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Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services, LLC.

A full-service animal wildlife trapping, removal and pest control company - Licensed and Insured!

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Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services, LLC.

A full-service animal wildlife trapping, removal and pest control company - Licensed and Insured!

Raccoon Removal & RACCOON Control page

Welcome to Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services, LLC., Raccoon Removal & Raccoon Control Page

Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services, LLC., is Licensed and Insured, and provides both residential and commercial Raccoon Removal services.

HOW DO I GET RID OF RACCOONS?

Raccoons are a common problem throughout the US, and that’s why Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services is here to help. These critters are smarter than many other animals, but that just means they’re more devious in their deeds.

 

The only real means of getting rid of raccoons is through trapping and removal of the animals. If you’ve got raccoons in your attic, it’s important that the wildlife control operator search for a litter of baby raccoons, and remove them by hand before trapping and removing the female raccoon. If it’s just raccoons outside causing trouble, they can be trapped and removed, but beware, they’ll often dig and grab anything within a few inches of the cage trap. There are also some lethal raccoon traps, but they’re not often used or even legal in all states. Customers ofter ask us how to trap a raccoon and want us to provide information on raccoon trapping tips. The truth is raccoon removal and trapping should be left to professionals.

 

At Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services we are constantly striving to advance our education so that we may serve you better.

 

Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services provides humane nuisance raccoon trapping, raccoon removal, raccoon control, raccoon exclusion and raccoon damage repairs for individuals, businesses, and municipalities throughout Central and Eastern Virginia. Some of our service areas in Virginia include: Chesterfield County, Goochland County, Louisa County, Fluvanna County, Orange County, Powhatan County, Albemarle County, Henrico County, Hanover County, Mineral, Gordonsville, Keswick, Lake Anna, Lake Monticello, Hadensville, Ferncliff, Boyd Tavern, Shannon Hill, Gum Spring, Troy, Palmyra, Ashland, Mechanicsville, Oilville, Sandy Hook, Glen Allen, Maidens, Rockville, Manakin, Earlysville, Charlottesville, and Richmond.

The Raccoon (Procyon lotor) can be a considerable nuisance to Virginia homeowners, gardeners and businesses. Raccoons will kill poultry, eat sweet corn and other garden crops, eat pet foods, raid garbage cans, roll up turf sod, and damage roofing materials, attic vents and fascia boards. Female raccoons often choose to give birth to and raise their young in attics and chimneys, and can make considerable noise and and cause extensive damage to insulation and HVAC systems.

Raccoons are become increasingly comfortable in the presence of humans, and this makes them an active vector of disease transmission to humans and their pets. Raccoons are susceptible to rabies, parvo, distemper, and are a major carrier of the roundworm parasite Baylisascaris procyonis which is transferable to humans and pets.

 

Description of Raccoon Damage

 

Raccoons in Virginia may cause a variety of damage or nuisance problems, and their distinctive tracks often provide evidence of their involvement in damage situations. Raccoons can damage vegetable gardens and crops, particularly sweet corn that is ripe and ready for harvesting. Partially eaten ears with the husks pulled back or stalks that have broken as the animals climb to get at the ears may indicate raccoon damage. Raccoons also like watermelons and will dig through the rind to reach in and pull out the contents with their paws. In addition, they will occasionally kill poultry on nests or roosts in chicken coops.

Raccoons can 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. Occasionally, raccoons may tear off boards or shingles to get into an attic or wall space. I’ve even seen them destroy a brand new roof in an attempt to enter an attic. Once inside, they may damage insulation and chew holes. In addition, raccoon feces may accumulate and create unpleasant odors and health concerns.

 

Damage Raccoons do to your Home or Building

They’re nature’s crooks, so it should come as no surprise that they do a lot of damage to people’s homes. Sometimes you’ll get lucky and the damage will be minor, but sometimes they will cause thousands of dollars’ worth of damage. All-in-all, they’re going to make life very difficult for you. Here are just some of the most common types of raccoon damage that you might have to deal with:

Wires

Raccoons love to chew on wires. They’ll gnaw any that they find lying around.

