Raccoon Removal in DFW, Denton, Austin, San Antonio, and Houston.
Raccoon removal from your attic, chimney, shed, or garage, and from under decks, porches, and pier-and-beam foundations. Our exclusion services include a 10 year guarantee and are available in the greater Dallas, Denton, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, and Houston areas.
Q. Raccoon Removal if raccoons den in a chimney or attic?
A. In spring and summer, mother raccoons may use chimneys and attics as denning sites for raising their cubs. The best solution is to wait a few weeks for the raccoons to move out on their own, which they will do when the cubs are weaned. Once the raccoons are gone, promptly install a chimney cap (or seal any holes leading to the attic) and this situation will not occur again.
If you must evict a raccoon family, remember that raccoons look for a quiet, dark and non-noxious smelling place to raise their young. By creating the opposite conditions, you can encourage them to leave sooner if absolutely necessary. For chimney raccoons, place a blaring radio in the fireplace. Then put a bowl of ammonia on a footstool, just under the damper. For attic raccoons, leave all the lights on and place a blaring radio and some rags sprinkled with 1/4 cut of ammonia around the attic. Apply these deterrents at dusk ONLY; even harassed mother raccoons will not move their young in daylight.
Q. What can I do to stop raccoons from continuously knocking over my garbage cans?
A. Overflowing or uncovered garbage cans provide an open invitation for hungry raccoons. The simplest solution is to put out your garbage cans for pick-up in the morning, after raccoons and other nocturnal animals have returned to their dens.
Q. There’s a raccoon in my yard during the daytime. Is it rabid?
A. Even though raccoons are nocturnal, mother raccoons sometimes forage during the day when they have nursing cubs depleting their energy. Cat food and garbage left outside will attract raccoons to an area. Only if an adult raccoon seen in the daytime is showing abnormal behaviors such as paralysis, unprovoked aggression, moving in circles, self-mutilating, making screeching sounds, or acting tame should you be concerned. Keep people and animals away if you suspect the animal is rabid, and call 911 Wildlife immediately.
Q. I see a baby raccoon outside in the day – does that mean the animal is rabid?
A. When baby raccoons are orphaned, they don’t know night from day – they only know they are extremely hungry. This is when they tend to plunge out of trees. If the mother raccoon does not retrieve the baby after several hours (she rarely leaves her young along for very long), then use gloves, a shovel or a trowel to put the baby in a cardboard box with a ventilated top (like a window screen) and an old shirt or cloth for comfort. The cub can be left out of a few hours after dusk to see if the mother retrieves him. Another option is to put an upside-down laundry basket over the cub with a weight on top so the cub doesn’t wander off in the meantime. Be sure to put a cloth in for warmth and keep an eye on the weather. If the cub is not retrieved during the night, it’s a sure sign something has happened to the mother. Do not touch the raccoon with your bare hands. Call 911 Wildlife.
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Raccoons are common in urban areas. They seek dark, quiet places to sleep during the day and sources of food during the night. It is common for raccoons to eat birdseed, pet food and unsecured garbage left outside at night and fish from backyard ponds. During the spring and summer female raccoons seek out den sites in which to give birth. In urban areas, they often use attics and chimneys as dens for raising their cubs. They also may den under decks, sheds, and pier and beam foundations. If you suspect raccoons are denning in your attic, shed or garage, call 911 Wildlife today for a professional inspection.