With its “bandit” mask and paws that look a little like human hands, the raccoon is a cute and familiar animal, but can also be quite a frightening pest. The raccoon's toes are flexible and it is very good at grabbing, pulling things apart and holding things. The raccoon is also an excellent climber, and one of the few mammals capable of climbing down a tree backwards or face-first. It generally lives in wooded areas near water, but is very adaptable and often found in suburbs and cities. It usually makes its den in a tree, but may make its home in an abandoned woodchuck burrow, a cave, barn, sewer, and of course, in our homes.
The raccoon is mostly nocturnal. It is also solitary, except for mothers and their young. In the winter, the raccoon may sleep in its den for a few weeks but it does not hibernate. The raccoon usually walks, but it can run at speeds of up to 15 miles an hour. It is also a good swimmer and often hunts for food in the water. The raccoon makes a variety of vocalizations including hisses, whistles, screams, growls and snarls.
When raccoons enter and nest in structures, it is usually in the attic or chimney. The exclusion service always begins with a thorough inspection of the roof area to identify any and all possible points of entry. Removing the animals is accomplished via either trapping or “evicting”, depending on the location of the nesting site. Once the raccoons are out of the structure, we will prevent future problems by either installing a chimney cap or securing entry points with galvanized steel screening, attached with screws. In some cases, we will repair the damaged area with new material (wood, shingle, flashing, etc.). The standard warranty for raccoon exclusion is 12 months, but extended warranties are available.