Nice day today with cooler temps. Going to be a busy fall.
by Jason Arruda
Aug 26, 2019 11:29:27 am.

Very Poor Maintenance Led to a Rat Problem at a House in Cumming, Georgia
by Webmaster
Aug 15, 2019 11:35:11 am.

Serious Raccoon Damage to the Siding of a House in Dawsonville, Georgia
by Webmaster
Aug 14, 2019 11:11:45 am.

Here's How a Raccoon Got Into the Attic of a House in Carrollton, Georgia
by Webmaster
Aug 12, 2019 10:11:48 am.

Getting a little squirrelly in Georgia. We’ve seen babies already.
by Jason Arruda
Aug 01, 2019 09:54:09 am.

Here's How Raccoons Got Into the Crawl Space of a House in Canton, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jul 29, 2019 11:29:46 am.

In Warner Robins this morning and sold a exclusion. Gonna be another happy customer. Now headed to Valdosta to see some clients.
by Jason Arruda
Jul 25, 2019 01:42:30 pm.

Down here on Lake Blackshear quoting a home with what was thought to be bats. After evaluating the home it turns out to be Chimney Swifts which can’t be relocated due to being a migratory bird. We’ll be back to cap flue when they’re gone.
by Jason Arruda
Jul 22, 2019 01:37:32 pm.

Typical Raccoon Damage to the Insulation in an Attic in Canton, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jul 17, 2019 10:34:07 am.

Serious Raccoon Damage to the Ducts in at Attic in Snellville, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jul 05, 2019 10:32:49 am.

Undeniable Evidence of a Raccoon Problem in an Attic in Suwanee, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jun 19, 2019 11:33:33 am.

Love it when a really good song comes on the radio in between stops. Gets me a little squirrelly. Lol Have a Good Friday everyone.
by Jason Arruda
May 31, 2019 11:48:33 am.

Out seeing our wonderful clients in the pest control industry that refers us for wildlife (rats, bats, snakes, squirrels , bees, etc. Thank you from all of us!!
by Jason Arruda
May 30, 2019 01:45:40 pm.

Serious Raccoon Damage to a Soffit Panel in Lawrenceville, Georgia
by Webmaster
May 17, 2019 09:21:33 am.

Serious Raccoon Damage to the Roof of a House in Roswell, Georgia
by Webmaster
May 17, 2019 09:11:35 am.

Typical Raccoon Damage to the Soffit of a House in Lawrenceville, Georgia
by Webmaster
May 15, 2019 10:34:15 am.

This Was How Raccoons Got Into a House in Dunwoody, Georgia
by Webmaster
May 13, 2019 11:17:53 am.

Here's How Raccoon Got Into this House in Dunwoody, Georgia
by Webmaster
May 09, 2019 05:39:02 pm.

Great day in Valdosta. I helped one of my clients customer with a honey bee problem and set them up for our technicians to quote extraction.
by Jason Arruda
May 07, 2019 03:13:38 pm.

Squirrels in my attic, rats in my crawl, bats flying in my house to snakes in my yard. Yes we can handle it all from Hiawassee to Valdosta .
by Jason Arruda
Apr 30, 2019 12:37:58 pm.

Pile of Raccoon Scat in the Attic of a House in Alpharetta, Georgia
by Webmaster
Apr 24, 2019 11:13:53 am.

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.

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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