Raccoon Control and Removal

Raccoon (Procyon lotor) Control and Removal

Activity/Behavior:

Raccoons are primarily nocturnal. Generally, breeding occurs in late January through February. Females give birth in March/April. Litter size can range from two to nine young per litter. In urban and suburban areas, raccoons commonly enter into attics, crawl spaces, basements, and chimneys for shelter.

Dangers:

  • Rabies, Baylisascaris procyonis, Girdiasis, Leptospirosis, Salmonella, and E. Coli.
  • Raccoons can cause extensive damage to homes and their attics.

Removal and Prevention:

The most effective method of removing raccoons from an unwanted area is through trapping. Traps are placed in the avenue of approaches to and from their den entrance holes. Throughout the trapping the process, it is important to monitor these entrance holes to ensure that all of the raccoons have been successfully removed from the dwelling. Once it has been determined that all of the raccoons have been removed, repairs should be performed to prevent further occurrences.