Raccoon Removal and Control

Jarrod's Affordable Wildlife Eviction
7513 Veterans Pkwy.
Columbus, Georgia
Kingdom:   Animalia
Phylum:     Chordata
Class:        Mammalia
Order:        Carnivora
Family:       Procyonidae
Genus:       Procyon
Species:     Procyon lotor
Raccoon facts, raccoons,
Raccoon Paw
The front paws of the raccoon are extremely nimble and are able to grasp and manipulate objects with great dexterity. They can easily retrieve a dime from inside a shirt pocket. The sense of touch is the most important sense for raccoons. Their front paws have a thin, bony layer that protects them and becomes pliable when wet. The raccoons sense of touch is not affected even after standing in 50 degree water for hours. Their claws are not retractable and do not have an opposing thumb like that of primates.

Raccoons are thought to be color blind though their eyes are well adapted to sensing green light. They have poor long distance vision but an excellent sense of smell which not only helps them see in low light but also helps them distinguish between relations and unfriendly adversarial raccoons.

The raccoons sense of hearing is exceptional and allows them to even hear earthworms underground.

Raccoon distribution ranges, raccoons
Red=Native Range Blue= Introduced Range
In the last few decades, raccoons have thrived in sparsely wooded areas but depend on some type of vertical structure to climb when threatened. They avoid areas of open terrain with large concentrations of Beech trees because the bark is too smooth to climb.

In the wild raccoons prefer the hollows of trees for sleeping, raising young and as winter dens. If no appropriate tree cavity can be found then dense undergrowth, rock crevices or abandoned burrows of other animals will be used instead. They tend to stay in separate groups of males and females with the male groups numbering no more than 4. Females rear the young until they are able to fend for themselves and keep the young separate from males as some of the males are aggressive and will kill young kits that are not their own.

The native raccoon ranges from Central America to Canada and the species has been introduced in Germany, Austria and Japan. Populations in Cuba and Jamaica were exterminated in 1687 for their meat. A population explosion in the 1940's has increased numbers to the point where there were more raccoons in the 1980's than in the 1930's. They have made new habitats (aside from suburban settlement) from the Rocky Mountains to flatland marshes and are perhaps the most adaptable mammal in North America.

The only natural predators of raccoons are humans, bobcats and coyotes. Great Horned Owls only prey on young raccoons and pose no danger to adults.

raccoon diet, raccoons, raccoon facts
Raccoon eating apples
Raccoons are omnivirous meaning they will eat meat and vegetation.Their diet ranges from earthworms, insects, bird eggs, small fish, to corn, fruits and nuts. Acorns and walnuts are favorites due to the high fat content which aids in winter survival. When there is plenty of food available raccoons can develop specific preferences for one food type over another. During long periods of snowfall that covers up food sources, raccoons may enter a winter rest, a state of inactivity similar to hibernation.
Why Get Rid of Raccoons?
Jarrod's is the leader in raccoon trapping in Georgia and Alabama
Getting rid of raccoons becomes necessary when they become a little too familiar around human residences and activities. Raccoons are wild animals and though they may look "cute and cuddly" that is far from the reality of their real disposition. Raccoons are very strong for their size and can become aggressive without warning. It is one of the reasons it is illegal to keep them as pets in nearly every state in the United States.

Due to the "cuddle factor", raccoons pose a real danger to children who want to get too close and pet them. Raccoons can carry the rabies virus and children should be warned that if they see a raccoon that stumbles while walking or looks like it's "drunk" that the raccoon is "sick" and must be avoided. Depending on the stage of the disease a raccoon may be stationary or appear to be convulsing. Children often want to help or comfort these animals but they must keep their distance. Rabies is no joke and is fatal in humans 100% of the time if not treated immediately.

People want to get rid of raccoons when they find out there is one or more living in their attic or other structures on their property. Raccoons can cause a substantial amount of property damage ranging from holes chewed and clawed into roofs to siding literally being ripped off a house to gain access to attics or crawlspaces. Once inside, raccoons will destroy storage boxes and insulation and modify the area to their own tastes to be used as a nest or den to raise young.

Find out more information on getting rid of and trapping raccoons.

Should I try trapping raccoons myself?

There are a few ways to get rid of raccoons. The first is for you to do it yourself. Raccoon trapping can sometimes be a risky course of action. If you have raccoons in your attic, for instance, it is most likely a mother with young. Mother raccoons are very protective and can get downright nasty and vicious when confronted. Add to that the confined space of an attic and it could very well end up with the raccoon or yourself getting injured - usually it's you.

One of the other problems with raccoon trapping yourself is making sure you get the right animal. Leaving a trap outside in the yard will most likely catch something but is it the same raccoon that's been knocking over your garbage cans or stealing your pet's food? You may very well catch a raccoon on your first attempt and then find the same problem occurs the very next night because the real culprit is still on the loose. Targeting specific animals isn't always as easy as you might think.

Lastly, if you do decide to do the job yourself, be sure to check the laws and regulations on wild animal release in your area. Just setting a raccoon (or any other wild animal) free in a spot that "looks nice" may be a criminal offense depending on the area.

Raccoons also are known carriers of rabies, a viral disease that causes progressive paralysis in humans and is fatal if not treated. You can see there are a few downsides to "doing it yourself."

If raccoon trapping is something you would rather leave to a professional call Jarrod's Affordable Wildlife Eviction. We have been in the wildlife removal business for years and are experts at removing raccoons and other wildlife from your home or business. Every raccoon we trap is relocated to a remote, state approved release area and set free into the wild where it was meant to be in the first place.

Trapping raccoons and relocating them is the only sure way to get rid of problem raccoons for good. We do not believe in, or practice lethal raccoon extermination.
Jarrod's Affordable Wildlife Eviction is the leader in raccoon trapping and removal in Georgia and Alabama.

In Georgia, we service the cities of Columbus, Pine Mountain, Hamilton, Dawson, LaGrange, Fort Benning, Americus, Shiloh, Warm Springs, Fortson, Upatoi, Buena Vista and everywhere in between.

In Alabama, our service area includes Auburn, Phenix City, Tuskegee, Opelika, Eufaula, Smiths Station and everywhere in between.

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