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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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Hope everyone stayed dry from the rain but if you got flooded with animals we can get them out!
by Amber A.
Jun 21, 2021 06:32:40 pm.

We can remove animals from the structure, as well as seal up your home, but if those pesky critters left behind any excrement, we offer cleanup as well as insulation replacement! Call for a quote!
by Amber A.
Jun 18, 2021 06:34:50 pm.

Happy Monday! Hope everyone has a wonderful and productive week! And if animals are keeping you up at night, give us a call!
by Amber A.
Jun 14, 2021 05:59:26 pm.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!!
by Amber A.
Jun 12, 2021 07:23:35 pm.

It’s a competition between bats and raccoons getting up in the attics the last few days! If it’s in your attic, we can get it!
by Amber A.
Jun 11, 2021 06:04:09 pm.

The rain seems to be driving the animals in! We can get them out!
by Amber A.
Jun 10, 2021 06:04:42 pm.

Our inspector found raccoon prints in the dust in the attic of a house in Norcross, Georgia. We're setting traps to catch and remove the raccoons, and we'll be animal-proofing the house to prevent future nuisance wildlife problems.
by Webmaster
Jun 10, 2021 11:47:38 am.

Yesterday we set a trap to catch and remove a raccoon from the attic of a house in Roswell, Georgia; and this morning the homeowner called to let us know the raccoon had been trapped. We have a technician on his way to remove the raccoon from the house.
by Webmaster
Jun 09, 2021 09:44:50 am.

The rain doesn’t scare the animals away! If you’ve noticed one taking shelter in your home, give us a call!
by Amber A.
Jun 07, 2021 07:24:17 pm.

Pesky Raccoons Knocked Out the Soffit Panel at a House in Hogansville, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jun 07, 2021 11:01:28 am.

Today, the Raccoons took the spotlight! Lots of customers reporting raccoon activity in their attic!
by Amber A.
Jun 04, 2021 06:05:55 pm.

Today We're Repairing this Raccoon Damage to a House in White, Georgia
by Webmaster
May 27, 2021 09:33:51 am.

Out and about in LaGrange Ga on snake calls. Give us a call for a free quote today.
by Jason Arruda
May 25, 2021 02:16:41 pm.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!
by Amber A.
May 21, 2021 06:06:17 pm.

We just removed the last of the raccoons from the attic of a house in Villa Rica, Georgia and animal-proofed the roof. Now we're cleaning up the mess the raccoons made of the attic, which will include replacing the damaged and contaminated insulation.
by Webmaster
May 19, 2021 10:39:26 am.

Video of a Mother and Baby Raccoon Removed from an Attic
by Webmaster
May 19, 2021 09:55:22 am.

Happy Friday!! Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
by Amber A.
May 14, 2021 06:04:38 pm.

I think there was more animal activity outside then inside today! If they get in, we can get them out!
by Amber A.
May 13, 2021 06:10:20 pm.

Pesky Raccoons Made a Mess in the Attic of this House in Flowery Branch, Georgia
by Webmaster
May 12, 2021 10:47:59 am.

Cooler weather coming in means the animals coming in! We can help! :)
by Amber A.
May 11, 2021 06:58:32 pm.

Our animal damage repair experts are repairing raccoon damage to the shingles and roof of a house in Dunwoody, Georgia. Raccoons are very strong, very smart animals who can do serious damage to a home.
by Webmaster
May 11, 2021 10:20:42 am.

A non-chemical rat control crew from our North Georgia office is rat-proofing the foundation of a house in Buford, Georgia. They're also using traps to safely catch and remove the existing rats from the home.
by Webmaster
May 05, 2021 09:55:15 am.

Here's What Happens When a Trainee Drops His Cell Phone Inside a Wall
by Webmaster
May 04, 2021 10:23:55 am.

What a Monday! Hope everyone stays safe out there!
by Amber A.
May 03, 2021 06:03:57 pm.

We have a North Georgia animal damage-repair team on their way to fix raccoon damage to the soffit and roof of a house in Villa Rica, Georgia. The racoon has already been trapped and removed from the attic of the house.
by Webmaster
May 03, 2021 09:53:05 am.

Happy Friday! I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!
by Amber A.
Apr 30, 2021 06:13:44 pm.

Animal damage repair specialists from our North Georgia office are repairing raccoon damage to the soffit, roof, and shingles of a house in Snellville, Georgia. Raccoons are strong animals who can do serious damage to a home.
by Webmaster
Apr 29, 2021 10:44:54 am.

One of our wildlife damage-repair crews is repairing raccoon damage to the roof and attic of a house in Roswell, Georgia. They're also setting traps to catch and remove the raccoons, and remove and replace the contaminated insulation.
by Webmaster
Apr 26, 2021 09:06:38 am.

A homeowner in Dunwoody, Georgia noticed that a section of soffit panel on their house had collapsed and fallen out. Turns out they have raccoons in the attic. We'll trap and remove the raccoons and repair the damage.
by Webmaster
Apr 23, 2021 09:43:42 am.

An animal-damage repair team from our North Georgia office is repairing raccoon damage to the roof of a house in Loganville. We've already trapped the raccoons and removed them from the attic.
by Webmaster
Apr 15, 2021 11:16:27 am.

Serious Raccoon Damage to the Insulation in the Attic of a House in Buford, Georgia
by Webmaster
Apr 09, 2021 09:41:52 am.

We have an animal damage repair crew on their way to repair raccoon damage to the soffit of a house in Carrollton, Georgia. They've already trapped and removed the raccoons from the attic.
by Webmaster
Apr 05, 2021 10:38:18 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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