While this may not seem that bad, chewed wires can have some severe consequences. The best-case scenario is if the device just shuts off because it has run out of power. In other cases, however, the gnawed wire will remain exposed, and it might electrocute anyone that steps on it. An exposed wire could also be a fire risk, and it could bring down your entire house!

So you’ll have to be careful when you have raccoons in your attic.

Insulation

Your insulation is another prime target. It’s often made of a material that’s soft and warm. That’s why raccoons might decide to tear some pieces to help build their nests.

That’s not all that happens, as there are plenty of ways for raccoons to damage your home’s insulation. Even if raccoons don’t rip apart the insulation, they might leave their waste on it. This will slowly damage the material, and you’ll eventually have to get it replaced.

Ducts

For reasons that are still unknown, raccoons love to claw their way into your ducts. They’ll start slashing at their thin exterior, tearing it to create an entry for themselves.

Once they’re inside, these rascals will start exploring the ducts, causing even more damage. They might even leave their waste inside your ducts, and you definitely don’t want that.

Wood

Raccoons are also known for damaging any wooden structures in your home. They do this by chewing on those items.

This might not seem bad at first, with there only being some scratch-marks to show what’s happened. Yet given enough time, raccoons can completely destroy your furniture or ruin your home’s structural integrity! When that happens, things might start to collapse!

Raccoon Health Concerns

 

Rabies – Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system. Animals most often infected include raccoons, skunks, foxes, and bats. The rabies virus is present in the saliva and nervous tissue of a rabid animal. Avoiding encounters with raccoons can reduce the risk of exposure to rabies. Do not attempt to handle or capture a sick or apparently “orphaned” animal. Avoid animals that act strangely, especially those that are unusually tame, aggressive, or paralyzed. Be suspicious of daytime activity in raccoons, which normally are most active at night. In Virginia over the last decade more than 50 percent of the wild animals confirmed to have rabies each year have been raccoons.

Wild mammals as well as cats, dogs, ferrets, and livestock may contract rabies. Thus it is important to have all dogs and cats regularly vaccinated for rabies. If your pet has been in a fight with another animal, wear gloves to handle it. Isolate it from other animals and people and telephone your county health department or animal control officer for instructions. If you or someone you know is bitten or scratched by a raccoon, wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water and contact your physician immediately. Rabies post-exposure vaccinations may be necessary. Consult with your county or city health department for additional information.

Raccoon Roundworm – Roundworm (Baylisascaris procyonis) is a potentially dangerous parasite commonly found in the small intestine of raccoons. Raccoon roundworm can be contracted by humans who accidentally ingest roundworm eggs (shed in raccoon droppings) from contaminated areas or by not washing hands after working or playing in or around a contaminated area. Small children are particularly vulnerable because they tend to put their hands and other objects in their mouths. A small number of children have died from this disease. Some of these cases have been chronicled on the hit TV show “Monsters Inside Me”. Larvae migrate to various tissues but if they enter the eyes or brain they can cause disorders of the eye or central nervous system.

Raccoons commonly use latrine areas at the base of trees, on fallen logs, large rocks, and woodpiles and in barns and other outbuildings. To reduce risk associated with these areas, keep children from playing in or around these areas. When cleaning areas that may have been contaminated by raccoon feces, such as haylofts, fireplaces, and attics, wear disposable rubber gloves, disposable clothes, and a dust mask. Burn all material that is removed. Roundworm eggs can survive for years in the environment and are resistant to all common disinfectants. (Source: Raccoons, Wildlife Damage Management Fact Sheet Series, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Ithaca, N.Y. ©2001 by Cornell University)

Schedule our services

We here at Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services know how difficult and stressful it is to have raccoons in your home, so that’s why we offer our professional services to all the residents of Virginia. We’ll make sure to remove these pesky animals before they cause too much damage, and we will keep your home in excellent condition. So make sure to contact us today to learn more about our services!

 

 

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How to Keep Raccoons Away From Your Property

Raccoons are one of the most popular types of wildlife pests in the United States. They are responsible for extensive property damage, which is why it’s natural to want to keep them as far away as possible. So, let’s see what you can do to prevent raccoons from visiting your home. To learn more about how to get rid of raccoons at humaneraccoonremoval.org.

