Raccoons are notorious for their habit of overturning garbage cans in search of food, but many people fail to realize that they are found inside of home nearly as often as rodents and other invasive critters. This is due in part to the rapidly growing size of Orlando, and the fact that homes provide perfect shelter and an easy source of food and water. Their highly developed senses and incredible dexterity with their paws allow them to easily break into homes, where they often wreak havoc due to their larger size. The key to preventing damage to your home is getting the raccoons out quickly, and the key to that is learning the signs of their activity.
Though you may have seen a group of raccoons rifling through a dumpster at some point, they do not travel in groups unless they have babies with them. If you see a raccoon on your property, you should act quickly as they often scout out an area before they try to enter. Look for the following around your home:
- Damage to attic access points like roof soffits or vents
- Unusually alert behavior from pets, as they can often detect the presence of other animals far before humans
- Foul odors coming from your attic or stains on your walls or ceiling from raccoon waste
- Thumps, scratches, or purring noises coming from your attic – especially during nighttime hours
Keep trash cans locked or inside your garage, make sure pet bowls are brought indoors, and be sure to keep branches trimmed away from the side of your home to discourage raccoon activity further.
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At Critter Control® of Orlando, we’ve created and perfected a four-step process that allows us to remove any nuisance animals from your home, repair any damage they may have caused, and prevent future infestations, all while keeping your loved ones out of harm’s way. For any questions about our raccoon removal services, or to schedule a consultation, call us today at 407.295.7194.