Master Pest Patrol offers safe and humane raccoon control in the Sacramento area.
The raccoon (Procyon lotor) is a stocky mammal about 2 to 3 feet long and weighs 10 to 30 pounds. It is distinctively marked with a black “mask” over the eyes and is heavily furred with alternating light and dark rings around its tail. Raccoons are active year-round but may take cover in dens during periods of severe winter weather.
Raccoons also cause damage or become a nuisance around houses and
outbuildings when they take up residence in attics or chimneys or raid garbage cans in search of food. Raccoons often tear off boards or shingles to get into an attic or wall space. Once inside, they may damage insulation and chew holes. In addition, raccoon feces may accumulate and create unpleasant odors (FAQs of Raccoon Damage).
There are various approaches to obtaining raccoon control. In some communities the situation has become so severe that it is beyond the ability of the individual homeowner to solve the problem. It is best to call a Nuissance Wildlife Animal Control expert. It can be very dangerous to try to remove or corner a raccoon.
Raccoons in the garden may be observed at night or they may come up to a sliding glass door and peer inside. Evidence of feeding, tracks, and droppings may provide clues to their visits. Of course, noises on the roof, in the chimney, or in the attic let you know of their presence. An occasional visit by a raccoon or a family of raccoons may not be a cause for major concern, but if these visits become commonplace and raccoons are also climbing on your roof, some action is probably warranted.