The masked bandits, otherwise known as raccoons, are a very common nuisance in our great state of Georgia. Raccoons are extremely neat animals who are fun to watch going about their daily activities. Unlike most other animals in the south, raccoons have hands and use them in a similar fashion to us humans. These hands make raccoon tracks very easy to identify on the ground. Their hands also give them an edge when it comes to hunting and gathering food, as well as making them excellent climbers.
Raccoons are, unfortunately, much more disease prone than many animals in Georgia. Most notably, they are one of the main vector carriers of rabies. Extreme care must be taken when interacting with raccoons. If any human contact with a raccoon occurs, one should follow post-rabies exposure protocol and seek medical help as needed. More information about rabies can be found through the Georgia Department of Public Health and the Georgia Poison Control Center, which is available 24/7 at 800-282-5846.
Along with many other diseases, raccoons are also known to carry raccoon roundworm, a very resilient parasite that can infect and harm humans. Some studies have shown that around 70% of adult raccoons have raccoon roundworm. The parasite eggs are primarily found in raccoon feces. That said, always wash your hands thoroughly if you touch anything a raccoon may have contaminated.
As long as raccoons stay out in the woods, they cause very little problems. However, raccoons are extremely opportunistic animals and tend to adapt to human presence rapidly. They take full advantage of their circumstances, often living off our trash or trying to share our dwellings with us. This is where the raccoon becomes a nuisance, and raccoon removal becomes a necessity. Don’t worry; the experts at Jason’s Wildlife Removal are raccoon removal pros and can quickly eliminate any issues these bandits are causing.
Common issues with raccoons are crop destruction, eating cat food from your porch, killing poultry, fighting with pets, etc. However, the issue that calls for immediate raccoon removal presents when a raccoon gets into your home! Because raccoons are such great climbers, they will often get onto your roof and find their way into an attic. Most people who call us about raccoons report sounds of something “big” in their attic. Raccoons typically make these noises during the night because they are nocturnal animals.
Once we determine that raccoons are indeed the target, we go to work setting up traps to effectively catch and remove the raccoon from your property. Once all animals are removed, and your home is deemed raccoon free, we then move to the seal-up phase, where we carefully “raccoon-proof” your home from any future bandits who may be making their way through the neighborhood. At this point, you are raccoon free and protected from all future incidents.
If you are struggling with problem raccoons or are hearing some big nighttime sounds in your attic, call us today. We would love to help you solve your raccoon problem! The experts with Jason’s Wildlife Removal are individually licensed through the Georgia Department of Natural Resources as Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators. Professionals like us are trained to safely and humanely remove the wildlife and leave your home better than ever. Every job is different, so call us today, and we can come up with a plan for you!