First, what attracts raccoons?

Raccoons, like most wildlife pests, are usually coming to human homes in search of two things: food and shelter. This is why one of the most well-known types of raccoon damage includes toppled trash cans – they are scavenging for food.

What damage do raccoons do?

Raccoons can seriously damage your property structures, including walls and window structures, as they struggle to enter your property. They will claw their way into your home, leaving sizable tears in the home itself. 

They will also destroy insulation inside your attic. Being fairly hefty creatures, they can easily trample insulation, as well as other things stored in your attic or basement.

Another threat posed by raccoons is through their feces and urine, which will, in time, stain and damage furniture and fabric. Lastly, raccoon feces also carry disease pathogens, thus endangering your family and your pets. 

How can you keep raccoons away?

Luckily for you, there’s a number of things you can do to deter raccoons from approaching your property, some more effective than others.

  • Don’t leave food sources out.

Remember that raccoons are flocking to human properties in search of food, so you’ll need to keep a close eye on readily available food on your property. If you have pets, make sure you bring in their food and water bowls in the evening, to avoid attracting raccoons and other intruders.

Similarly, make sure to pick up fallen fruit and other edibles in your yard before you go to bed, otherwise, you risk waking up to an unpleasant surprise.

  • Secure the trash.

One of the biggest points of attraction for raccoons is, of course, an open trash can. Or a closed one. See, many property owners assume that their trash is safe from raccoons simply because they put a lid on it.

Unfortunately, it’s a tad more difficult than that. Experts recommend purchasing airtight trash containers, or at least secure lids that are opened through a complex mechanism. If the lid of the trash can is apt to come off if the trash can is toppled, that practically spells a raccoon disaster.

  • Fence your garden or other potential attraction points.

Remember that raccoons are clever. They won’t just go for that leftover slice of pizza, but may also target your delicious veggie garden. This is why it’s a wise idea to put a raccoon-proof fence around your fruits and vegetables, if possible.

Similarly, you’ll want to protect fish ponds and bird feeders, as these may also attract raccoons to your property in the middle of the night. So fence those as well, using a fence specially designed for raccoons.

  • Cut off nests.

When raccoons find a property that provides readily available food sources, they will then look for a good nesting spot. So you’ll want to reduce those as well. The way you do that is by performing regular yard work and keeping it neat.

This means cutting down the number of firewood, fallen branches, tall hedges, and so on. Look for pretty much anything that might make for a good raccoon nest, and eliminate it before it becomes a problem.

Luckily for you, keeping a neat backyard will also deter other types of pests (such as snakes or squirrels) from bothering you!

If you take these steps but are still dealing with raccoons on your property, call us at Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services, LLC. today!

VPWRS Can Solve Your Problems!

  1. Scratching Noises In Your Attic, Walls, Or Crawlspace?
  2. Unwanted Animal Wildlife In Your Home, Business or Property?
  3. Bats In Your Attic?
  4. Birds In Your Dryer And Bathroom Vents?
  5. Problem Bird Or Bat Infestation?
  6. Animals In Your Chimney Or Fireplace?
  7. Digging In Your Lawn Or Under Your House, Deck Or Garage?
  8. Dead Animal Problems?
  9. Animal Odor Problems?
  10. Chewing Sounds In Your Attic Or Crawl Space?
  11. Animals Damaging Your Wiring, Insulation, Fascia, Soffits, And The Wood In Your Home?
  12. Animal Feces Removal?
  13. Attic Restorations And Clean-Up Needed?
  14. Raccoons In The Attic?

VPWRS Extensive Services

Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services provides nuisance wildlife removal, animal control, predator control, pest control, nuisance wildlife exclusion, and wildlife clean-up services.

 

We have experience handling bats, beavers, birds, Canada geese, chipmunks, coyotes, deer, foxes, groundhogs, mice, moles, raccoons, rats, opossums, otters, skunks, squirrels, snakes, voles, muskrats, bobcats, Copperhead snakes, pigeons, and other species of Virginia wildlife.

 

We operate our business within accepted industry standards and best practices, and in accordance with local, state, and federal laws.

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